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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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  • Cal/OSHA Issues Interim Guidelines to Protect Health Care Workers from Ebola

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:09:00 +0000

    Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health have issued interim guidelines for health care workers, emergency responders, airline flight crews, laboratory staff and other professions that face the potential risk of exposure to Ebola.

    Training, proper PPE and isolation rooms for donning and doffing protective gear are among the recommendations that Cal/OSHA makes to protect health care workers from Ebola, in guidance issued last week.

    “California’s workplace safety and health standards go further than national standards in protecting workers from hazards such as Ebola,” said Juliann Sum, acting chief of Cal/OSHA. “We urge employers and their workers who may be at risk to pay careful attention to our guidance and check for updates as new information becomes available.”

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  • Owner of Offshore Oil Rig Agrees to Pay $1 Million for Clean Water Act Violations

    Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:16:00 +0000

    EPA, the Justice Department and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement filed a lawsuit in February 2013 alleging that the ATP Innovator oil platform violated the Clean Water Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

    ATP Infrastructure Partners LP, the owner of an offshore oil rig that was stationed about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana until earlier this year, has agreed to pay a $1 million civil fine to resolve a federal lawsuit alleging that the firm illegally discharged oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • OSHA’s New Reporting Requirements [Infographic]

    Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:59:00 +0000

    How will OSHA’s new incident reporting requirements impact your business?

    This infographic from Safe Staff provides a quick look at the incidents that must be reported to OSHA and the industries that now are included in the reporting rule.

    Take a look and see if your industry is impacted.


    Content Classification:  Curated

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  • Fire Fighter Union Urges Safety Stand Down for Ebola

    Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:53:00 +0000

    Union president says fire fighters and EMS workers do not have the training or resources to deal with Ebola incidents.

    When Thomas Eric Duncan got sick his family dialed 911, fire/EMS were first on the scene and took him to the hospital. If Ebola spreads, this scenario will be repeated over and over, says International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold Schaitberger, and fire fighter/paramedics must be ready.

    “Too many jurisdictions in the United States and Canada have not adequately provided the training, equipment and resources fire fighter/paramedics need to respond appropriately and safely to potential Ebola incidents,” said Schaitberger

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  • Ebola Outbreak Shows Need for Stronger Protection for Health Care Workers

    Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:16:00 +0000

    With OSHA unable to inspect all hospitals, workers must have a voice in addressing workplace hazards, says NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

    Reports that a second Dallas hospital worker has been infected with the Ebola virus show the need for stronger and more comprehensive on-the-job protections for health care workers, says Mary Vogel, executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with Nina Pham, Amber Vinson and their families,” said Vogel.  “We’re also thinking of all the health care workers across America who are exposed, every day, to serious risks to their own health and safety.”

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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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