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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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  • Missouri Work Comp Law Change Effects MO Employers

    05/13/2014

    For many years, Missouri law required a Plaintiff to prove their discharge or disciplinary action was taken “exclusively” because they exercised their rights under the workers compensation laws. In a Missouri Supreme Court case issued on April 15, 2014 the Court lowered that standard, holding that the Plaintiff only has to prove the filing of the workers compensation claim was a “contributing factor” in the adverse employment action. Changes to this law effect all Missouri employers.

    Missouri workers compensation law states, “No employer or agent shall discharge or in any way discriminate against any employee for exercising any of his rights under this chapter. Any employee who has been discharged or discriminated against shall have a civil action for damages against his employer (Mo. Rev. Stat. § 287.780)."

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  • Mowing and Landscaping: Lower Your Risk with Safety Strategies

    05/05/2014

    Landscaping crews are busy year round whether it’s mowing or removing snow. There are plenty of places for on the job injuries to occur, which can lead to decreased production and increased workers compensation costs for employers. Common landscaping injuries come from vehicle crashes, mower rollovers, slips, trips, falls, and unprotected eyes and ears. Check out some of our safety strategies for landscaping businesses and start taking control of work comp claims.

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  • PPE: The Basics [Infographic]

    Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:56:00 +0000

    Personal protection equipment (PPE) is part of the hierarchy of controls used to protect employees from workplace hazards.

    This infographic from Compliance and Safety offers simple but effective advice about the use of PPE. For example: When should I use PPE?

    Content Classification:  Curated

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  • Study: Obese Workers Are More Prone to Fatigue

    Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:59:00 +0000

    Obesity is associated with physiological changes at the muscular level, including a decrease in blood flow, which limits the supply of oxygen and energy sources.

    Obese workers have less endurance and are more prone to fatigue than their non-obese co-workers, a new study suggests.

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  • Maker of Silk Soy Milk Earns LEED Certification for Dallas Beverage Plant

    Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000

    WhiteWave Foods, the maker of Silk soy milk and other beverage products, has earned U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification for its Dallas manufacturing facility.

    The facility, which produces Horizon organic milk, International Delight coffee creamers and Silk soy milk, is the first in the company to achieve green certification, Broomfield, Colo.-based WhiteWave Foods said.

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  • No Pretzels for You!! United Airlines Cited by OSHA at Newark Airport

    Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:31:00 +0000

    United Airlines faces $101,300 penalty following an OSHA inspection that uncovered serious and repeat safety violations.

    United Airlines Inc. allegedly has exposed ground operation workers at the Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., to safety hazards, causing OSHA to issue 16 citations and propose penalties of $101,300.

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  • Elephant in the Boardroom: 
How Depression and Stress in the Workplace Are Killing Productivity

    Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:04:00 +0000

    As companies strive to compete in a global economy, they become high-stress incubators for mental health problems. This wreaks havoc on productivity. Graeme Cowan explains why we must overcome the stigma associated with depression and tackle the “elephant” head-on.

    In a hypercompetitive global economy, the scramble for perpetual performance is taking a harsh toll on employees. They relentlessly are pushd to get ahead and stay ahead – working longer days, emailing after hours, taking fewer vacations - often with little acknowledgment for their efforts.

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  • OSHA 10

    Aug. 11/15 and 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. 

    Aug. 11  8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Aug. 15  8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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    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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  • 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

    Register online today!

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