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  • Severe Weather Plans are a Must Have for Every Business

    03/24/2015

    March came into Missouri like a lion with snow and ice and if we’re lucky it will leave like a lamb. Unfortunately, spring weather doesn’t often resemble a lamb. Many people have a severe weather plan for home, but Mother Nature doesn’t schedule severe weather around work hours. Businesses have a responsibility to keep employees safe during severe weather events and that means having a plan. Check out some simple steps for putting a plan together and communicating it with employees.

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  • The Value of a Background Check

    03/11/2015

    When you think about workers compensation insurance you might not think about background checks. Insurance companies utilize background checks to verify a variety of facts. With any claims process accuracy is a key factor in providing the best possible service to injured employees and stopping many types of fraud.

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  • One Free Dig Rite Meeting Can Impact Your Whole Year

    01/20/2015

    The Missouri One Call System, Inc. dispatches all underground utility locates in Missouri with the purpose of protecting life, property and the environment. Underground utilities are dangerous and extremely expensive to repair, causing interrupted services to homes and businesses. During the first quarter of every year, Missouri One Call System, Inc. (MOSCI) travels the state providing safety meetings designed to educate Missouri excavation crews, municipal employees and industry groups. The focus this year is on new state legislation that has affected the utility locating process.

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  • New OSHA Reporting Requirements: Be Prepared in 2015

    12/19/2014

    Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will implement a change to what covered employers are required to report.

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  • Reduce Your Work Comp Costs with Winter Safety Precautions

    12/12/2014

    As Missouri’s fall weather conditions deteriorate into winter, employers are encouraged to take steps now to minimize slip and trip risks. MEM injury statistics show that winter slips and trips are the most common type of employee injury in Missouri. Every employee is at risk when snow, ice and water cover walking, working and driving surfaces. Trends including an aging workforce, obesity and medical inflation combine to make these types of injuries more severe and expensive to treat. Check out our winter slip and fall prevention tips.

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  • Germanwings Crash Sends Airline Safety into a Tailspin

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:15:00 +0000

    The aviation industry is examining its safety standards in light of the fatal Germanwings crash.

    In light of evidence that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 might have deliberately downed the Airbus A320 that crashed into the French Alps Tuesday, the aviation community is examining its safety standards.

    The crash, which killed all 150 passengers and crew, occurred after the pilot left the cockpit and was denied entry by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, according the black box recording salvaged from the wreckage of the passenger jet.

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  • OSHA: Roofing Contractor Ignored Electrocution Hazards that Killed Worker

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:18:00 +0000

    The agency claims a roofing contractor exposed a worker to electrical hazards that killed another worker 72 hours earlier.

    Andrew “CK” Sakala Jr. was fatally electrocuted on a roofing job at a Tarentum, Pa., home in September 2014 when the aluminum ladder he was using came into contact with a 7,200-volt power line.

    According to OSHA, Sakala’s employer, Kolek Woodshop Inc., showed a “blatant disregard” for worker safety when three days later, the employer sent another worker to finish the job, exposing him to the same hazardous conditions that led to Sakala’s death.

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  • Connecting the Dots: ISO 45001, the Supply Chain and Risk

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:44:00 +0000

    On March 26, voting began on ISO 45001, which sets requirements for occupational health and safety management systems. Kathy Seabrook, former president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, shared her thoughts on ISO 45001 at a recent event.

    ISO 45001, inspired by the well-known OHSAS 18001, is designed to help companies and organizations around the world ensure the health and safety of the people who work for them. ISO 45001 currently is at the committee draft stage of development, the first consultation phase. During this stage, the countries (ISO members) that have chosen to participate in the standard's development have two months to form a national position on the draft and comment on it.

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  • Protect and Serve: Watching out for Man’s Best Friend

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:24:00 +0000

    An Ohio police officer was found guilty Wednesday of one count of companion animal cruelty after his K-9 partner died of heat stroke in his police cruiser Sept. 28, 2014.

    The officer, Sgt. Brett Harrison of the Montville Township Police Department, was found guilty for not providing his K-9 Beny with the necessary food and water during the four hours the dog was left unattended in a police cruiser. Harrison will not serve jail time, and will only pay a $500 fine.

    This is certainly not an attack on those in law enforcement, nor is it an indictment of K-9 handlers.

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  • Virginia Coal Miner Killed by Falling Rock

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:37:00 +0000

    The death marks the fourth fatality in the coal mining industry this year.

    A 34-year-old section foreman was killed March 16 in Paramont Coal Company Virginia LLC’s Deep Mine 41 near McClure, Va.

    The foreman, David Brummitte of Pound, Va., who had 10 years of experience, was pinned against the side of a shuttle car after a coal/rock rib fell on him in the mine operated by Alpha Natural Resources affiliate Paramont.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with David's family. Words cannot express how deeply saddened our company and community are by this tragic event,” Alpha Chairman and CEO Kevin Crutchfield said.

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  • Safety Fanatics: Become a Work Comp Guru in 2015

    April 8

    Let 2015 be the year you become a work comp guru. Central Missouri business leaders, medical professionals and insurers have teamed up to help you take your health, safety and workers compensation efforts to the next level! This seminar is provided at no cost and includes a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch. Register now, space is limited.

    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the session is from  8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Questions? Email us worksafe@worksafecenter.com or call 1.888.499.SAFE (7233).

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  • 2015 Work Comp Academy

    April 16, 23, 29, 30 and May 14

    This seminar includes must-know topics like the overall costs of workers compensation claims, Missouri workers compensation law updates, case law updates, claims reporting, investigations and claims management. This class is perfect for new policyholders, business owners, supervisors and managers, and human resources and safety personnel.

    Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the seminar is from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Dates: 

    April 1—Columbia

    April 23—Independence

    April 29—Cape Girardeau (Osage Center)

    April 30—Chesterfield

    May 14—Springfield

    Lunch is provided at no charge.

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