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

    04/11/2017

    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

    03/27/2017

    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

    02/23/2017

    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

    11/17/2016

    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

    11/01/2016

    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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  • May Is Electrical Safety Month [Infographic]

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:57:00 +0000

    Ground fault circuit interrupters have saved thousands of lives since their introduction in 1970s. This infographic shows why.

    Since their introduction in to the National Electrical Code in the 1970s, ground fault circuit interrupters have saved thousands of lives. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 50% of home electrocutions have been prevented by the introduction of GFCIs.

    The Electrica Safety Foundation International wants you to make sure your home is properly protected against ground faults with the correct installation of GFCIs. GFCI protection is required for outlets installed in:

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  • Judge: Two Companies Operated as Single Employer at Worksite Where Employees Were Injured

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:46:00 +0000

    An OSHA administrative law judge with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled that two Massachusetts contractors – A.C. Castle Construction Co. Inc. and Daryl Provencher, doing business as Provencher Home Improvements – were operating as a single employer at a worksite when three employees were injured in October 2014.

    Three employees at a Wenham, Mass., worksite were performing residential roofing work on a ladder jack scaffold when the wooden plank on which they were standing snapped, causing them to fall 20 feet to the ground. An OSHA investigation found that the wooden plank was not graded for scaffold use and its invoice made clear it was not for scaffold use. Other hazards noted during the OSHA inspection included deficiencies with the scaffold’s components and structure and lack of fall protection for the employees.

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  • Five Steps to Women's Eye Health [Photo Gallery]

    Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:36:00 +0000

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  • Construction Companies Cited for Power Line Incident

    Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:27:00 +0000

    Power lines and cranes continue to be a deadly combination on work sites, and two Washington state contractors have been cited for an incident that severely injured workers.

    Two King County (Washington) contractors face large fines from the state’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for safety violations after a crane boom made contact with high-voltage power lines at a construction site in Seattle. Two workers were severely injured during the incident, when approximately 14 kilovolts traveled down the crane’s hoist line to the men working below the power lines.

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  • 10 Health and Safety Tips for Safety Managers [Infographic]

    Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:27:00 +0000

    A company's safety manager has a lot on his/her plate. Not only do fellow employees count on them, the family and friends of that worker also count on safety managers to make sure each employee goes home safe.

    As old adage goes, “safety is everyone’s responsibility,” and a brush-up on health and safety tips may be in order. Why not make it companywide?

    Designed as a safety training resource, this infographic visually explains the importance of mitigating hazards, preparing for the unexpected, keeping workers safe in emergencies and meeting OSHA requirements.

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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 TaraHorton@MissouriState.edu 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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  • #SAFECONEXPO

    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
     professionals
    -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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