Safety Concerns for Summer Camps in 2012

April 20, 2012

Every year around this time, West Bend's loss prevention representatives start preparing for dozens of summer camp counselor presentations. Last year, in fact, we presented to more than 1,250 summer and day camp counselors throughout May and June.

Because every single camp is unique, we've found that a single, pre-prepared presentation or video simply won't cut it. Discussing incident reporting to an experienced staff of counselors, for example, is going to be different than a similar discussion with

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The Luckiest Driver You've Ever Seen

April 16, 2012

Exactly one month ago we shared a video of the most shocking car crash you'll ever see. In that short amount of time it has become one of the most viewed posts ever on Culture of Safety.

If the carnage displayed in that 30 second clip showed us anything, it was just how devastating things can be in a worst case scenario. The setting for this new clip is similar in almost every way; the only difference is

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Two Kids Die in Frigid Lake

April 13, 2012

Brothers Jacob (2) and Zech (6) both died of hypothermia last week after the sail boat they were in capsized in the middle of Clearwater Lake in northern Minnesota. The boys were accompanied by their 8-year-old brother and their father. All four were wearing life jackets.

According to the boys' father, the boat capsized after a strong gust of wind struck the sails. He reportedly tried pulling all three boys to shore, but strong currents made that impossible. Instead, he left the boys in

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Developing a Preventative Maintenance Program

April 12, 2012

Last week I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the Southern Wisconsin YMCA Property Managers Spring Conference. West Bend was fortunate enough to host this year’s event for Y property managers and facility directors from more than a dozen different branches.

Lou Glassman, the Facilities Manager for West Bend, kicked things off by

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Record Temps Aren't Always Fun in the Sun

April 11, 2012

You could just feel that March 2012 was warmer than usual. Well, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a report on Monday that proves it. And the data is shocking.

The following graphic shows the difference from the average temperature for the contiguous United States. The entire Midwest experienced March temperatures

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