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  • Tragedy Avoided: Employee's Life Saved by a Seat Belt

    05/24/2016

    Although seat belt safety is enforced by many employers, statistics show many people still ignore important safety practices. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 68.3 percent of vehicle occupants who died in Missouri car crashes from 2011 to 2013 were not buckled up. Seat belts save lives, and most recently, Goodrich Gas was a great testament of this claim.


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  • Safety Stand-Downs: A Great Time to Bring Up Injury Prevention

    05/11/2016

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from elevation continue to be the leading cause of death among construction employees, with 345 of the 899 reported fatalities recorded in 2014. In addition to this alarming statistic, OSHA reported that 23 percent of all workplace fatalities in the Kansas City region involved vehicle-related “struck by” incidents from 2012-15.

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  • Don't Let Workplace Hazards Trip You Up

    04/04/2016

    Slips, trips and falls are part of everyday life sometimes even seem funny. They are also the No. 1 cause of workplace injuries, with costs averaging $47,696 per lost-time claim. Unfortunately, these injuries often result in pain and suffering for your employees, as well as significant workers compensation costs for your business. This makes slips, trips and falls not so funny, but they are preventable.

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  • Ergonomically Correct Means Fewer Injuries and Increased Productivity

    03/16/2016

    Computer monitors that are too close, repetitive motion and muscle fatigue may seem low risk but the injuries that come with them can be permanent and costly. In fact, work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time (1). Investing a little time and money on ergonomics in your workplace can add value for many years to come.

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  • Designate a Doctor Now to Take Care of Employees While Managing Costs

    02/23/2016

    Before you send an injured employee to the emergency room, Missouri Employers Mutual encourages you to consider this: medical costs continue to rise and have become a bigger piece of total work comp costs during the last 10 years. In addition, emergency room (ER) costs have increased significantly over the past three years.  While some work injuries definitely require emergency services, most are better treated by an occupational medical facility or a physician familiar with work related injuries and the work comp system. Designating such a provider before an injury occurs is one way you can control medical costs, key to keeping a lid on your e-mod and premium.

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  • Texas A&M: No Sitting Down on the Job!

    Fri, 27 May 2016 17:02:00 +0000

    Research shows a 46 percent increase in workplace productivity with the use of standing desks.

    New research from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health indicates that standing desks may boost worker productivity, in addition to previously known benefits including helping burn more calories and fight obesity.

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  • The Wrong Key Performance Indicators Can Drive the Wrong Behavior

    Fri, 27 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000

    How to identify the correct indicators and reward system to improve safety performance.

    I recently was asked by a global client in the mining industry for advice on the company’s plans to introduce a new variable compensation system for employees related to safety performance.

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  • Job-Sponsored Language Training Improves Confidence and Career Prospects for Millennials

    Thu, 26 May 2016 16:18:00 +0000

    Want to mentor future global business leaders? Teach your employees new languages.

    Rosetta Stone Inc.’s 2016 Business Impact Survey reveals the importance of language training for millennial employees. The results showed that over half of millennial respondents say language training has improved their career prospects and positively affects employer perception. In addition, 80 percent of millennials noted improved confidence as a result of language training.

    Rosetta Stone surveyed more than 5,400 corporate users of its language-learning product, representing more than 900 companies across the globe.

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  • High Level of Fitness Can Be a Predictor of Back Injuries Among Police Officers

    Thu, 26 May 2016 16:05:00 +0000

    A study of an elite group of police officers – thought to be in top physical condition – showed seven predictors of back injuries and surprisingly, a high level of fitness was one.

    Researchers from Canada have received the 2016 Liberty Mutual Award for their work assessing links between specific fitness and movement abilities of a group of elite task force police officers and subsequent back injuries.

    Their scientific paper, “Can Fitness and Movement Quality Prevent Back Injury in Elite Task Force Police Officers? A 5-Year Longitudinal Study,” examined 53 elite police force members.

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  • Safety Supply Checklist for Cleaning Professionals

    Thu, 26 May 2016 15:52:00 +0000

    Don’t ignore your cleaning staff when considering worker safety and personal protective equipment.

    Safety continues to be a major concern in professional cleaning. Invariably, cleaning workers focus on cleaning chemicals, equipment and tools to perform their tasks, but safety equipment often takes a backseat.

    “Cleaning workers suffer more injuries than many other workers in private industry,” says Vicky Adams, category manager for safety, gloves and foodservice products for Impact Products. “Studies going back to 2007 find that full-time custodians are injured on the job sometimes as much as two times that of other workers in private industry.”

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  • National Safety Council's Defensive Driving

    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.

    Session time: 1-5 p.m.

    July 14 Columbia

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

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