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  • The Power of a Dollar: Penn's Tow Service Puts Safety in Employees' Wallets

    10/02/2017

    We’ve all been there. You stop at a roadside station to fill your car with gas. You close the car door and immediately turn around in horror. You've locked your keys inside.

    If you’re in the Kansas City area, you could be rescued by Penn’s Tow Service, a family-owned provider of towing and other emergency vehicle services. As one of the metro area’s largest towing companies, Penn’s can take on any job, big or small. In 2015, business owner Bill Penn noted that on-the-job injuries had been getting worse for several years. He knew it was time to figure out a solution.

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  • Rising Above Workplace Injuries with Post Offer Employment Testing

    09/18/2017

    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

    09/01/2017

    Missouri employers who have workers compensation insurance need to know how Missouri 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

    08/28/2017

    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

    07/13/2017

    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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  • Sincerely Stefanie: We Need More Sympathy

    Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:49 -0400

    The opioid epidemic in the United States is unprecedented, and, in order to save lives, we must treat each person struggling with addiction with dignity and compassion.

  • Cal/OSHA: Wildfire Smoke Creates Hazards for Workers

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:11 -0400

    Employers must take special precautions to protect workers from heavy smoke.

  • Wildland Firefighter Bailey McDade: An Everyday Hero

    Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:00 -0400

    A video, online gallery and multi-city exhibit bring the stories of everyday heroes like Bailey McDade to life and showcase the personal protective equipment that keeps them safe.

  • Do You Have Questions about Disposable Dust Masks? We Have Answers!

    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:30 -0400

    Proper fit, training and evaluations are key to protecting employees from exposure to respirable hazards when using disposable dust masks/respirators.

  • Seeing Around Corners: Preventing Blind Spot Accidents

    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:25 -0400

    The ramifications of a loading dock or workplace collision are great: physical injury, death, potential litigation, loss of productivity and even higher insurance rates are possible consequences of employees not having greater visibility in the workplace.

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

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