West Bend Mutual Insurance Company works with more than 200 Y associations throughout the Midwest. Each year, these Ys submit hundreds of insurance claims to West Bend. This year, we conducted a thorough analysis of each of these claims and held a live online seminar for our customers to discuss the results. To help make other Ys (and similar organizations) safe for…continue reading the rest of Safety at the Y in 2014
Winter is definitely here. Much of Minnesota is still digging out from over two feet of snow and half the country is bracing for crippling ice storms. Every year, at just about this time, the claims department at West Bend sees a drastic increase in the number of reported claims during the winter months. These claims are usually the result of…continue reading the rest of Say "Yes" to a Snow Removal Contractor this Winter
Imagine you’re shopping for new tires for your car. You have the choice between budget tires that cost much less, but have been reported to underperform in rainy or snowy conditions, and tires that are relatively more expensive, but have great safety ratings. If you live in a place where it rains or snows often, you might find it worthwhile to…continue reading the rest of Ask the Experts: How Much Does Child Care Insurance Cost?
West Bend works with the very best independent agents to provide comprehensive liability insurance for child care centers. Debe Marofsky from Affiliated Insurance in Plymouth, Minnesota is one such agent. Debe has been working with in-home daycares and child care centers for more than 20 years.
In that time, she's worked with hundreds of child care providers, and she prides herself on only working with centers that…continue reading the rest of 3 Red Flags in Child Care Centers
Back in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics published the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries [PDF] which tabulates important data on every work-related fatality. NPR's Planet Money published a nice graphic showing some of the country's deadliest occupations. The list includes a lot of the dangerous occupations…continue reading the rest of Your Odds of Dying At Work
For the last few years we've been steadily adding more and more content to this site. True to our domain name, the new content we add is almost exclusively related to promoting a culture of safety. When browsing through our library of safety tips, you'll notice that the large majority of our resources start with a real life story outlining some horrifying accident, injury or death. We do this for a reason. We tell stories like this one to provide…continue reading the rest of What Should You REALLY Be Afraid Of?
Imagine that your pool experiences the worst-case scenario... a drowning. In addition to grieving family members, distraught lifeguards, and a devastated community, you're also be flooded with attention by lawyers and media outlets. In all of this chaos, how much energy do you think you'll be able to dedicate to compiling the paperwork that may make or break the future of…continue reading the rest of Does that Lifeguard Belong on the Pool Deck?
I've called Duluth, Minnesota "home" for the last two years. In that time I've experienced a burst water pipe, fallen tree branches and a lot of snow. In 1994, I made it through the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Northridge, California, despite living just a few miles from the epicenter. In 2010, I witnessed first-hand the force of the floods that devastated Nashville, Tennessee and dumped more than five feet of water on my mom's home. And for the last four years I've worked for an insurance company that's…continue reading the rest of Lessons Learned from the Duluth Flood [Photos]
"Phone, keys, wallet."
"Phone, keys, wallet."
"Phone, keys, wallet."
I repeat those three things while tapping at my pockets all day long. I don't go anywhere without the three. Even when I'm at home I know precisely where my phone is at all times. I didn't know it until today, but there is no doubt that I am the very definition of a…continue reading the rest of Are you Nomophobic? Probably.
Johnson & Johnson has just announced a major recall for their line of Infant's Tylenol. The recall covers more than 500,000 bottles of liquid Tylenol. While there is reportedly nothing wrong with the medicine itself, a portion of the "SimpleMeasure" dosing system has a flawed design that can lead to a portion of the packaging to fall into the medicine.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to…continue reading the rest of Product Recalls: Tylenol for Infants