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  • Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies are More Powerful than Ever


    In addition to protecting employees and reducing injuries, the enhanced penalties of the 2005 revision of the Missouri Workers Compensation Act make it even more beneficial for policyholders to create and enforce drug and alcohol policies. Significant revisions by the Missouri legislature now make these policies even more powerful at discouraging drug and alcohol use in the workplace. Read more for details and a recent example of how this Act makes a difference.

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


    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


    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


    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


    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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  • OSHA Follow-Up Inspection Finds Workers Still Exposed to Chemical Hazards

    Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:12:00 +0000

    Ohio company Sign Source USA was cited by OSHA for failing to protect workers from respiratory and chemical hazards in 2006 and 2012.

    For the third time in 10 years, OSHA inspectors found employees at a Lima, Ohio custom sign manufacturing company exposed to respiratory, chemical and paint hazards.

    OSHA cited Sign Source USA Inc. for seven repeated and two serious health violations on June 14, 2016, after the agency's December 2015 follow-up inspection. Proposed penalties total $46,970. The agency cited the company for similar violations at the Lima facility in both 2006 and 2012.

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  • Six Guidelines to Reduce Traffic Accidents Over Holiday Weekend

    Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:01:00 +0000

    National Safety Council calls on drivers to exercise caution during long trips and issues recommendations about vehicle safety.
    With the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaching, the National Safety Council is issuing safety recommendations so drivers can exercise caution to reduce the number of serious accidents and fatalities. An estimated 466 people may be killed and an additional 53,600 may be seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes during the Independence Day weekend, highest predicted number of deaths the Council has released for the three-day holiday period since 2008, according to the NSC.

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  • A&B Foundry Receives $143,000 in Fines After Repeat Violations

    Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:05:00 +0000

    A follow-up inspection finds A&B Foundry & Machining Inc. workers are exposed to numerous hazards.
    A&B Foundry, located in Franklin, Ohio, has been issued $143,150 after a federal workplace safety and health inspection found workers exposed to the risks of amputation, hearing loss and respiratory damage.

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  • President Obama Signs Bipartisan Bill to Reform the Toxic Substances Control Act

    Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:29:00 +0000

    On June 22, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 2576, the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” which modernizes the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

    In the the first major update to an environmental statute in 20 years,  President Barack Obama on June 22 signed into law H.R. 2576 – the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” – which modernizes the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

    TSCA was first passed in 1976 to help keep dangerous chemicals off the market and avoid making consumers and employees sick. It particularly focused on chemicals that were known to cause serious health impacts, such as cancer, birth defects and reproductive harm.

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  • SLC 2016: How to Capture Value and Build World-Class Safety Leadership

    Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:26:00 +0000

    A letter about the Safety Leadership Conference 2016 from Sandy Smith, Editor-In-Chief of EHS Today.

    The theme of the 2016 Safety Leadership Conference is “Building World-Class Safety Leadership,” and I hope you can join us in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Sept. 19-21 for educational sessions, keynotes, workshops, tours and networking opportunities related to building a world-class safety culture and becoming a leader for safety at your company and in your 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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