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Auto Mechanics Exposure to Asbestos

Posted by Brian Kiley on Aug 28, 2014 9:23:00 AM

Auto mechanics and repair technicians are exposed to many hazards in their jobs. This includes slips and falls, particles in the eye, cuts, and burns from hot car parts. One of the most serious hazards, however, is often overlooked. This is exposure to friable asbestos from friction wear of brake pads/shoes and internal clutch parts. Aftermarket parts often manufactured overseas typically contain higher asbestos content, along with older model vehicle parts or used parts obtained from auto salvage yards.  

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Safety Controls for your Restaurant

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jul 21, 2014 2:35:00 PM

By their very nature, restaurants present significant exposures when it comes to potential losses. That’s why owners and operators appreciate insurance companies surveying, or inspecting, their properties to find ways to prevent losses. Here are several safety controls you should have in place to help prevent or minimize losses at your restaurant.

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Clear Contracts Needed as Co-working Expands

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jun 26, 2014 2:02:00 PM

Co-working is the practice of sharing office space with other businesses, and it’s on the rise in the United States. Small companies use co-working as a way to keep overhead costs down. These small businesses essentially “lease” space from existing companies that have excess room. 

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Metal Fabrication and Machine Shop Safety

Posted by Brian Kiley on Apr 30, 2014 8:52:00 AM

Several severe injuries recently occurred in metal fabrication operations and machine shops insured by West Bend. These accidents resulted from in-rolling nip points, inadequately guarded punch presses, and other improperly-guarded manufacturing machinery. These losses will significantly influence the manufacturers’ future Workers’ Compensation premiums and WC mods. What’s worse, these accidents caused extremely severe, potentially life-changing injuries to valuable employees.

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West Bend Auto Services Program

Posted by Nick Listwan on Apr 10, 2014 2:47:00 PM

If your business is an automobile, body, and paint shop; an automobile and light truck repair or service shop; or an automobile electronics and accessory installation shop, West Bend’s Auto Service Program might be right for you.

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Keep your Employees and Customers Safe!

Posted by Sherry Williams on Mar 21, 2014 9:15:00 AM

For the safety of your employees and customers, nothing can be more important than having a NFPA (UL300) system in your restaurant’s kitchen.

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Help Reduce Winter Slips and Falls

Posted by Brian Kiley on Feb 21, 2014 1:52:00 PM

Tough winters like this one can be very hard on private passenger and light truck vehicles. Everything from batteries to coolant systems, gas lines to tires can take a beating from the extreme weather conditions. If you own an auto parts store or auto service business, you’ve probably seen an increase in the number of customers purchasing  parts or having work done on their vehicles. 

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Tips to Help Prepare Your OSHA 300 Log

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jan 29, 2014 8:49:00 AM

Did you know your OSHA log must be posted by February 1, 2014? OSHA 300 logs and summary pages can be confusing and time consuming if you’re not sure what to do. Here are a few helpful tips as you prepare to finalize your OSHA 300 log:

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Emergency Preparedness and Multiple Languages

Posted by Brian Kiley on Sep 19, 2013 11:06:00 AM

In the wake of recent natural disasters, everyone has heightened awareness for emergency planning. If yours is like most companies, you already have a written emergency plan, as well as posted emergency procedures and maps of fire evacuation routes and severe weather safe areas.

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