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  • Severe Weather Plans are a Must Have for Every Business

    03/24/2015

    March came into Missouri like a lion with snow and ice and if we’re lucky it will leave like a lamb. Unfortunately, spring weather doesn’t often resemble a lamb. Many people have a severe weather plan for home, but Mother Nature doesn’t schedule severe weather around work hours. Businesses have a responsibility to keep employees safe during severe weather events and that means having a plan. Check out some simple steps for putting a plan together and communicating it with employees.

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  • The Value of a Background Check

    03/11/2015

    When you think about workers compensation insurance you might not think about background checks. Insurance companies utilize background checks to verify a variety of facts. With any claims process accuracy is a key factor in providing the best possible service to injured employees and stopping many types of fraud.

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  • One Free Dig Rite Meeting Can Impact Your Whole Year

    01/20/2015

    The Missouri One Call System, Inc. dispatches all underground utility locates in Missouri with the purpose of protecting life, property and the environment. Underground utilities are dangerous and extremely expensive to repair, causing interrupted services to homes and businesses. During the first quarter of every year, Missouri One Call System, Inc. (MOSCI) travels the state providing safety meetings designed to educate Missouri excavation crews, municipal employees and industry groups. The focus this year is on new state legislation that has affected the utility locating process.

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  • New OSHA Reporting Requirements: Be Prepared in 2015

    12/19/2014

    Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will implement a change to what covered employers are required to report.

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  • Reduce Your Work Comp Costs with Winter Safety Precautions

    12/12/2014

    As Missouri’s fall weather conditions deteriorate into winter, employers are encouraged to take steps now to minimize slip and trip risks. MEM injury statistics show that winter slips and trips are the most common type of employee injury in Missouri. Every employee is at risk when snow, ice and water cover walking, working and driving surfaces. Trends including an aging workforce, obesity and medical inflation combine to make these types of injuries more severe and expensive to treat. Check out our winter slip and fall prevention tips.

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  • Pop Quiz! How much do you know about gas detector docking stations?

    Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:42:00 +0000

    Find out how much you know about gas detector docking stations. Take the quiz and enter to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards!
    Content Classification:  Marketing

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  • Recycling Center to be Built on Former Mine Site

    Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:25:00 +0000

    The Borough of Ringwood, N.J., will build a recycling center on a former disposal site of Ringwood Mines.

    The EPA has granted the Borough of Ringwood, N.J., the authority to build a recycling center on the Ringwood Mines Superfund site.

    Initial cleanup plans called for the O’Connor Disposal Area – the future site of the recycling center – to be excavated, but the Borough was able to prove to the EPA that the construction of the recycling center would not take longer than excavation.

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  • Chemical Hazards in Our Backyards: Has Much Changed Since West, Texas?

    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:43:00 +0000

    Many people in the United States live in the shadows of large chemical and processing plants. As the second anniversary of the West, Texas explosion looms, a new report finds that much still needs to be done to protect our communities and first responders from chemical hazards.

    April 17 marks the second anniversary of the West, Texas fertilizer facility explosion. The disaster killed 15 people – most of them first responders – and injured 200 more. The blast leveled nearby schools and a nursing home. Had it happened during school hours, it could have killed hundreds of children.

    Content Classification:  Aggregated

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  • Mechanical Geniuses

    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:03:00 +0000

    I have a couple of male friends who seemingly can fix any household problem. One has installed toilets, light fixtures and a hot water tank at my house. In his "real" life, he's the CEO of a company he co-founded. But for years, he owned rental properties and he taught himself to do a lot of home repairs. Another friend, whom many of us refer to as "McGuyver," can fix ANYTHING.

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  • Major Workplace Disasters and Their High Human and Monetary Costs [Infographic]

    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:21:00 +0000

    From Chernobyl to the Deepwater Horizon spill to plane crashes and building collapses, disasters often take the lives of workers and have devastating economic consequences.

    As the fifth anniversary of the explosion and blowout of the Deepwater Horizon platform approaches on April 20, we're reminded that many disasters – whether plane crashes, building collapses or nuclear meltdowns – kill and injure workers.

    Often, warnings that disaster could occur went unheeded, and routine safety inspections and tasks were ignored. In some cases, employee's safety concerns were ignored, such as in the case of the Rana Plaza building collapse, where 1,219 workers ultimately died.

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  • 2015 Work Comp Academy

    April 16, 23, 29, 30 and May 14

    This seminar includes must-know topics like the overall costs of workers compensation claims, Missouri workers compensation law updates, case law updates, claims reporting, investigations and claims management. This class is perfect for new policyholders, business owners, supervisors and managers, and human resources and safety personnel.

    Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the seminar is from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Dates: 

    April 16  Columbia

    April 23  Independence

    April 29  Cape Girardeau (Osage Center)

    April 30  Chesterfield

    May 14  Springfield

    Lunch is provided at no charge.

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  • OSHA 10

    Day 1—June 15, Day 2—June 22

    This 10-hour OSHA course is an outreach program geared toward entry level construction workers. The course provides general knowledge required to recognize and prevent construction site hazards. This is a two day course and participants are required to attend both sessions below.

    Day 1     June 15   8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Day 2     June 22   8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Lunch is not provided. Fees must be paid by time of course and are payable by cash or check at the door. Credit cards are not accepted.

    Classes with fewer than 10 participants will be cancelled.

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  • National Safety Council's Defensive Driving

    July 7, 9, 15, 16, 22

    This seminar is a great way to improve your employees' safe driving knowledge. Course topics include how distractions, anger, fatigue and impairment can affect our ability to  make safe driving decisions. It's a perfect session for anyone that drives on the job. Safety materials will be provided to each participant, including:

    • Fleet safety guidebook;
    • Sample drug-free workplace program;
    • Safety posters and training materials;
    • “Click It” window clings for each vehicle in your fleet; and
    • Course certificates from the National Safety Council.

    Agents will receive four hours of Continuing Education Credits for Missouri, Illinois and Kansas property and casualty licenses.

    All sessions are from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

    July 7    Independence

    July 9    Chesterfield

    July 15  Cape Girardeau

    July 16  Springfield

    July 22  Columbia

    Locations are subject to change due to class size. Lunch is not provided.

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  • Strategies for Reducing Fleet Incidents

    July 7, 9, 15, 16, 22

    Vehicle accidents are the number one killer of employees in Missouri. During this fleet safety seminar, experts from MEM will provide you with simple and effective methods for reducing vehicle crashes and related injuries. This seminar focuses heavily on steps management can take to improve your safety culture and a review of simple, achievable safety measures your company can put into place today.

    Topics discussed include:

    • The impact of vehicle crashes on Missouri employers;
    • Refinement of the definition of “fleet”, and determination as whether or not your company has employees that do work-related driving;
    • Review of the American National Standards Institute Z-15 standard and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety ten-step process for reducing fleet incidents; and
    • Policy development that addresses dangerous driving behaviors.

    Safety materials are provided to each participant, including:

    • Fleet safety guidebook;
    • Sample drug-free workplace program;
    • Safety posters and training materials; and
    • “CLICK IT” window clings for each vehicle in your fleet.

    Participating agents will receive two hours of Continuing Education Credits for Missouri, Illinois and Kansas property and casualty licenses.

    All sessions are from 1-3:30 p.m.

    July 7    Independence

    July 9    Chesterfield 

    July 15  Cape Girardeau

    July 16  Springfield

    July 22  Columbia

    Locations are subject to change due to class size. Lunch is not provided.

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