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  • Rising Above Workplace Injuries with Post Offer Employment Testing


    The hiring process can be stressful for employers and applicants alike. That stress often continues and escalates in the first year on the job. According to OSHA, more than 40 percent of injured employees have been on the job less than a year. To minimize the risk of new hire injuries, companies administer physical capacity tests (post offer employment testing) to candidates after they’re offered the job. Studies show that on average, one in ten applicants is determined not capable of performing a job. This prevents the individual from potential injury, protecting both the employee and the employer. At Missouri Employers Mutual, one in three lost-time claims involves a new employee, with an average claim cost of $54,000.

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  • Senate Bill 66 and MO Work Comp Law: What You Need to Know


    Missouri employers who have workers compensation insurance need to know how MO Senate Bill 66 (SB 66) is changing work comp law. The changes have important impacts on maximum medical improvement (MMI), drug penalty cases, retaliation cases and voluntary work separations.

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  • Handle with Care: 158 Reasons to Prioritize Safe Lifting


    The average NFL player weighs about 250 pounds. That’s also the ballpark weight of most countertops manufactured by Hallmark Stone, a wholesaler of natural stone countertops, though the largest can weigh over 1,000 pounds. Hallmark’s 158 employees pride themselves on providing customized countertops and delivering them directly to customers’ homes. It’s no surprise, then, that about 70 percent of employees’ on-the-job injuries were from manually lifting the very heavy stone. How did they improve their safe lifting practices?

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  • MEM Celebrates 10 Years Injury-Free


    At Missouri Employers Mutual we are focused on one thing: our corporate vision of safe, healthy and injury-free workplaces. We’re proud that the number of MEM policyholders who go a full year with no injuries is steadily increasing. Last year, 86 percent of them were injury-free.

    In our own offices, we’ve been injury-free for a while—10 years, to be exact! On July 11, we celebrated a full decade without a single lost-time injury in our four office locations across Missouri.

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  • How Small Businesses Can Save Lives and Money: Three Programs That Deliver ROI in Workplace Safety


    Workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on your bottom line. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that employers pay almost $1 billion per week in direct workers compensation costs alone. In Missouri, more than 25,000 nonfatal injuries occur each year, devastating families emotionally and financially, reducing businesses’ productivity and driving up work comp insurance premiums.

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  • Seven Steps to Restore Power After a Flood

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:44 -0400

    The only thing that should come as a shock to you after a flood is how kind your neighbors and strangers can be. It shouldn't be while restoring your power. Here's how to do it safely.

  • Respiratory Protection: A CEO Takes a Look at the Big Picture

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:03 -0400

    New silica standards – one for construction and one for general industry – combined with new technology means better protection for workers.

  • Understanding the Factors of Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:12 -0400

    What risk factors contribute to slip, trip and fall injuries?

  • Nurses: Are the Caregivers Taking Care of Themselves?

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:12 -0400

    A majority of America’s nurses admit they are stressed out, consuming too much junk food and getting too little sleep, says a Ball State University study.

  • OSHA, American Chemistry Council Establish Partnership

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:45 -0400

    A two-year alliance is aimed at promoting safe practices for polyurethane exposure.

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  • Small Business Workplace Safety

    Learn about workplace safety and how your business can save on insurance costs!

    Slips, trips and falls...we will show you how to prevent them! Understanding and eliminating the causes saves employees' lives and protects your bottom line. Join us for an informative discussion on internal measures, policy development tools, and safety resources you can apply in your small business. Presented by safety experts from Missouri Employers Mutual.

    At Missouri Employers Mutual, we are a safety company that just happens to provide workers compensation insurance. Our dedicated team of Safety Fanatics is always looking for ways to help Missourians eliminate injuries and reduce claims costs. To do that, we have to take a look inside work comp to see just how it works and the different components of it.

    In this session, we will discuss the following:

    -Understanding and Controlling Premium Cost

    -The Basics of Safety

    -How MEM can help You

    Session details:

    1-3 p.m.

    Oct. 23

    Greater Ozards Center for Advanced Technology
    125 N. Howell Avenue
    West Plains, MO 65775

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