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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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  • Safety Equipment: Is It Safe to Buy Used?

    Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:24:00 +0000

    Have you ever considered buying used safety equipment? Some used safety equipment fulfills OSHA requirements and can protect your workers at a lower cost than buying new.

    Safety equipment is a necessity for your employees and for your company. As an EHS professional or facility manager, you’re responsible for purchasing equipment to protect your employees from falls and other dangerous working situations. Additionally, you are responsible for providing services that keep your building free from hazards.

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  • Cleveland, Ohio Police Officer Dies in Hit-Skip Accident

    Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:41:00 +0000

    Traffic-related deaths were the leading cause of fatalities among law enforcement officers in 2015, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

    A Cleveland, Ohio law enforcement officer died Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-skip accident.

    The incident, which happened at 6:00 a.m. on Interstate 90 west, happened while Officer David Fahey was directing traffic due to an earlier fatal accident involving a fire truck, according to Cleveland.com.

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  • EPA: Air Emissions of Toxic Chemicals from Industrial Facilities Down More Than Half Since 2005

    Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:29:00 +0000

    The annual Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis of toxic chemical releases from 22,000 U.S. facilities shows that emissions of toxic chemicals into the air continue to decline.

    EPA released its annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis, which offers some good news about air quality in the United States. According to the TRI National Analysis, releases of toxic chemicals into the air fell 56 percent from 2005 to 2015 at industrial facilities submitting data to the TRI program, and it showed an 8 percent decrease from 2014 to 2015.

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  • Employer Cited for Repeat and Failure to Abate for Exposing Workers to Airborne Silica

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:51:00 +0000

    OSHA proposes nearly $89,000 in penalties after determining New Jersey concrete manufacturer County Concrete Corp. failed to abate hazards found during a previous inspection.

    OSHA issued citations for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations to County Concrete Corp., after an inspection on July 19, 2016 determined that the company failed to abate hazards found in a 2013 inspection. At that time, OSHA cited the company for 18 safety and health violations, and assessed $153,900 in penalties.

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  • OSHA: Amtrak Must Reimburse Employee $892,551 for Retaliation

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:15:00 +0000

    A railroad employee who was terminated after raising safety concerns will receive a payout from Amtrak.

    A recent OSHA whistleblower investigation discovered the National Railroad Passenger Corp., also known as Amtrak, reprimanded a supervisor in its inspector general's office when he raised safety concerns.

    In early to mid-2010, the worker, a supervisory special agent, was in the process of investigating an Amtrak contractor for fraud and was testing concrete at Amtrak tunnel projects. While at the worksite, the employee discovered unsafe conditions resulting from work performed by the contractor and raised concerns.

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