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  • Staying Focused on the Road in the Worst Conditions

    10/23/2014

    Right now is a great time to address distracted driving. Winter is on the way and driving naturally becomes more dangerous. Statistics show that distracted driving is a contributing factor in up to 30 percent of traffic crashes in the United States. Distraction, combined with winter weather challenges, could easily result in vehicle crashes resulting in employee injuries and fatalities.

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  • 2014 Damage Prevention and Excavation Safety Summit: Free Training, Valuable Knowledge

    09/30/2014

    The Missouri Common Ground Alliance’s 2014 Damage Prevention and Excavation Safety Summit is coming up, Nov. 5-6 at the Central Missouri Events Center in Columbia, MO. Fifteen educational sessions are provided free of charge, and focus on underground utility damage prevention and employee safety.

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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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  • Transportation Firm Facing $145,420 in OSHA Fines for Forklift and Fall Hazards

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:15:00 +0000

    OSHA cited the company for 16 alleged violations, including five repeat, one willful and two serious safety violations.

    Central Transport LLC is facing $145,420 in OSHA fines for alleged forklift and fall hazards at its Hillside, Ill., truck terminal.

    OSHA cited the company for 16 alleged violations, including five repeat, one willful and two serious safety violations.

    OSHA said its inspection found repeat and willful violations that involved defective powered industrial vehicles and lack of fall protection.

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  • Video Contest Challenges High School Students to ‘Speak Up’ About Workplace Safety

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:51:00 +0000

    How do you get young people fired up about workplace safety? Challenge them to get their creative juices flowing – and offer them cold, hard cash.

    How do you get young people fired up about workplace safety? Challenge them to get their creative juices flowing – and offer them cold, hard cash.

    That’s the approach taken by Oregon OSHA, the Oregon Young Employees Safety Coalition and other organizations sponsoring the annual “Speak Up, Work Safe” video contest. Teens have used rap music, humor and other creative special effects to share their workplace safety and health messages in the annual contest.

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  • Janesville Acoustics Plant Celebrates 1 Million Man Hours without a Lost-Time Injury

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:04:00 +0000

    The milestone is a new record among the company’s seven manufacturing facilities.

    Janesville Acoustics, a Southfield, Mich.-based manufacturer of acoustical fiber insulation and molded fiber and die-cut products, said its Old Fort, N.C., plant has surpassed more than 1 million work hours without a lost-time injury.

    The milestone is a new record among the company’s seven manufacturing facilities.

    It’s been more than two years since the Old Fort plant, which employs 220 people, had its more recent lost-time injury. Plant Manager Roy Heeralall attributes the milestone to a cultural emphasis on safety.

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  • Tips to Avoid the Scariest Place Of All – the Emergency Department – on Halloween

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:05:00 +0000

    The scary fact is that 9. 2 million children are injured annually on Halloween and treated at a local emergency department.

    Each year, 9.2 million babies, children and teens are injured severely enough to need treatment in emergency departments all across America, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    “Nothing is scarier than a trip to the emergency room,” said Mark Cichon, DO, chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Loyola University Health System. “In a season devoted to frights, it is our goal to keep everyone safe.”

    Here are Dr. Cichon's top tips to avoid going bump in the night and for a healthy, happy Halloween:

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  • CDC ‘Tightening’ its PPE Guidelines on Ebola for U.S. Health Care Workers

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:15:00 +0000

    The agency said the guidance reflects best practices from the safe treatment of Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

    CDC said it is “tightening” previous infection-control guidance for health care workers “to ensure there is no ambiguity” on how to choose, don and doff the proper PPE when caring for Ebola patients.  

    The agency said the guidance reflects best practices from the safe treatment of Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

    The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles:

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  • Employer Safety Day: Become a Safety Fanatic

    Oct. 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. 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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  • Fall Protection Training Course

    Oct. 29

    This free fall protection training course is put on by the Builders' Association and OSHA. The course is based on OSHA standards and fall protection best practices within the construction industry. The goal is to help reduce the number of falls in the construction industry. A course completion certificate will be issued to all who successfully finish the course.

    Who should attend?

    • Company officers
    • Managers
    • Project managers
    • Supervisors
    • Foremen
    • Both union and non-union contractors

    What will you learn?

    • Fall protection statistics
    • OSHA standards for fall protection
    • How to identify fall hazard locations
    • Selection and criteria of fall protection systems and equipment
    • Fall protection training requirements

    Training location:

    The Builders' Association
    521 South Ingram Mill Road
    Springfield, MO 65802

    Click here to register

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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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