June 29, 2018

5 Insurance Coverages Breweries Should Consider


Craft beverages have become a growing trend, not only here in our town, but across the U.S.  According to the Brewers Association, overall beer sales were down 1% in 2017.  However, craft brewer sales continue to grow at a rate of 5% by volume. Craft production has grown the most in microbreweries. Due to the large growth in craft beverages, many insurance companies have specially designed programs for breweries. Here are five insurance coverages breweries should look for in an insurance policy: Product contamination – provides coverage if beverage product becomes contaminated while on your premises or comes into contact … Continue reading

June 11, 2018

Who is at Fault for a Fallen Tree?


This is an issue that tends to cause a lot of confusion and frustration for many people. If a neighbor’s tree falls on your property, whether it be your home or business, who should have to pay?  Naturally, most people feel that it isn’t their fault, or their tree, so why should their insurance have to pay for the damage?  In most cases it isn’t really anyone’s fault.  The most common reasons trees fall are from storms, which is an act of Mother Nature. There are cases where your neighbor could be liable if their tree damages your property. For … Continue reading

May 14, 2018

Latest in Fire Safety


Technology continues to advance in so many ways and this also includes technology for fire safety. Some of the new fire alarms have some really cool features. There are “smart alarms” that will send a notification to your phone if the alarm goes off and can tell you if it is a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide, and also the location of the fire. For example, the alarm will tell you “there is smoke in the kitchen” and when one speaks they all speak, so if you are in a different room you will know there’s smoke in the kitchen. … Continue reading

October 31, 2017

6 Halloween Safety Tips


Fall is my favorite time of year. The leaves are changing colors, and the air is crisp. We are also preparing for Halloween, which is even more fun when you have two little boys whose excitement is contagious. With all the fun there is to be had, it is also important to be safe. Here a few tips to consider whether you are a homeowner or a business owner who participates in trick-or-treating. Be sure sidewalks are clear and there are no obstacles in the way that trick-or-treaters might trip on. Consider using lights or battery operated candles instead of … Continue reading

September 20, 2017

Building a Return to Work Program Part II


Building a return to work program can take some time, but the benefits are well worth it. It will be a team effort coordinating employees, medical providers, supervisors, human resources, insurance claims adjusters, and anyone else you feel is important to the process. Here are some tips on how to get started. Establish a key person who will be responsible for managing the relationship with the people stated above. They will be the liaison for all work-related and non-work related injuries and illnesses. Develop a written return to work program and make sure it is a living breathing document that … Continue reading

September 13, 2017

Building a Return to Work Program Part One


When an employee gets injured on the job we want to be sure they get the care they need to get better quickly. As an employer, one of the things you can do to help employees recover faster is implement a return to work program. Some of the advantages of a return to work program for the employer are: Retain skilled and valuable employees Keeps employees connected and working Help improve employee morale There are also important benefits for the injured employee: They continue to earn their regular paycheck and maintain benefits Productive use of their skills helps maintain self-esteem … Continue reading

September 6, 2017

Employers’ Liability


I recently attended a class on workers’ compensation and learned some interesting facts I thought I would share. Did you know workers’ compensation, or workers comp, is one of the earliest forms of insurance and dates back to the 18th century? It was started by pirates. Pirates were considered allies of some governments and as you can imagine they were often injured while “working” attacking ships, and a system was started to compensate the pirates if they were injured. Today workers’ compensation operates in a similar fashion.  If you are injured while working, workers’ comp will pay for medical expenses … Continue reading

August 28, 2017

DIY Bonds


Our website has some pretty cool features on it. One of them that most people are not aware of is the ability to issue your own bonds. If it is after hours, or you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can go to our website and issue your own Notary, ERISA or One Day Liquor Bond. The process is easy and you have your bond instantly. Visit our website www.vastsolution.com and go the bottom on the page. You will see “Get A Bond,” click on that, and it will give you bond options. If you are nervous about making a mistake , … Continue reading

July 25, 2017

Drones In Business


Chances are you have seen or used a drone at some point. Drone usage is on the rise and is expected to continue to climb.  If you use a drone in your business, you could be at risk. A drone is an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and most insurance policies exclude them at this point in time. Drones are a new exposure that most insurance companies are still trying to figure out how to handle. If you use a drone in your business, let your insurance agent know, as some carriers are able to remove the exclusion of coverage. Otherwise, … Continue reading

July 5, 2017

Why We Are Blue


Blue is our culture here at VAST. Being blue means we embody our 9 core values: communication, empowered, fun, relationships, results, team, innovative, healthy and integrity. It is what we live and breathe on a daily basis, so I wanted to reflect on a few events we have had in our office so far this year that embrace our blue culture. Every January at our annual meeting our Zen Committee announces a 12 week wellness challenge to all employees. This year we “climbed” Mount Everest. For every 120 minutes of exercise you moved your climber up the mountain. If you … Continue reading

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