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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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  • Six Signs of Employee Opioid Abuse [Photo Gallery]

    Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:59:00 +0000

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  • Is It Home Sweet Home or Home Stressed Home?

    Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:46:00 +0000

    WalletHub compared the stress levels at 150 major cities across the country. Is your city chill or stressed?

    With stress affecting more than 100 million Americans and costing more than $300 billion in annual health spending, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis to determine 2016's Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.

    WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest cities across 27 key metrics. The data set ranges from average work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.

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  • Dealing With Annoying Co-Workers (Yelling 'Shut Up' Isn't an Option!)

    Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:13:00 +0000

    We've all had to work with someone who annoyed us. But did you know it actually can contribute to stress levels and reduce productivity when coworkers don't get along.

    We’ve all experienced it: an annoying co-worker whose habits, voice, behavior or work ethic is like nails on a chalk board to us. Sometimes just the sight of that person causes our blood pressure to rise.

    When employees are working eight hours or more a day in close quarters, it's only a matter of time before they will start to get on each other’s nerves. According to career coach, speaker and author Ford Myers, this problem is much more common than you might think.

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  • Top Three Ways to Avoid Increased OSHA Fines

    Thu, 21 Jul 2016 01:43:00 +0000

    With OSHA's impending penalty increase, companies must empower employees, embrace technology and be prepared to ensure compliance success.
    All it takes is one workplace safety or employee health violation to severely hinder a business’s financial standing. With Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) near-80 percent fine increase going into effect August 1, and its more rigorous inspections process, it could be even more crippling to try to stay up to code.

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  • NYC: New Recycling Rules Could Mean Higher Costs for Businesses

    Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:53:00 +0000

    New commercial recycling rules that took effect July 19 in New York City require all businesses to separate paper, metal, glass and plastic containers from refuse.

    A new report, “Reforming for a Better Deal: How to Align Cost Savings, Sustainability and Stability in NYC's Commercial Waste System” TransformDontTrashNYC.org  from the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition, finds that small businesses will be overcharged to comply with the latest recycling regulations unless the city takes action.

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