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  • Insurance Carrier Fraud: Know the Signs

    09/22/2014

    When you hear about workers compensation fraud, you usually think about employees and employers filing false claims or falsifying premium. It is important to know that insurance companies can also commit fraud. There are red flags and indicators that policyholders and injured employees need to be aware of when dealing with insurance companies.

     

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  • Tire Inspections Save Lives Everyday

    09/11/2014

    A recent vehicle crash in central Missouri has highlighted the catastrophic effects of a steer tire blowout. Media reports stated that the driver-side front tire may have blown out causing a large truck to cross the center line abruptly, striking an oncoming vehicle. This article lists things a driver can do to minimize the risk of sudden, unexpected movement due to steer tire failure.

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  • Work Comp and Contractors/Sub-contractors: What You Need to Know

    08/07/2014

    Hiring contractors and sub-contractors is a common practice and generally independent contractors are not deemed employees for purposes of workers compensation liability. However, an exception is the doctrine of statutory employment. Educate yourself on the law and what it means for you as an employer.

     

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  • The Making of a Safety Fanatic: WorkSAFE Week 2014

    07/25/2014

    Missouri Employers Mutual sets aside time each year to raise awareness about the importance of safety on the job. This year MEM encourages employers to begin creating Safety Fanatics in their workplaces Aug. 18-22 in celebration of WorkSAFE Week 2014. Creating an environment that embraces Safety Fanatics may sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually quite simple. The ROI from creating Safety Fanatics in your workplace is 100 percent. So why not get started?

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  • Preventing Heat-related Illness on the Job

    07/17/2014

    Heat-related illness doesn’t just happen, it’s preventable even if the temperature outside isn’t. Employees in some of our nation’s largest industries have an increased heat illness exposure including:

    -Healthcare employees working in homes without air conditioning
    -Loading dock workers
    -Heavy manufacturing
    -Construction
    -Masonry
    -Roofing

    Preventing heat-related illness isn’t complicated or expensive. Read more for some solutions.

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  • America's Safest Companies

    Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:39:03 +0000

    2014 America's Safest Companies Winners Are Announced!

    EHS Today, a magazine dedicated to the management of risk in the workplace and environment, is proud to announce that 16 companies have been named to the 2013 list of America's Safest Companies. Together, these companies provide a safe working environment for thousands of employees and serve as a point of reference for companies hoping to achieve world-class safety status.

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  • In Safety, There’s One Thing We Control 100 Percent of the Time

    Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:33:00 +0000

    “Right is right even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it.” 

    The quote above – by William Penn – is a favorite of mine. It speaks to me of the personal accountability and courage it takes for us, as individuals, to do the right things in life – no matter how difficult that might be, because that’s 100 percent within our control 100 percent of the time. 

    Content Classification:  Curated

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  • Oklahoma Trooper Wishes She’d Killed Man Accused of Beheading Co-Worker

    Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:09:00 +0000

    Betsy Randolph stopped beheading suspect Alton Nolen in 2010 for having a fake vehicle tag.

    For every law enforcement officer who makes headlines for using excessive force, there are countless others who exercise incredible restraint because they believe in performing their duties by the book. Oklahoma state trooper Betsy Randolph falls into the latter category.

    Content Classification:  Aggregated

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  • The Antidote to Depression: Walking in Nature

    Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:09:00 +0000

    “Walking ... may be a very powerful, under-utilized stress buster,” said Sara Warber, M.D., associate professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.

    For those who love to hike, camp, fish, bike or generally spend time outdoors, this story might fall into the “No Duh” news category. For others, though, it could be just what the doctor ordered.

    A new study, published in a special issue of Ecopsychology, concludes that group nature walks are linked with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress and enhanced mental health and well-being.

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  • Soft Skills Training

    Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:22:00 +0000

    High-growth organizations understand they must invest in and maximize the “human capital” of their workforce just as they do the physical assets. Developing soft skills in all employees is one part of the larger human capital agenda.

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  • National Safety Council's Defensive Driving

    Sept. 30

    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.

    Registration begins at 8 a.m. Seminar sessions are 8:30 a.m. - noon.

    Springfield—Sept. 24
    Note: The Springfield seminar will be held at the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District, 3427 South State HWY 125 Rogersville, MO 65742.
    Independence—Sept. 25
    Columbia—Sept. 30

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  • Strategies for Reducing Fleet Incidents

    Sept. 30

    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.

    Seminars are scheduled from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. as follows:

    Springfield—Sept. 24
    Note: The Springfield seminar will be held at the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District, 3427 South State HWY 125 Rogersville, MO 65742.
    Independence—Sept. 25
    Columbia—Sept. 30

    Note: All seminars will take place at MEM office locations.

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  • Employer Safety Day: Become a Safety Fanatic

    Oct. 14, 15, 22, 23, 28

    The safety fanatics at MEM have teamed up with Peak Ergonomics to offer you an opportunity to learn easy to implement strategies for improving your business's safety results and controlling workers compensation costs.

    Topics include:

    • Making the case for increased safety efforts
    • Understanding your work comp insurance costs
    • Reducing injuries and costs with simple techniques
    • Developing a safety program

    Learn how to reduce the risk of your employees' developing:

    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Thumb and wrist tendonitis
    • Tennis elbow
    • Golfer's elbow
    • Rotator cuff injury
    • Low back injury

    Registration begins at 8 a.m. and seminars are from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for a fee of $99 per person. Agents will receive four hours of Continuing Education Credits for Missouri, Illinois and Kansas property and casualty licenses.

    Oct. 14—Cape Girardeau
    Oct. 15—Chesterfield
    Oct. 22—Independence
    Oct. 23—Springfield
    Oct. 28—Columbia

    All participants will receive a free copy of Peak Ergonomics' ergo DVD. Lunch is provided.

    Register online today!

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  • OSHA 10

    Dec. 4-5

    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.

    Dec. 4 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Dec. 5 8:30 a.m.-noon

    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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