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  • Work Comp and Contractors/Sub-contractors: What You Need to Know

    08/07/2014

    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

    07/25/2014

    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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  • Preventing Heat-related Illness on the Job

    07/17/2014

    Heat-related illness doesn’t just happen, it’s preventable even if the temperature outside isn’t. Employees in some of our nation’s largest industries have an increased heat illness exposure including:

    -Healthcare employees working in homes without air conditioning
    -Loading dock workers
    -Heavy manufacturing
    -Construction
    -Masonry
    -Roofing

    Preventing heat-related illness isn’t complicated or expensive. Read more for some solutions.

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  • Protecting Eyes on the Job: You Only Get One Pair

    07/08/2014

    Something as small as a grain of sand can ruin your eyesight. Eyesight is a gift that many of us take for granted and sometimes we simply forget to wear eye protection, or it becomes an inconvenience. Take the time and make the effort to protect you and your employees’ eyesight, so you can avoid the permanent inconvenience of impaired or complete loss of vision. Take a moment to read more and learn how easy it is to protect eyes on the job.

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  • Scaffold Safety: Pump Jacks and Ladder Jacks

    06/12/2014

    Pump jacks and ladder jacks are handy tools for anyone doing residential or commercial construction or remodel work. They’re fairly inexpensive to purchase and are reasonably easy to set up. When assembled correctly they provide a safe and stable working surface that’s versatile and can be used for many different types of construction. When safety measures are not observed, these helpful tools can become deadly. Take a moment to review some pump jack and ladder jack safety strategies that might just save you money and your employees’ lives.

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  • NIOSH Science Blog Supports Research

    Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:44:00 +0000

    Researchers at NIOSH have come out in support of the research conducted by W. Shane Journeay, Ph.D., M.D., and Rose H. Goldman, M.D., MPH.
    Researchers at NIOSH have come out in support of the research conducted by W. Shane Journeay, Ph.D., M.D., and Rose H. Goldman, M.D., MPH.

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  • The Large Questions About Health Impacts from Tiny Nanoparticles

    Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:16:00 +0000

    A new study examines the first reported case of worker sensitivity related to exposure to nanoparticles and raises nearly as many questions as it answers.
    A new study examines the first reported case of worker sensitivity related to exposure to nanoparticles and raises nearly as many questions as it answers.

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  • CDC Director: Ebola Virus Is Threatening the World’s Safety

    Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:15:00 +0000

    CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says the Ebola virus outbreak not only is worse than official reports of illness and fatality make it seem, but it is a threat to world safety.

    At a news briefing on Sept. 2 and during an interview on CNN’s “New Day” program, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa “is spiraling out of control.”

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  • ExxonMobil to Pay $1.4 Million Fine for 2012 Louisiana Oil Spill

    Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:30:00 +0000

    On April 28, 2012, ExxonMobil’s North Line pipeline ruptured near Baton Rouge and spilled crude oil into the surrounding area.

    ExxonMobil has agreed to pay a $1.4 million civil penalty for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 oil spill near Torbert, La., the Justice Department and EPA announced.

    On April 28, 2012, ExxonMobil’s North Line pipeline about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge ruptured, spilling crude oil into the surrounding area, including an unnamed tributary connected to Bayou Cholpe.

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  • OSHA: Contractor Exposed Workers to Fall Hazards at New Jersey Construction Site

    Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:53:00 +0000

    OSHA said it launched an investigation after observing workers building formwork without fall protection at the construction site of three midrise buildings in Bloomfield, N.J.

    Concrete and masonry company Concrete Systems Inc. is facing $52,470 in fines for eight OSHA citations. The company allegedly exposed workers to fall hazards and other safety hazards at a New Jersey construction site.

    OSHA cited the firm for one repeat and seven serious violations after a February investigation.

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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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  • Employer Safety Day: Become a Safety Fanatic

    Oct. 14, 15, 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. 14—Cape Girardeau
    Oct. 15—Chesterfield
    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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  • 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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