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  • Severe Weather: Plan Now or Pay Later

    03/21/2014

    Even though it may be cold, early spring is a great time to develop or review a severe weather plan. Thunderstorms, heavy rains and flooding occur on a regular basis during spring and summer in Missouri. Severe weather can affect a business in many ways including utility and communications outages, structural damage, machine and fleet damage, and temporary loss of employee base. Develop a plan for both your family and your business that includes discussion about proper sheltering and protection of employees and protection of critical business assets or processes.

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  • Asbestos 101: Exposures, Risks and Resources

    02/11/2014

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that there is no safe level of asbestos fiber exposure. Asbestos fibers become a human health hazard when they are inhaled and can create health problems including lung disease and cancer, even short durations of exposure have been known to cause mesothelioma. If your employees are working around asbestos you owe it to them and your company to make sure they are protected.

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  • Combine Wellness with Risk Management to Help Curb Work Comp Costs

    01/28/2014

    Employers are always looking for ways to reduce business costs while improving productivity. One way to accomplish this is by including a wellness program in your employee benefits package. This type of program can be as simple or elaborate as you make it and the results will be good for you and your employees.

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  • Missouri Employers: Stay Up to Date on the Primary/Excess Split Point Value Changes

    01/06/2014

    The new year always brings about many changes and one that Missouri employers may want to take note of is the primary/excess split point value. The 2014 increase is part of a four-year transition period that began last year.

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  • 2014 Missouri One Call Meetings Provide Valuable Knowledge and CEUs

    12/30/2013

    Contractors and utility industry professionals won’t want to miss the free excavation meetings January-March across Missouri. Learn about safe excavation practices and how to deal with challenges as an excavator or member of Missouri One Call.

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  • Book on West Fertilizer Plant Tragedy Tells First Responders’ Stories

    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:54:00 +0000

    April 17, 2013, was not just another day in the life of the firefighters and emergency workers who responded to the West Fertilizer Co. disaster. Twelve of them, in fact, died in the explosion that leveled the fertilizer plant and ripped a hole in the town of West, Texas.

    Still, when Baylor University lecturer Amber Adamson asked several dozen first responders if she could interview them for a book about the explosion, she said they were “confused as to why I actually wanted to talk to them.”

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  • Report Says Government Inaction Following 9/11 Contributed to Worker and Resident Illnesses

    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:43:00 +0000

    A worker advocacy group is claiming government officials ignored or glossed over health hazards following 9/11 and that thousands are ill or dying as a result.

    The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) has issued a report it claims offers evidence that action – and inaction – by government officials contributed to the toll of death and disease.

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  • Have You Thanked a Police Officer Today?

    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:54:00 +0000

    Like millions of Americans, I’m a sucker for a good cop show; that’s been the case ever since “Hill Street Blues” was on TV. (For those of you who have a few more gray hairs than I do, you might insert “Dragnet” or “The Streets of San Francisco” into that sentence.)

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  • Fatal Four: Safety in the Construction Industry [Infographic]

    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:22:00 +0000

    April 23 is Construction Safety Day and as these statistics reveal, four types of incidents lead to most of the fatalities.

    Safety should be one of the top priorities of any construction company. Since the 7th annual Construction Safety Day is just around the corner on April 23, Viewpoint decided to take a deeper look at the construction industry’s safety statistics over the past decade.

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  • Disposable Gas Monitors: Are They Really Cheaper?

    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:50:00 +0000

    Simple. Easy. Cost-effective. These are some of the words most commonly associated with disposable single-gas instruments. While all of these features sound attractive, just how simple, easy and cost-effective are disposable single gas monitors?

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  • Safety Fanatics: Become a Work Comp Guru

    April 9

    Let 2014 be the year you become a work comp guru. Central Missouri business leaders, medical professionals and insurers have teamed up to help you take your health, safety and workers compensation efforts to the next level! This seminar is provided at no cost and includes a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the seminar is from 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Five hours of CEUs are available to agents with Missouri property and casualty licenses.

    Questions? Contact us at worksafe@worksafecenter.com or call 1.888.499.SAFE(7233).

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  • Work Comp Works

    April 29, May 6, 14, 21, 22

    Work Comp Works is a great way to learn simple and effective ways to reduce your workers compensation costs, increase safety results and improve the overall financial results of your organization.

    Participants will learn best practices of workers compensation claims management including the benefits of proper documentation, prompt reporting, and the value of return to work programs. Presenters will demonstrate how customers can partner with MEM to achieve successful medical outcomes, faster return-to-work and how to reduce the overall financial impact of claims. Additional topics include how to use MEM's websites, resources and technology, explanation of NCCI's experience modifier rates, subrogation, legal issues and pitfalls of improper claims handling. Participants will receive free resources including safety posters and training in materials.

    This seminar is provided at no charge and is perfect for small-and-large businesses, governmental organizations and not-for-profits. New MEM customers and small businesses are strongly encouraged to attend.

    Agents will receive four hours of Continuing Education Credits for Missouri, Illinois and Kansas property and casualty licenses.

    Seminars are from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Lunch is provided.

    Independence—April 29
    Springfield—May 6
    Columbia—May 14
    Cape Girardeau—May 21
    Chesterfield—May 22

    Note: All seminars will take place at MEM offices with the exception of Cape Girardeau. That seminar will take place at Osage Centre 1625 N. Kingshighway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. 

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  • OSHA 10

    April, July and December

    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. 

    April
    April 1   8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    April 4   8:30 a.m.-noon

    July
    July 7    8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    July 11   8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    December
    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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  • National Safety Council's Defensive Driving

    Sept. 16, 17, 24, 25, 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 licesnses.

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

    Cape Girardeau—Sept. 16
    Chesterfield—Sept. 17
    Springfield—Sept. 24
    Independence—Sept. 25
    Columbia—Sept. 30

    Note: All seminars will take place at MEM offices with the exception of Cape Girardeau. That seminar will take place at Osage Centre 1625 N. Kingshighway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

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  • Strategies for Reducing Fleet Incidents

    Sept. 16, 17, 24, 25, 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:

    Cape Girardeau—Sept. 16
    Chesterfield—Sept. 17
    Springfield—Sept. 24
    Independence—Sept. 25
    Columbia—Sept. 30

    Note: All seminars will take place at MEM offices with the exception of Cape Girardeau. That seminar will take place at Osage Centre 1625 N. Kingshighway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

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