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  • Seat Belts Save Lives: It's No Mystery

    09/01/2015

    In 2004, 25-year-old Paul Bailey was traveling on Interstate 95 in North Carolina in route to New York, when his 1994 Honda Accord was t-boned by a pick-up truck. Bailey remembers hitting his head on the drivers’ side window and his body thrusting against the armrest, ultimately breaking the armrest. You’ve heard all the myths about seat belts; add Bailey’s survival story to the list of truths.

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  • WorkSAFE Week 2015: Keep Your Employees on Their Feet by Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

    08/21/2015

    Once a year, Missouri Employers Mutual dedicates a week to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety through statewide activities. This year’s WorkSAFE Week is Aug. 24-28 and the focus is on preventing slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

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  • Safety Solutions to Falls from Ladders Available on Your Phone

    07/01/2015

    Ladders are involved in many serious fall incidents in the workplace and at home. This type of incident almost always results in lifelong injuries with treatment and therapy costs that can reach millions of dollars. In fact, four of Missouri Employers Mutual’s most devastating and costly workers compensation claims have involved falls.

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  • New Hire Injuries Can Happen to You

    05/21/2015

    New hire injuries can happen to you. Take a look at some real examples of how not investing time in new hire safety training and screening practices only resulted in the growth of costs, not profits. Simple strategies can help turn these mistakes into future cost savings.

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  • New Hires Shouldn't Mean New Injuries

    05/05/2015

    You hire new employees with the intention of maintaining or increasing your production and profitability, but definitely not to increase your workplace injuries. Unfortunately, safety in the workplace is often overlooked on the new hire checklist. In fact, 40 percent of injured employees have been on the job less than one year (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). You can reduce your new hire risk and work comp expenses without increasing your business expenses. Let us show you how.

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  • Stop Investing in Sickness: Invest in Wellness

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:50:00 +0000

    Finding alternative ways to curb chronic over-prescription of opioid painkillers, which are fostering a culture of “sickness” in the American workplace.
    Finding alternative ways to curb chronic over-prescription of opioid painkillers, which are fostering a culture of “sickness” in the American workplace.

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  • Amendments to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule: A Power-Hungry End-Around of the Courts or Just Plain Sensible Action?

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:58:00 +0000

    Is this newly proposed rule from OSHA sensible and reasonable? Or is OSHA an out-of-control, power-hungry regulatory agency seeking to exceed its mandate? Or maybe there’s some middle ground?

    For years, OSHA issued citations for recordkeeping violations during the five-year window mentioned in 29 CFR 1904.33. This all became more interesting on Nov. 10, 2006 when OSHA issued a number of recordkeeping citations against Volks Constructors (Volks) and the company appealed them.

    OSHA requires many companies to keep records of injuries and illnesses in the well-known forms 300, 300A and 301. And, if you’re required to do it but don’t, or make an error, they may cite you.

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  • OSHA: Bowling Mechanic’s Strangulation Death Preventable

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:27:00 +0000

    A 29-year-old Texas man was killed when his shirt collar tangled in a faulty pinsetter.
    A 29-year-old Texas man was killed when his shirt collar tangled in a faulty pinsetter.

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  • Have We Become a Nation of Bad Drivers, or Are We Just Jerks?

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:41:00 +0000

    The National Safety Council released information last month that indicated 2015 could be the deadliest year for vehicle crashes since 2007. Fatalities were up 14 percent over 2014 through the end of June and serious injuries were up 30 percent. The NSC predicts that as many as 400 people could die on the roads over Labor Day weekend.

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  • Don't Be One of the 400 Predicted to Die on the Roads this Labor Day

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:26:00 +0000

    Defensive driving can make all the difference this Labor Day, as thousands of families hit the road for the long weekend.

    The National Safety Council estimates 395 people will be killed and another 47,800 will be seriously injured in car crashes during the upcoming Labor Day holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7.

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  • Slip, Trip and Fall Elimination

    Slips, trips and falls are the number one cause of workplace injuries, with claims costs averaging nearly $48,000 per lost time claim. Understanding and eliminating slips, trips and falls protects your employees and your bottom line. Missouri Employers Mutual is offering a slip, trip fall elimination seminar with the safety resources you need, at no additional cost to you. We will review solutions to your current losses and/or future risks. MEM will provide you with the safety resources you need to prevent slips, trips and falls.

    • Slip, Trip and Fall Elimination Guide Book that includes seasonal action plans addressing hazards and steps for tailoring to your workplace.
    • Safety surveys targeting slip, trip and fall hazards.
    • Safety DVD loan program.
    • Safety awareness items including posters, signs and table tents.
    • Training resources including tool box talks, safety meeting presentations and talking points.

    8:30-11:30 a.m. Schools and Healthcare Sessions

    1-4 p.m. Construction and Transportation Sessions

    Oct. 6—Independence
    Oct. 8—Chesterfield
    Oct. 14—Cape Girardeau
    Oct. 15—Springfield
    Oct. 21—Columbia

    No meals provided.

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  • Drug and Alcohol Recognition Training

    Do you know what to do if an employee demonstrates characteristics of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work?

    Join Safety Fanatic Mark Woodward from Missouri Employers Mutual and John Throckmorton from Employee Screening Services to learn how you, as a supervisor, can address these problems.

    This engaging and informative seminar is open to the public free of charge (a $75 value per person). Participants who complete the full session will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements, and most state requirements for Supervisor Drug and Alcohol Recognition Training.

    7:30 a.m.  Registration begins. Continental breakfast provided.

    8 a.m.-noon Seminar

    June 16—Kansas City
                   Smithville Performing Arts Center
                   645 S. Commercial Ave.
                   Smithville, MO 64089

    July 8—St. Louis
                Carpenter's District Council of Greater St. Louis
                Hall #1
                1401 Hampton Ave.
                St. Louis, MO 63139

    Oct. 13—Cape Girardeau
                  The Osage Centre
                  Room 3AB
                  1625 N. Kingshighway
                  Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

    Dec. 2—Springfield
                 Meyer Orthopedic Rehabilitation Hospital
                 Ozark Room
                 3535 S. National Ave.
                 Springfield, MO 65807

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