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Tips to avoid water issues for your business

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Feb 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Our good ole Wisconsin winter has delivered everything from freezing temperatures to unseasonably warm weather. We’ve been dumped on by snow, just to have it melt, flood our yards, and return to freezing temperatures. Recently, I could’ve ice-skated in my back yard and now spring is less than a month away! It’s important to safeguard your property and minimize water losses. Here are some things you can do to ensure your business stays dry.

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Why and how to create a disaster supply kit

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jan 31, 2018 9:00:00 AM

GettyImages-499916284.jpgNatural disasters can strike at any time and can leave individuals and facilities without necessary supplies for days at a time. Disaster supply kits are an important and potentially lifesaving tool all buildings should be equipped with. These kits contain essential supplies that may prove invaluable after a disaster. A proper disaster supply kit can help survive these disasters and provide adequate relief until help arrives. A good disaster supply kit should contain enough of the following items for at least 3 days:

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Enhance Equipment Breakdown Coverage with TechAdvantage™

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jan 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

West Bend’s TechAdvantage™ Equipment Breakdown Coverage includes all of the coverages, services, and benefits associated with traditional Equipment Breakdown products, along with a variety of new coverages designed to address today’s modern equipment risks. This coverage is effective February 1, 2018 for new business and April 1, 2018 for renewal business.

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Above Ground Fuel Tank Safety Requirements

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jan 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Above-ground fuel tanks can be a convenience to businesses that require frequent fueling of company vehicles, construction vehicles, lawn mowing equipment, and power tools. Above-ground fuel tanks can also present significant loss exposures in the form of fires, explosion, pollution, and theft. If your company or business has an above-ground fuel tank or is considering installing one, here are some requirements you'll need to consider:

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Tips to protect outdoor workers during frigid temperatures

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Dec 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Outdoor workers are exposed to many physical hazards depending on their responsibilities, the season and duration they’re outside. In winter, extreme cold and wet conditions can present a number of health risks.

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Pawtastic Social Media Content Ideas for Veterinarians

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Dec 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Cats dressed as sharks riding Roombas. Huskies howling “nooooooooo” when their owner wants to leave. Amazing rescue transformation videos that make us all cry. These videos are some of the most shared and loved content on social media. Social, in fact, is a perfect venue to share your veterinary business.

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Why businesses need certificates of insurance

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Nov 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Insureds often ask our loss prevention representatives if certificates of insurance are necessary. If your organization uses outside vendors/contractors or other groups use your facility for anything (snow removal, remodeling or repairs, special events, etc.), certificates of insurance are vitally important.

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Protecting your retail business from cybercriminals this holiday season

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Nov 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Retailers are gearing up for one of the busiest and most profitable times of year – the holidays. I try to shop locally owned specialty shops and boutiques to support my community and to find exceptional gifts for my loved ones. Remember, your insurance coverage is just as important as the quality of items you sell in your store.

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Preventing slips, trips, and falls on stairs

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Oct 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  We tend to agree, especially when it comes to slips, trips, and falls, as they make up the majority of general industry accidents.  According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths, just second to motor vehicle accidents.  They total 25% of reported general industry accident claims each year. In addition, over 17% of disabling occupational injuries result from falls.  Most could’ve been prevented.

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Understanding Coverage for Light Manufacturing Facilities

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Oct 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

West Bend considers light manufacturing operations to include manufacturers of small stamped, rolled, turned, pressed, cut, machined, or soldered/welded products or component parts that are made from material other than wood. Operations generally produce items that are simple in nature and physically small. 

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