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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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  • Safety Stand-Downs: A Great Time to Bring Up Injury Prevention


    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from elevation continue to be the leading cause of death among construction employees, with 345 of the 899 reported fatalities recorded in 2014. In addition to this alarming statistic, OSHA reported that 23 percent of all workplace fatalities in the Kansas City region involved vehicle-related “struck by” incidents from 2012-15.

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  • Don't Let Workplace Hazards Trip You Up


    Slips, trips and falls are part of everyday life sometimes even seem funny. They are also the No. 1 cause of workplace injuries, with costs averaging $47,696 per lost-time claim. Unfortunately, these injuries often result in pain and suffering for your employees, as well as significant workers compensation costs for your business. This makes slips, trips and falls not so funny, but they are preventable.

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  • Off-the-Job Safety: Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:47:00 +0000

    These Halloween tips protect families, homeowners and drivers from Halloween’s scary risks.

    With Halloween just a few days away, many consumers may not realize how frightening this scary night could be for their personal safety, their property or their bank accounts. Trusted Choice® independent insurance agents can help families and businesses better prepare for hazards that may approach in disguise or on Halloween night.

    To help individuals, families and businesses enjoy the holiday and protect themselves against spooky Halloween risks, the company is offering the following safety tips:

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  • U.S. District Court in Texas Requests Delay in Provisions of Injury and Illness Tracking Rule

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:05:00 +0000

    OSHA has agreed to delay enforcement of provisions of its injury and illness tracking rule until Dec. 1.

    OSHA’s new rule, which revises its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation, takes effect Jan. 1, 2017. It requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms.

    However, provisions of the rule that prohibit employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury originally were scheduled to become effective on Aug. 10.

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  • In a Galaxy Far, Far Away, Star Wars Filmmakers Feel the Force of UK Courts

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:04:00 +0000

    The makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens receive a £1.6 million fine for seriously injuring Harrison Ford and putting other actors and crew members at risk.

    Occupational hazards exist for movie stars, just like they do for “regular” workers. As the result of a serious injury that occurred on set to actor Harrison Ford, the makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been sentenced in a UK court for failing to protect the actors and workers while on set during filming at Pinewood Studio, Slough, Buckinghamshire.

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  • Worker Crushed by 40-ton Beam; OSHA Cites Omega Demolition Corp.

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:02:00 +0000

    OSHA places the Elgin, Ill., company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

    A federal investigation has determined that an overstressed 40-ton beam fell during demolition of the Touhy Road overpass over I-90, causing the death of Vicente Santoyo, a 47-year-old Omega Demolition employee, an injuring three additional workers.

    According to OSHA, Santoyo was standing in an aerial lift cutting steel bracing between two beams supporting the highway when one of the beams collapsed on him in April.

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  • NSC 2016: Learning from Columbine

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:39:00 +0000

    Don Moseman, training director at North Dakota Safety Council, told National Safety Congress attendees about how law enforcement’s handling of active shooter situations has changed since the Columbine High School shooting.

    April 20, 1999 – Two students walked into Columbine High School and began the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

    Thirteen students were murdered, 21 were wounded. In addition, 99 explosive devices were placed around the school building and facilities, but only three detonated.

    “The intent was to kill every student, teacher and first responder,” said Don Moseman, training director at the North Dakota Safety Council.

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  • Drug and Alcohol Recognition Training

    Do you know what to do if an employee demonstrates characteristics of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work?

    Join Safety Fanatic Mark Woodward from Missouri Employers Mutual and John Throckmorton from TOMO Drug Testing to learn how you, as a supervisor, can address these problems.

    This engaging and informative seminar is open to the public free of charge (a $75 value per person). Participants who complete the full session will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements, and most state requirements for Supervisor Drug and Alcohol Recognition Training.

    7:30 a.m.  Registration begins. Continental breakfast provided.

    8 a.m.-noon Seminar

    Oct. 13—Kansas City
                   Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts
                   4747 Flora
                   Kansas City, MO 64110

    Nov. 2—Springfield
                 Meyer Orthopedic Rehabilitation Hospital
                 3535 S. National Ave.
                 Springfield, MO 65807

    Dec. 14—Columbia
                101 N. Keene St.
                Columbia, MO 65201

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  • School Safety Conference

    Gather with your peers from area Kansas City schools to learn ways to improve the safety of students and educators. Join us as we address a number of factors that can lead to saving lives and work comp costs.

    Active Shooter and Unknown Intention Intruder Preparedness: A Comprehensive Approach
    Vaughn Baker, Strategos International
    Preparing for the possibility of unauthorized persons attempting to gain access to your facility is considered a worse-case scenario. Although this is something all schools should prepare for, you should also prepare for other types of “unknown intention” intruders. These include: non-custodial parent(s), police fugitives, estranged spouse of a staff member, or a former disgruntled employee.

    Employment Concerns for Injured Employees, Policy and Procedure Development
    Nancy M. Leonard, Partner—Office Head, St. Louis - e-Law Practice Group Co-Chair
    Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, www.constangy.com

    Discover ways to manage employees who suffer injuries on the job, taking into consideration laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and workers compensation laws.

    Safety and Injury Management Plans: Must Haves for Schools
    Lynn Peoples, Field Service Manager and Mark Woodward, Senior Loss Prevention Trainer
    Missouri Employers Mutual, www.mem-ins.com

    Learn simple and effective ways to improve staff safety and reduce work-related injuries and their associated costs, including: simple strategies for communicating safety messages, promoting safety expectations and managing workers compensation claims effectively. Important work comp metrics and cost savings strategies will be discussed.

    Group Brainstorming Activity: What Works!
    Guided by the MEM seminar facilitators, you will share strategies and ideas that have had a positive safety impact. Bring a pen and notepad, and be ready to take down these great ideas for use in your school!

    Read and print the conference brochure for more details.

    Oct. 27
    8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Kansas City Public Schools Auditorium
    1211 McGee St.
    Kansas City, MO 64106

    *Conference is limited to 30 particpants, register early.

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