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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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  • Designate a Doctor Now to Take Care of Employees While Managing Costs


    Before you send an injured employee to the emergency room, Missouri Employers Mutual encourages you to consider this: medical costs continue to rise and have become a bigger piece of total work comp costs during the last 10 years. In addition, emergency room (ER) costs have increased significantly over the past three years.  While some work injuries definitely require emergency services, most are better treated by an occupational medical facility or a physician familiar with work related injuries and the work comp system. Designating such a provider before an injury occurs is one way you can control medical costs, key to keeping a lid on your e-mod and premium.

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  • Test Your Knowledge on Respiratory Protection

    Wed, 25 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000

    Sponsored by: 3M

    Take the Respiratory Protection pop quiz and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Sponsored by 3M. 

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  • Say WHAT??! Wearable Fitness Monitors Don't Motivate Exercise

    Tue, 24 May 2016 15:25:00 +0000

    The results of a new study on physical activity have researchers asking what in the world will it take to get people moving.

    Clarkson University Associate Professor of Physical Therapy & Physician Assistant Studies Ali Boolani and Oklahoma State University Associate Professor of Physical Education Timothy Baghurst wanted to see how aspiring physical educators might change their physical activity levels when they know they're being monitored.

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  • Battle Ground, WA Siding Company Cited for Seventh Time

    Tue, 24 May 2016 14:49:00 +0000

    Seven times in four years Olympic Siding has been cited for safety violations related to fall hazards by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

    A Battle Ground, Wash., siding company faces a substantial fine from the state after being cited for workplace safety violations involving fall hazards for the seventh time in four years.

    The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently cited Olympic Siding Inc., for four repeat-serious and four serious violations, with total penalties of $135,800.

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  • Drivers May Face Deadliest Memorial Day Weekend since 2009

    Mon, 23 May 2016 18:42:00 +0000

    Traffic fatalities show no signs of slowing, which could contribute to the deadliest Memorial Day weekend in several years.

    The National Safety Council estimates 439 people could be killed and an additional 50,500 will be seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes during the three-day Memorial Day holiday period. If the estimate holds, this will be the deadliest Memorial Day holiday since 2009, when 462 Americans were killed on the nation’s roadways, according to federal data.

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  • Danger in the Trenches: Excavation Shortcuts Cost Lives

    Mon, 23 May 2016 18:18:00 +0000

    A brief lapse in judgment or a shortcut to save a little time could result in tragedies that impact workers and their loved ones forever.

    How many times do we see utility workers, sewer workers or construction workers working unprotected in trenches?

    Trenches literally are filled with a variety of potential safety and environmental hazards. Cave-ins perhaps are the most feared trenching hazard as one cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car. Asphyxiation due to lack of oxygen in a confined space is a major risk. So are inhalation of toxic fumes and drowning. 

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  • National Safety Council's Defensive Driving

    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 licenses.

    Session time: 1-5 p.m.

    July 14 Columbia

    Locations are subject to change due to class size. Lunch is not provided.

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