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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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  • 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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  • NSC 2014: OSHA’s Expanded Notification Requirement Will Create ‘Teachable Moment,’ Michaels Says

    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:45:00 +0000

    During the National Safety Council’s 2014 Congress and Expo in San Diego, Michaels asserted that the current rule doesn’t provide OSHA “the information we need.”

    When OSHA’s revised severe-injury reporting rule kicks in next year, OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels hopes the agency will be able to make inroads with a new set of employers.

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  • NSC 2014: Safe (and Hot) in San Diego [Photo Gallery]

    Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:26:00 +0000

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  • NSC 2014: Fall Protection, Hazard Communication Repeat as OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Standards

    Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:58:00 +0000

    In fact, this year’s entire top 10 list contained the same standards as last year’s list, with a few standards moving up or down.

    There was no need for a drumroll when OSHA unveiled its preliminary list of the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2014.

    Predictably, fall protection (1926.501) retained the No. 1 spot, with 6,143 violations, and hazard communication (1910.1200) retained the No. 2 spot, with 5,161 violations.

    The No. 3 and No. 4 most frequently cited standards – scaffolding and respiratory protection, respectively – retained their rankings from 2013 as well.

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  • NSC 2014: Leadership Engagement Drives EHS Success at Cummins

    Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:57:00 +0000

    "Every manager needs to feel accountable” for safety, CEO Tom Linebarger said.

    Over the past decade, engine maker Cummins Inc. has embarked on an EHS journey that’s been “nothing short of amazing,” Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said during an executive forum at the National Safety Council’s 2014 Congress and Expo in San Diego.

    But Cummins, which received the National Safety Council’s 2014 Robert W. Campbell Award for EHS excellence, isn’t even “partway” to the finish line – at least in the eyes of its leaders.

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  • NSC 2014: Campbell Institute Paper Reveals the Predictive Power of Leading Indicators

    Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:13:00 +0000

    A new white paper provides a standardized set of best practices and benchmarks for leading indicators.

    The Campbell Institute – the National Safety Council center of excellence for environmental, health and safety management – released a new white paper titled, “Practical Guide to Leading Indicators: Metrics, Case Studies & Strategies” at the 2014 NSC Congress & Expo.  

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  • National Safety Council's Defensive Driving

    Sept. 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 licenses.

    Registration begins at 8 a.m. Seminar sessions are 8:30 a.m. - noon.

    Springfield—Sept. 24
    Note: The Springfield seminar will be held at the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District, 3427 South State HWY 125 Rogersville, MO 65742.
    Independence—Sept. 25
    Columbia—Sept. 30

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  • Strategies for Reducing Fleet Incidents

    Sept. 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:

    Springfield—Sept. 24
    Note: The Springfield seminar will be held at the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District, 3427 South State HWY 125 Rogersville, MO 65742.
    Independence—Sept. 25
    Columbia—Sept. 30

    Note: All seminars will take place at MEM office locations.

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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

    All participants will receive a free copy of Peak Ergonomics' ergo DVD. Lunch is provided.

    Register online today!

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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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