Driving safely through work zones: Protecting yourself and construction workers
Roadway construction zones are dangerous, and not just for the people who work in them. In fact, drivers are the most frequent fatality in work zone crashes. In Wisconsin alone, there is an average of 2,000 work zone crashes each year and penalties for careless driving through work zones are steep.
Drivers must stay attentive to safely navigate the barrels, signs, and lane changes that are common in work zones. Being safe in a work zone means paying attention to the three S's: speed, stress, and space.
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That text? It can wait. Take the pledge to stop distracted driving
Distraction comes in many forms.
In the car, it could mean taking your eyes off the road to change the radio station, taking your hands off the wheel to enjoy the first sip of morning coffee, or losing your focus because you're talking to a passenger.
From eating, drinking, and personal grooming, to using a GPS, and talking or texting on a cell phone, there's no limit to the possible distractions while driving. Each one puts the driver, passengers, and others on the road at risk.Read More →
On your mark...Get set...Go! Planning a successful run/walk
According to Running USA, there were more than 18.3 million race registrants in the U.S. in 2017. With numbers like these, it's no surprise that run/walk charity events are becoming a popular fundraiser.
Participating in a run/walk as either a runner or volunteer is one thing, but planning your own run/walk event is another altogether.
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Homeowner headaches: Protecting your basement from water damage
Melting snow, rain showers, and warmer weather, oh my! The signs of spring are a welcome sight...until all that extra water winds up in your basement.
Basements are especially prone to water damage and it's estimated that 98% of basements in the U.S. will suffer from some type of water damage during their lifetime. If it happens to your home or commercial building, you could face large repair costs or a decline in indoor air quality associated with mold and mildew.
What can you do to protect your home and keep your basement dry?
The first step is to understand the difference between flooding and water back up. Then, make sure you know what's covered under your insurance policy.Read More →
Climb with care and step up to safe ladder practices
If you own a home, chances are you own a ladder. Since they're such common tools, it's easy to forget just how dangerous they can be. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 97 percent of ladder falls occur at home or on farms. Falls from a household ladder can easily cause sprains, broken bones, or worse.
Always remember to think before you climb.Read More →
Delayed flights and lost luggage often headline the list of concerns for travelers, but they are minor inconveniences compared to severe illness, missing prescriptions, or serious injury away from home.
The time to prepare for sickness is before germs hit your team. Illnesses can happen anytime, but flu season generally peaks between December and February, although it can stretch from October through May. Consider how you canprevent an outbreak and how you can respond quickly to limit the impact and costs to your business.
When Jenny VanDeHei left for college to study business, she thought she had picked her last stone and fed her last calf. She loved the family farm she grew up on, but she saw her future as an accountant, in an office building in the city, far from the country fresh smell of cow manure.
When you’re born into a farm family, on the job training begins the moment you can walk. You learn quickly where it’s safe to play, not to startle the animals, and that there’s always a way you can help – no matter your age. Curt Weis, Manager – Farm and Agribusiness Training, can attest to this because he earned his keep by working on his family’s farm right up until he left for college.
Patti Lemke, Sr. Agribusiness Underwriter, spent her entire young life living and working on a farm. Her parents owned and operated a small farm in Eden, Wis. that milked 65 cows in a stanchion barn, and she worked on a large dairy farm that milked 700 head from the time she was 14 until she left for college.