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  • 2014 Damage Prevention and Excavation Safety Summit: Free Training, Valuable Knowledge

    09/30/2014

    The Missouri Common Ground Alliance’s 2014 Damage Prevention and Excavation Safety Summit is coming up, Nov. 5-6 at the Central Missouri Events Center in Columbia, MO. Fifteen educational sessions are provided free of charge, and focus on underground utility damage prevention and employee safety.

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  • Insurance Carrier Fraud: Know the Signs

    09/22/2014

    When you hear about workers compensation fraud, you usually think about employees and employers filing false claims or falsifying premium. It is important to know that insurance companies can also commit fraud. There are red flags and indicators that policyholders and injured employees need to be aware of when dealing with insurance companies.

     

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  • Tire Inspections Save Lives Everyday

    09/11/2014

    A recent vehicle crash in central Missouri has highlighted the catastrophic effects of a steer tire blowout. Media reports stated that the driver-side front tire may have blown out causing a large truck to cross the center line abruptly, striking an oncoming vehicle. This article lists things a driver can do to minimize the risk of sudden, unexpected movement due to steer tire failure.

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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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  • Ten Health Threats that Are Deadlier than Ebola [Photo Gallery]

    Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:43:00 +0000

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  • Properly Labeling Electrical Equipment Can Prevent Arc Flash Incidents in the Workplace

    Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:55:00 +0000

    This simplified method to label electrical equipment includes accurate arc-fault values and is a cost-effective way to reduce arc flash hazards.

    Arc flashes in electric equipment are hazardous to workers and can result in fatalities, costly damage to equipment and delays in production until repairs are made. Arc-flash labels on electrical equipment are required by federal law; OSHA regulations requiring these labels have existed since approximately 2000.

    Unlabeled equipment is a safety violation, and if facilities managers have not hired people to label their electrical equipment, they risk increased insurance costs.

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  • Perez: The Cell Phones in our Pockets Shouldn’t Come at the Expense of Workers’ Lives

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:34:00 +0000

    U.S. Labor Department and Federal Communications Commission have launched a working group to prevent fatalities in telecommunications industry.

    Kathy Pierce expected her son, Chad Weller, to come home on March 19 at the end of his shift as a cell tower climber. But Weller, always ready with a smile for his mom, never came back.

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  • Roofing Contractor Deliberately Failed to Supply Fall Protection, OSHA Says

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:50:00 +0000

    Xtreme Restoration & Waterproofing LLC is facing $70,070 in fines for a willful violation, a repeat violation and two serious violations of safety regulations.

    A New Haven, Conn., roofing contractor’s “deliberate failure to supply required fall protection” exposed workers to the risk of fatal falls, OSHA alleges.

    Xtreme Restoration & Waterproofing LLC is facing $70,070 in fines for a willful violation, a repeat violation and two serious violations of safety regulations.

    OSHA’s inspection of a Bridgeport, Conn., construction site in June found Xtreme employees working without fall protection atop a two-story roof.

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  • Cal/OSHA Issues Interim Guidelines to Protect Health Care Workers from Ebola

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:09:00 +0000

    Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health have issued interim guidelines for health care workers, emergency responders, airline flight crews, laboratory staff and other professions that face the potential risk of exposure to Ebola.

    Training, proper PPE and isolation rooms for donning and doffing protective gear are among the recommendations that Cal/OSHA makes to protect health care workers from Ebola, in guidance issued last week.

    “California’s workplace safety and health standards go further than national standards in protecting workers from hazards such as Ebola,” said Juliann Sum, acting chief of Cal/OSHA. “We urge employers and their workers who may be at risk to pay careful attention to our guidance and check for updates as new information becomes available.”

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  • Employer Safety Day: Become a Safety Fanatic

    Oct. 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. 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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  • Fall Protection Training Course

    Oct. 29

    This free fall protection training course is put on by the Builders' Association and OSHA. The course is based on OSHA standards and fall protection best practices within the construction industry. The goal is to help reduce the number of falls in the construction industry. A course completion certificate will be issued to all who successfully finish the course.

    Who should attend?

    • Company officers
    • Managers
    • Project managers
    • Supervisors
    • Foremen
    • Both union and non-union contractors

    What will you learn?

    • Fall protection statistics
    • OSHA standards for fall protection
    • How to identify fall hazard locations
    • Selection and criteria of fall protection systems and equipment
    • Fall protection training requirements

    Training location:

    The Builders' Association
    521 South Ingram Mill Road
    Springfield, MO 65802

    Click here to register

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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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