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What to Know About Workers’ Compensation and Volunteer Accident Insurance

Even with the best training and safety precautions, it’s still a possibility that one day one of your workers or volunteers could be hurt in an accident. Even a minor injury could result in a major medical bill, that in turn could lead to a lawsuit for your Lodge. Employees and volunteers are at the heart of your Lodge, so it’s important that you protect them while also protecting your organization.

Different insurance coverage responds depending on the type of claim. While your Lodge likely has Workers’ Compensation coverage if you have employees, it’s important to know this coverage isn’t for volunteers, who are best protected by Volunteer Accident Insurance. Understanding the difference in these two types of coverage is crucial to ensure all your people are protected.

Here’s what to […]

October 6th, 2021|

All-Weather Grill Safety for Lodges

Outdoor grilling is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing parts of summer but getting everyone together for a cookout at the Lodge is great anytime the weather’s nice. In milder climates, you can safely cook outdoors well into fall or even all year long. If the weather does turn cold, you’ll want to make sure your grill is safely stored so it’s ready the next time you use it.

Grill safety for Lodges is important all year round. Annually, nearly 20,000 emergency room visits and 9,000 fire department calls are the result of grills, according to NFPA. The risk of accidents, injuries and property damage don’t go away when the weather turns cold, so it’s important to follow the proper precautions whether your grill is on […]

July 27th, 2021|

7 Must-Do Events for Your Lodge This Summer

Summer is just a short few months for Lodges to hold events outdoors when the weather is nice and families and kids are looking for something fun to do.

Options are nearly endless, but a few fun ideas are so popular that many organizations consider them a must-do. These are the events your members and guests are guaranteed to love. If you’re still looking for summer activities, here are 7 must-do summer events for your Lodge, plus important information about how to make sure the event is safe for your organization.

Summer Cookouts

Everyone loves a cookout. Grilling outdoors with tasty meats and veggies is a summer favorite, and not much is required to get started. A parking lot or grassy area outside the Lodge will do. Cookout fundraisers can be incorporated, […]

July 9th, 2021|

Fireworks Safety and Liability

Summer fireworks events are a lot of fun but can be dangerous. The potential for injury is high, and organizations like your Lodge can face liability if a member, guest or volunteer is injured, or if property is damaged. Before you decide to include fireworks at your next event, make sure you’re prepared to have a safe, properly permitted and insured event.

What You Should Know About Fireworks Events

Fireworks events are a common sight every summer. Fourth of July celebrations, picnics, festivals, weddings and other outdoor events can all feature fireworks displays or shows. Some organizations also host fireworks sales as a fundraising activity. Many of these events go off successfully and a happy crowd goes home without injuries or damages.

However, fireworks events do present […]

May 21st, 2021|

Top 10 Safety Risks of Outdoor Events

As the weather gets nicer, many Lodges will plan outdoor events for members and guests. Everyone enjoys spending time outside, participating in a parade, having a picnic or just enjoying the great outdoors. But for event attendees to enjoy a safe outing, organizers need to spend some time thinking about what might go wrong.

Every event faces safety risks and outdoor events are no different. Here are the top 10 safety risks of outdoor events to prepare for before your next event.

Top 10 Safety Risks of Outdoor Events

1. Food Safety

Most outdoor events don’t feel complete without a picnic, but food safety should be top of mind. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Separate uncooked meat from other food and cook thoroughly to recommended temperatures. Keep dishes out of […]

April 23rd, 2021|

Your Guide to Working with Vendors

Working with vendors can be extremely beneficial to your Lodge. Specialized vendors that handle your Lodge’s food and beverage, alcohol, cleaning or technical needs can be a big help, boosting efficiency while saving on costs.

But working with vendors also presents some challenges. Partnering with a vendor can expose your Lodge to added risk, so it’s important to minimize the chance of potential problems.

The right level of insurance protection helps protect both you and your vendors, making sure you both are covered in the event of a claim. Here’s your guide to working with vendors and how to check your insurance coverages for a successful partnership.

What to Look for in a Vendor

Always work with vendors that are properly insured. Expertise, recommendations and performance are important but claims can happen even […]

November 25th, 2020|

How to Handle Complaints at the Lodge

Things often get busy at the Lodge, making it easy to overlook when a member, volunteer or guest brings up a complaint. Mistakes and misunderstandings happen every day, even when your Lodge is led by passionate, hard-working people.

While we all would like to minimize our mistakes, how you handle these difficulties is often more important.

A complaint represents a risk to your organization. Complaints that are brushed off or handled poorly can result in an unnecessary claim being made, which can cause stress, endanger budgets and lead to negative publicity.

It’s important for you to be aware of the kinds of complaints you may face and understand the best practices for managing a complaint. Here’s what to know, plus 4 tips to handle complaints at the Lodge.

Lodge Complaint Scenarios

Your organization is […]

November 4th, 2020|

Workers’ Compensation and Volunteer Accident Insurance

Employees and volunteers are at the heart of your Lodge, and as an organization, one of your greatest responsibilities is ensuring they all are adequately protected. You may need Workers’ Compensation and Volunteer Accident Insurance to fully protect them.

While your Lodge likely has Workers’ Compensation coverage if you have employees, it’s important to know this coverage isn’t for volunteers, who are best protected by Volunteer Accident Insurance. Understanding Workers’ Compensation and Volunteer Accident Insurance is crucial to ensure all your people are protected.

Here’s what to know about the difference in these two types of coverage and why your Lodge may need both types of coverage.

Understanding Workers’ Compensation for Lodge

Even with the best training and safety precautions, accidents are bound to happen. The consequences of an accident can […]

June 17th, 2020|

Hire Landscaping Professionals or Use Volunteers?

Like many, your Lodge might considering whether or not to hire landscaping professionals or to use volunteers. With volunteers, you could save on budget while engaging the local community. But yardwork, gardening, mowing, tree-trimming, landscaping and horticultural labor does carry the risk of injury, so it’s important to manage the risk.

Risks that Exist

The landscaping and horticultural services provided by professionals is wide-ranging. From simple mowing and mulching, to tree trimming, line clearance, irrigation, planting, architectural design and heavy construction, the services are vast. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the professional industry reports about 13,025 injuries per year. Many injuries are minor such as sprains or strains, but the potential for serious injury exists. Hazards include power tools and machinery, overhead electrical lines, heavy loads, falling objects, slips […]

February 25th, 2020|

Does Your Property Policy Cover a Smoking Porch Addition?

If your Lodge is building an smoking porch addition on the property, it’s crucial to involve your property insurance agent or broker in the process to avoid problems like coverage misunderstandings, denied coverage for claims and losses, and underinsurance issues.

As of January 1, 2020, Lodges have become smoke-free. It’s a big change for members, and in many cases, it’s also leading to big changes for Lodge facilities, so it’s important to be prepared.

Going Tobacco-Free

With delegates voting to make all Lodges smoke-free on Jan. 1, 2020, many Lodges are adding space to their properties to give smokers a place to go. Whether it’s a new deck, pergola or smoking porch addition, this solution is a win–win, helping your Lodge provide a welcoming atmosphere for prospective members inside the Lodge, while […]

January 8th, 2020|