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  • Choosing Your Work Comp Provider: Four Qualities to Look For


    Workers compensation insurance is considered a necessary evil for many employers in Missouri. It is required in Missouri for one simple reason: to protect employees and employers. The “no-fault” coverage protects both parties when an employee is injured on the job. Employees are provided medical treatment for their injuries at no cost and reimbursed for lost wages if they are unable to return to work during recovery. The employer, in turn, is protected against lawsuits due to injuries.

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  • New Hires Shouldn't Mean New Injuries


    You hire new employees with the intent to maintain or increase your production and profitability, and not to increase your workplace injuries. Unfortunately, safety in the workplace is often overlooked on the new hire checklist. In fact, 40 percent of injured employees have been on the job less than one year (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). You can reduce your new hire risk and work comp expenses without increasing your business expenses.

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  • Telehealth Services Save Time and Money


    Health care costs in the US are rising, and work comp expenses have reflected this rise. Fifteen years ago, medical claims represented half of total claims costs—the other half was indemnity. Today, medical outweighs indemnity by almost 20 percent. While there is little business owners can do about the rising expense of health care, they can manage medical costs. One method is implementing telehealth technologies.

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  • Recent Study Shows Three out of Four Drivers Improve Driving with Collision Avoidance Technology


    Missouri Employers Mutual partnered with the MU College of Engineering for groundbreaking research on the effect of collision avoidance technology (CAT) devices on drivers’ behavior. The research provides valuable insights about decreasing vehicle accidents, which are the number one way to die on the job in the United States. Learn more about the study and how CAT devices can effect safety on the job.

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  • OSHA Ruling Brings Changes to Post-Incident Drug and Alcohol Testing Boundaries


    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently recommended changes to workplace post-incident drug and alcohol testing practices. The changes provide boundaries around employer post-incident drug and alcohol testing. The new regulations go into effect Dec. 1, 2016 so now is the time to learn more.

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  • Three of the Dirty Dozen: Dedicated TCS, Nissan USA and Pilgrim’s Pride

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:34:00 +0000

    The most recent statistics (for 2015) report 4,836 deaths due to workplace trauma and an estimated 95,000 additional deaths due to long-term occupational illnesses. These employers contributed to those numbers.

    Preventable and tragic incidents happen each day in American workplaces. In a country that likes to pride itself on being ahead of the game, there are 100,000 fatalities a year that are the direct result of workers being exposed to hazards.

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  • CSB: Fatal Airgas Nitrous Oxide Explosion Was No Laughing Matter

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:40:00 +0000

    The Chemical Safety Board has released its final report into an Aug. 28, 2016 nitrous oxide explosion at an Airgas manufacturing facility in Cantonment, Fla. which killed one worker.

    On Aug. 28, 2016, an Airgas employee began the process of transferring nitrous oxide into a trailer. A pump being used in the operation heated the gas above its safe operating limit, triggering the nitrous oxide to rapidly decompose in the pump.

    The reaction then moved from the pump into the trailer and caused an explosion which killed the Airgas operator, scattered large metal fragments for hundreds of feet.

    The facility also was badly damaged, and Airgas had to stop production of nitrous oxide indefinitely.

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  • Jeremy Bethancourt Named 2017 ASSE Safety Professional of the Year

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:40:00 +0000

    ASSE selects Bethancourt, director of safety, health and training for LeBlanc Building Co. Inc., for bringing attention to the dangers of distracted driving, heat stress and for being an advocate for fall prevention.

    The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has named  Jeremy Bethancourt, director of safety, health and training for LeBlanc Building Co. Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz., as the organization’s 2017 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year.

    Besides holding the position of government affairs for ASSE’s Arizona chapter, Bethancourt has played  a lead role in getting billboards posted throughout Arizona to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving.

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  • He Died Standing: Tales from the ‘Dirty Dozen’

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:20:00 +0000

    National COSH solicited input from its network of 21 COSH groups around the country as well as worker advocates and labor groups to determine the 12 employers who most egregiously put their employees and communities at risk.

    The "Dirty Dozen 2017" report – which highlights 12 companies that put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe practices – was released on April 26 in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, which honors workers who lost their lives on the job and their families.

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  • Worker Memorial Day: A Somber Reminder of the Importance of Workplace Safety

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:41:00 +0000

    Fallen workers from all walks of life will be remembered during an April 27 ceremony at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ building in Tumwater.

    Eight truck drivers, five loggers, two nurses, a police officer, a fire chief and a flagger are among the 79 people who died from work-related causes who will be honored at this year’s Worker Memorial Day observance by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

    The men and women range in age from 19 to 90 and did all types of work, including retail clerk, business owner, farmworker, chiropractor and arborist.

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  • Small Business Workplace Safety

    In honor of National Small Business Week 2017, we will discuss workplace safety and how your business can save on insurance costs.

    Slips, trips and falls in the workplace are a common cause of injury. In this session, we 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 the safety experts from Missouri Employers Mutual.

    This course is free of charge. Participants must contact Tara Horton at 417.837.2609 or for a registration coupon.

    May 3

    1-4 p.m.

    West Plains Civic Center
    Magnolia Room
    110 Saint Louis Street
    West Plains, MO 65775

    May 4

    9 a.m.-noon

    Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center
    405 N. Jefferson
    Springfield, MO  65806

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    Register today for the second annual #SAFECONEXPO safety, health, and environmental conference May 10-11, at the beautiful Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

    -Learn from the experts
    -Network with fellow safety, human resources, insurance and compliance
    -Visit with fantastic vendors and sponsors
    -Spend time with your peers at the Tuesday afternoon golf outing
    -Participate in evening get-together events

    Take advantage of the Midwest’s best value in safety, health, and environmental education.

    Conference: $315

    Pre-conference sessions: $125-175

    Walk-in registration: $330

    CEUs available

    Read more to get all the details about conference courses and pre-conference events.

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