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  • Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies are More Powerful than Ever

    06/14/2016

    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

    05/24/2016

    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

    05/11/2016

    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

    04/04/2016

    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

    03/16/2016

    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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  • A Deadly Combination: Sleep Apnea and Commercial Drivers

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:34:00 +0000

    An estimated one in 25 adult drivers (aged 18 years or older) report having fallen asleep while driving in the previous 30 days, and a condition called obstructive sleep apnea can make drivers even more susceptible to drowsy driving.

    There’s no question that driver fatigue poses a serious threat to safety on our nation’s roadways. But just how bad is the threat?

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 100,000 fatigue-related crashes occur each year, many of which involve professional drivers in heavy commercial vehicles. That means an average of 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary damages each year as a result of fatigue-related accidents.

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  • SLC 2016: Everyone Plays a Critical Role in Safety

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:05:00 +0000

    When employees actively participate in the safety process, it builds ownership and fosters leadership at every level.
    Brian Cook is the executive vice president & chief administration officer of USG Corporation and director of the National Safety Council. Here, Cook gives EHS Today’s readers a sneak peek of his session titled “How to Create a Safety-First Culture” at the Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh, Sept. 19-21.

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  • Motor Vehicle Fatalities Up Nine Percent

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:54:00 +0000

    There’s no sign of a decrease in fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2016.

    Often, trends are a good thing. However, the current trend – and increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents – could result in the United States experiencing its deadliest driving year since 2007. And with Labor Day coming up, traditionally a deadly weekend on U.S. roads, the National Safety Council is warning drivers to be aware on the roads.

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  • Product Showcase from August 2016 EHS Today Magazine [Photo Gallery]

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:50:00 +0000

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  • Washington Man Takes the Low Road in Workers’ Comp Scam

    Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:09:00 +0000

    RV salesman charged with stealing $81,000 from workers’ compensation system.

    A Tacoma-area man faces a felony theft charge after he was caught working while receiving more than $81,000 in workers’ compensation disability payments.

    Bobby R. Johnson, 47, has been charged with first-degree theft after investigators from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries discovered he was working while receiving disability payments. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Pierce County Superior Court on Aug. 19.

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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 TOMO Drug Testing 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

    Oct. 13—Kansas City
                   Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts
                   4747 Flora
                   Kansas City, MO 64110

    Nov. 2—Springfield
                 Meyer Orthopedic Rehabilitation Hospital
                 3535 S. National Ave.
                 Springfield, MO 65807

    Nov. 3—St. Louis
                Carpenter's District Council of Greater St. Louis
                Hall #2
                1401 Hampton Ave.
                St. Louis, MO 63139

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