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Cyber Predators may be half a world away, but the internet puts them at your front door The intensity and approach of cyber predators is growing at a rapid rate because our society has so quickly and fully adopted the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Risk Factors
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Cyber security is not a “once and done” proposition Small businesses present a soft target because they tend to have basic security programs. The small business “security program” may consist of only a free anti-virus program and an outsourced IT... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Risk Factors
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Large companies invest in cyber defense, making small businesses an easier target Google the phrase “small business gets hacked.” My search uncovered over 2 million hits. One of the top headlines reading “43% of cyber-attacks target small businesses”. The media... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Risk Factors
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Large companies invest in cyber defense, making small businesses an easier target Google the phrase “small business gets hacked.” My search uncovered over 2 million hits. One of the top headlines reading “43% of cyber-attacks target small businesses”. The media... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Risk Factors
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The sun rises on sprawling green grass and hits a familiar patch of black and white speckled fur. It is just another morning on the farm with a long day’s work ahead. According to the Midwest Dairy Association, this cow and its peers will be milked two or three times before the sun sets. Crops will be gathered from nearby fields and, combined with animal-based dairy products produced, will be loaded on to trucks for processing and distribution. Here, these items will be packed for purchase and delivery to grocery stores, markets and school district cafeterias across the nation. Farm-to-table... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Grains of Knowledge
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On January 9, 2014 one of the worst chemical spills in history occurred when toxic chemicals were released from a facility into the Elk River, near Charleston, West Virginia. This spill resulted in contamination of the drinking water supply of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Risk Factors
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Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is a disease that impacts pork populations, causing severe diarrhea and dehydration. Newborn piglets exposed to the disease usually die within a few days, while older pigs face sickness and weight loss. Instances of the disease were found primarily in Europe and Asia until spring 2013, when the illness made its way to the United States. It has since made its way to Canada, expanding throughout North America. While the illness poses zero threat to humans with regard to exposure to sick pigs or consumption of impacted meat, the spread of this disease does impact... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Grains of Knowledge
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Last month, we highlighted 4 ways technology is driving growth on the modern farm, including solutions that track precision and efficiency levels, big data and Google glass’ impacts on process creation and management, and drone capabilities to manage and assist. While many of these advancements focus on the farm as a whole, steps are also being taken to research and create new concepts with livestock as a core focus. Whether it is research tied to specific animals for the betterment of society, or technology that makes other animals on the farm experience the epitome of comfort, advancements are being made... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Grains of Knowledge
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This post is the second in a series that will countdown the top 10 most common violations reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Be sure to check back for updates to the series! Written By: Matthew Day,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Risk Factors
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As winter weather continues to wreak havoc on cities across the nation, key industries are feeling the brunt of the effects, including agriculture. Extreme cold and abnormal temperature drops impact livestock, crops, and the families that dedicate their lives to growth and production, including delays in spring planting. With potential for less fresh crops available, patrons in grocery store isles across America may be find themselves in search of a healthy and sustainable alterative. In honor of National Frozen Food Month, we spotlight the benefits to selecting frozen when items are out of season, considerations as you read package labels,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Grains of Knowledge
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You are probably familiar with the joint disease arthritis. When spoken, heard, or read about, it may trigger a visual or personal reference to this fairly common condition and side effects—but do you really know what arthritis is and how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Risk Factors
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Post written by Mike Almes This winter has been brutal—ice and snow accumulating; water being tracked over your floor mats and onto your floors; salt eating up your finish. We can all agree that 2014 is off to a nasty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Risk Factors
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On Monday, February 17th, Westfield representatives presented at the annual Farm Truck Awareness Safety Day. The well-attended event took place at Buckeye Harvesting LLC, in Sabina, Ohio and included several local Ohio sponsors including the Ohio State University Extension. Members of the Corn Growers Association, as well as others who surround the agricultural industry, were in attendance to hear the latest in trucking and hauling trends for agriculture. Safety Measures for a Complex Business Various presenters focused on the agricultural industry and farm truck safety, including representatives from Westfield. Eric Arnholt, an underwriter in our specialty lines area, along with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Grains of Knowledge
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As the clock struck midnight, 2013 came to a close, and 2014 was upon us, did you find yourself thinking about the year ahead? 45% of Americans make a New Year’s resolution, according to Statistic Brain reports of a study... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Risk Factors
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Emerging national trends are forcing farmers to rethink processes and increasingly look to technology for solutions: Rising populations that drive increases in demand. Rising income levels that drive demand through increased access to resources. Drastic climate changes that affect anticipated crop levels (decrease in supply). Extreme usage of vital natural resources that impact tomorrow’s crop capabilities (further decrease in supply). Lack of interest in the farming profession by the youth to carry on family traditions and maintain national food supply levels. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently put a focus on the role of agricultural technologies to meet... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Grains of Knowledge
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Health scares are unplanned. While you may think it will never happen at your workplace, or to a member of your team, it is best to be prepared—just in case. In an infographic on cardiac arrest and heart attack basics,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Risk Factors
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This week, we shared a few happy heart tips with you in celebration of American Heart Month on the Westfield Facebook page—which ones really stuck with you? In case you missed it, we outlined each of the facts shared below,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Risk Factors
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This post is the first in a series that will countdown the top 10 most common violations reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Be sure to check back for updates to the series! Written By: Matthew Day,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Risk Factors
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The convenience that canned food brings makes it a staple in the grocery store aisle. Need proof? The next time you are at the store, take a walk up each of the rows and note the number of cans. They line the shelves as a quick and simple solution for produce, grain and proteins, but with a hidden risk that could turn an otherwise healthy choice into a medical misfortune. The culprit? A relatively illusive culprit named Bisphenol-A, or BPA, an industrial chemical used since the 1960s to protect cans ingredients from contamination. While BPA keeps canned food items fresh... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Grains of Knowledge
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The sign is on; “Vacancy” is lit up in the night sky and beds are ready for their temporary tenants. But has your business also left itself open to risk? A lack of guest safety and security could be a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Risk Factors
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In today’s tech-savvy environment, ownership of any item your heart desires can be accomplished through a simple act—the swipe of a card at a register, or input of a series of numbers into an online form, and the item is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Risk Factors
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Written by: Steve Damsker & Kirsten Hedden In 2012, Amazon sold 306 items every SECOND during the holiday rush. As more and more people shop the Internet for their holiday treasures and the next best deal, it is important to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Risk Factors
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Post written by Cynthia Roberts-Tamm It’s that time of year when we have childhood daydreams of lighted trees, thick garland, glass ornaments, among various festive decorations to be adored by your customers…and their children. Oh, the grandeur and SAFETY of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Risk Factors
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Post written by Mike Almes As a property owner, it’s critical to keep your commercial property free of ice and snow during the winter season. Maintaining a safe and “customer friendly” facility will mitigate risk of accident, and will keep... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Risk Factors