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The Importance of Fall Protection

Posted by Brian Kiley on Sep 19, 2014 12:05:00 PM

Mike was still a young man the day his life changed forever. He was working at a residential construction site. He and his coworkers were laying out walls on the floor of the new home and Mike was taking measurements near the edge of the second story. No one knows exactly what happened, but he fell over the edge and landed on construction materials 22 feet below. He suffered a spinal cord injury that left him a paralyzed from the waist down. This is an actual West Bend work comp claim. If a fall protection system had been in place, it could have been prevented.

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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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Risks and Safety Plans for Auto Part Stores

Posted by Brian Kiley on Aug 22, 2014 2:05:00 PM

I’m just the owner of an auto parts store. How much risk do I really have in my business?

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Safety Professionals and Volunteering in Your Communities

Posted by Brian Kiley on Aug 1, 2014 3:25:00 PM

I believe one of the benefits of being a safety professional that’s most overlooked is the opportunity to volunteer our technical skills for local, regional, or national nonprofit organizations. There are many opportunities to give back to our communities. The groups may be local organizations or national outreach chapters. But these groups aren’t the only ones who benefit. Volunteering helps safety professionals learn new skill sets, as well as network both professionally and personally. 

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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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How Should I Store Idle Pallets?

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jun 20, 2014 11:11:00 AM

Storing idle pallets can create a severe fire hazard, whether inside or outside your building. Wood pallets dry out and become susceptible to easy ignition by even the smallest source.

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Safety in Manufacturing: Where to Start

Posted by Brian Kiley on May 21, 2014 9:09:00 AM

When it comes to safety and compliance, knowing where to begin is often the biggest obstacle employers face. Between OSHA compliance, state laws, and various insurance rules and regulations, it can be a daunting task. When I visit a manufacturing shop, I want to make sure there are several key safety plans in place. If you don’t have these safety plans in place, this could be a good place for you to start. 

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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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