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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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  • Tragedy Avoided: Employee's Life Saved by a Seat Belt


    Although seat belt safety is enforced by many employers, statistics show many people still ignore important safety practices. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 68.3 percent of vehicle occupants who died in Missouri car crashes from 2011 to 2013 were not buckled up. Seat belts save lives, and most recently, Goodrich Gas was a great testament of this claim.

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  • Will The Trump Administration's Regulatory Reform Agenda Include Rollback of EHS Regulations?

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:02:00 +0000

    Welcome to part 2 of my 3-part blog series, which discusses how the Trump administration might impact environmental, health and safety regulation.

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  • Making Value-Based Medical Care Work in an Occupational Setting

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:02:00 +0000

    Occupational physicians can and should use evidence-based care to improve outcomes for employees while reducing risk and costs for employers.

    The U.S. healthcare system has undergone significant changes over the years. One transformation that likely will stand the test of time is the industry's transition from fee-for-service to value-based care payment models, which helps reduce cost while improving quality.

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  • OSHA Fines CM Truck Beds $535,411 for Two Dozen Violations

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:55:00 +0000

    Agency discovers trucking company failed to provide respirator fit tests, machine guards, welding protection and did not properly label chemicals.

    OSHA recently discovered two dozen violations at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc. after a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the company.

    Oklahoma-based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which operates as CM Truck Beds, racked up $535, 411 in fines for 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations.

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  • The Future of Lockout/Tagout: Is Zero Risk an Outdated Approach?

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:18:00 +0000

    The ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 Standard is considered the defining document for addressing the complex issues of lockout/tagout and methods for the control of hazardous energy, and the Z244 Committee is moving in a new direction.

    The control of hazardous energy in the workplace continues to be a challenge for many employers. According to OSHA, failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries.

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  • Employees Should Stay Home When Sick

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:35:00 +0000

    Even when you think you aren't contagious, you might still be.

    I had an eventful holiday season. I went to three different houses, visited my family and watched as many of them came down with the stomach flu.

    The issue began with my niece two days before Christmas Eve. Usually bubbly and charismatic, she was confined to her bed. Sparing the details, my mother took care of her, cleaning up the mess and making sure she had plenty of fluids.

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