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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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  • Defensive Driving: Five Keys to Keeping Employees Safe on the Road


    Driving from one location to another is a routine part of most employees' daily activities. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most hazardous. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that more fatal work injuries resulted from roadway incidents than from any other event in 2014.

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  • Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies are More Powerful than Ever


    In addition to protecting employees and reducing injuries, the enhanced penalties of the 2005 revision of the Missouri Workers Compensation Act make it even more beneficial for policyholders to create and enforce drug and alcohol policies. Significant revisions by the Missouri legislature now make these policies even more powerful at discouraging drug and alcohol use in the workplace. Read more for details and a recent example of how this Act makes a difference.

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  • DOL Sues Food Manufacturer For Terminating Employee Who Sought Help for Co-Worker

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:49:00 +0000

    The owner of Lone Star Western Beef allegedly told a worker to hang up a 911 call for an injured coworker, then fired her.

    When a co-worker severed part of his thumb in July 2014, a food processor at a beef jerky manufacturing plant in West Virginia acted quickly, helping him apply pressure to the wound and using her cellphone to call 911.

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  • Research Projects Protective Footwear Market to Grow 7.5 Percent Annually

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:47:00 +0000

    A new report has shown an increase in industrial accidents coupled with workplace safety and rapid global development has increased demand for footwear.

    The global industrial protective footwear market is set to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5 percent between 2016 and 2022, according to a new report published by Allied Market Research.

    As of 2015, the global market is valued at $3.5 billion, with Europe and North America leading in sales. In 2015, the two countries collectively accounted for more than half of the total industrial protective footwear market size, and are expected to continue this trend during the researchers’ forecast period.

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  • Emails from EPA’s Pruitt Reveal Close Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:31:00 +0000

    Recently released emails reveal that as the Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt and his staff members held strategy sessions with energy company officials to combat EPA regulations and encouraged those officials to help draft letters to the federal government.

    In response to a judge’s order, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office on Feb. 21 released 7,564 pages of emails, many of which reveal the close relationship EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had with a number of energy companies and lobbyists for the industry when he was attorney general.

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  • Causes Versus Reasons: Learning from the Best

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:32:00 +0000

    Whenever I try to better understand why accidents happen, I think back to my days in quality control, when I kept a “Would-you-believe” file of all the ways a product could be ruined or compromised during the manufacturing process.

    We constantly are bombarded daily in news reports with vehicular accidents, violence and workplace accidents and can’t help but ask, “How could that happen?”

    Despite laws and safety rules aimed at preventing these events, they continue to happen all too frequently. Where can we turn for guidance?

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  • Construction Worker Killed When Pipe Rolls Off a Trailer

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:22:00 +0000

    The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a construction worker who died at the site of the Highway 169 project.

    Construction worker David Earl Hyde was killed Feb. 20 when a large metal pipe rolled off a trailer and struck him.

    According to the state patrol, the 38-year-old Missouri man was assisting in the unloading of large metal pipes from a trailer when a pipe weighing as much as 2,500 pounds landed on him. They said that Hyde died at the scene.

    According to a statement from Ames, the contractor on the project, “the worker was delivering pipe to the project and a section of pipe may have rolled off the delivery truck when the worker unstrapped it.”

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  • Excavator Safety Awareness Meetings

    Learn about Underground Utility Damage Prevention and Safe Digging Practices and how to use the technology that Missouri One Call System offers to enhance your one-call department.

    Continuing education credits of 1.5 hours will be offered to DNR licensed operators and DHSS septic installers. Certificates of completion will be provided upon request for any other professional designations that you may hold.

    Check here for class locations and availability in your area. New meeting dates and locations are still being added.

    Classes brought to you by the Missouri One Call System.

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  • School Safety Coordinator Workshops

    Get the latest information to assist you in keeping your schools safe. The one day training includes a legal update and cyber security issues.

    Click on a date and location below to register.

    March 1—Springfield sponsored by SafeDefend
    March 8—Kansas City
    March 9—Columbia sponsored by Missouri Employers Mutual
    March 14—Kirksville sponsored by SafeDefend
    March 21—Cape Girardeau
    March 28—St. Charles sponsored by SafeDefend

    Workshop fee includes boxed lunch.

    Training brought to you by the Missouri School Board Association.

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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.

    May 3

    1-4 p.m.

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

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Do you have questions about how Missouri Employers Mutual or the WorkSAFE Center can help your workplace? Contact us today to learn more about our resources and custom safety training.

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