The WorkSAFE Podcast

Interviews, stories and strategies for safer workplaces.

The WorkSAFE Podcast features interviews with safety professionals, business owners, independent agents and our own experts. Started in 2017, the podcast covers topics like workplace safety best practices, work comp, claims management and safety success stories.

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Ep. 131: Trauma and Safety: How Stored Experiences Show Up in the Workplace

Trauma is a term we hear used more often today than ever before. It can lead to a ripple effect, impacting everything from a person’s ability to make decisions to how they handle stress. What qualifies as trauma? And how to employers prevent it from leading to distraction and an uptick in injuries on the job? Learn what these stored experiences mean for our minds, bodies – and our safety – with Kelly Campbell, certified trauma-informed leadership coach, author, and keynote speaker. Show notes. >

Ep. 130: Work Comp Litigation: Prevention and Preparation in Your Workplace

Work-related injuries present a substantial hurdle to companies across all industries. Not only do they sap time, productivity, and financial resources, but they also damage employee morale. These issues are intensified when injured workers choose to pursue additional legal action. Learn how to prevent and prepare for litigation in your workplace with Laura Sides Cooper, Managing Attorney at MEM. Show notes. >

Ep. 129: Taking Safety Home: The Value of Caring Beyond the Clock

Many employers invest a lot of time in maintaining a safe workplace. They arrange safety training, buy personal protective equipment, and call out risky behavior with corrective action. But what impact do these efforts have beyond the business? Learn how employees take these safety lessons home and the benefit of applying them with return guest Aaron Paris, Director of Safety at the Robert E. Miller Group. Show notes. >

Ep. 128: The Ethics of Safety: Why Decisions Aren’t Always Black and White

Safety in the job is widely associated with doing the right thing. That usually translates into performing our workplace duties in an ethical way. However, no one is perfect. Unexpected scenarios often require us to pivot from our usual way of doing things – and in reality, making the right choice is often more gray than black and white. Learn how to adapt to these challenges and gather the information you need to make the best choice with Dr. Dan Snyder, owner and founder of Safety Mentor. Show notes. >

Ep. 127: The Industrial Athlete: Training to be Workplace Champion

Unless they are paid to compete professionally, most employees don’t consider themselves to be athletes. However, manual labor and frequent movement are a requirement in many industries. Commitment to physical and mental health is critical to an athlete’s success – and for any employee. Learn how using the industrial athlete mindset can kickstart the average employee’s approach to work with Kelly Feldkamp, founder of ProVention Plus. Show notes. >

Ep. 126: Empowering Employees: How to Start a Successful Safety Committee

Getting employee buy-in is an essential step in building a safety culture. Forming a safety committee is a great way to engage with employees and empower them to work safely. Safety committees are considered so effective that in some states, they are actually required in the workplace. Learn how to start your own safety committee with Sheila Schmidt, Safety & Risk Services Manager at MEM. Show notes. >

Ep. 125: Telematics: The Science of Safety Behind the Wheel

Telematics is a form of technology that allows us to pass information over long distances. For an employer managing drivers, whether it’s a single delivery driver or a fleet of truckers, telematics is a way to keep employees safe. Learn about the science of telematics and its benefits with Ryan McMahon, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development for Cambridge Mobile Telematics. Show notes. >

Ep. 124: Effective Safety Plans Part 2: Who Needs a Safety Plan and Why

A safety plan is essential for any business owner who directs employees in the course of daily operations. Safety risks are present in every industry. Whether your employees use tools or equipment, operate company vehicles, or deal with the public, it’s essential to outline safety expectations. Learn how a safety plan goes a long way in preventing injuries and reducing on-the-job incidents with Mark Woodward, Senior Safety and Risk Trainer at MEM. Show notes. >

Ep. 123: DEI: An Intentional Workplace Effort to Open Doors

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are terms used increasingly in the workplace today. At the center of the movement is an effort to include employees from all different walks of life. However, these terms can often mean different things to different people. Learn what DEI efforts look like and how they can make a difference in your workplace with Dan Lester, Director of Vice President of Field Culture and Inclusion at Clayco, and Burnea Lester, Director of Communications and Community Relations at SITE Improvement Association St. Louis. Show notes. >

Ep. 122: Measuring Risk Exposure: Don’t Leave Workplace Safety to Luck

Employers shouldn’t leave workplace safety down to luck. It’s essential to measure risk exposure, or the potential that an incident might occur. Learn how to create safe environments where people want to work and be with Elizabeth Prazeres, organizational effectiveness and change management expert at DEKRA. Show notes. >

Ep. 121: Struck-by Incidents: How to Sidestep This Common Workplace Hazard

Struck-by incidents are a common workplace hazard in bustling industries. Where there is moving machinery, whirling equipment, or turning wheels, employees are at risk of being struck. Learn how to reduce this kind of exposure and keep employees safe with Terry Dussault, environmental health and safety professional and founder of Yellowknife Consulting Services. Show notes. >

Ep. 120: Building Safety Standards: Laying the Foundations with the International Code Council

A safe work environment is essential to running a business safely. The International Code Council is a collection of professionals who set building safety standards, from building design to codes and regulations. Learn how these standards shape the structural integrity of buildings today with Dominic Sims, Chief Executive Officer of the International Code Council (ICC). Show notes. >

Ep. 119: Workplace Violence Prevention: Protecting Vulnerable Employee Demographics

Workplace violence is unique in that it’s a hazard any industry is subject to. Certain employee groups are particularly at risk in today’s workforce: those who serve customers or patients, handle a lot of cash, or are undocumented. Learn what an employer’s role is in protecting these vulnerable groups with Yasmine Mustafa, co-founder and CEO of Roar, and workplace violence prevention expert Kimberly Urbanek. Show notes. >

Ep. 118: Effective Safety Plans: 5 Things Safety Rules Can (and Can’t) Do for Your Business

Creating an effective safety plan can seem like a huge undertaking if  you don’t specialize in it. They are often made of multiple moving parts. Small- to medium-sized businesses are growing every year. How can they put together an effective safety plan for the first time, or even with limited resources? Learn about building an effective safety plan using safety rules – and what they can and can’t do for your business, with Mark Woodward, Senior Safety and Risk Trainer at MEM. Show notes. >

Ep. 117: Business Scalability: Leveraging Safety as a Tool for Growth

Businesses often see workplace safety as something that requires a lot of time and money. They worry that the extra effort may threaten existing productivity and processes. However, studies continue to show that employees that feel safe perform better on the job than those who don’t. Learn how leaders can leverage safety as a tool that provides for business growth with Greg Davis, CEO of Big Leaf Networks. Show notes. >

Ep. 116: Mental Injury: How Mental Health Impacts Claims Management

Mental health and work comp claims are often tightly intertwined. Many people think of only the physical side of a claim: the injury, the doctor’s visits, and the rehabilitation. But an injured worker’s mental health can actually become a documented part of a claim – with or without a physical injury. Learn how mental health claims are managed with Vickie Egan, Case Management Services Supervisor at Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 115: Toxic Work Environments: How Bad Behavior Impacts Bottom Lines

The impact of a toxic work environment can affect employees’ mental health and a business’s bottom line. But what’s the difference between naturally-occurring differences and something more hazardous? Learn about the hallmarks of a toxic work environment with Jessica Childress, award-winning employment attorney. Show notes. >

Ep. 114: Return to Work: Creating Effective Programs with The Arc of the Ozarks

Having zero injuries in the workplace is the right goal for any business. But the reality is that occasionally people get hurt on the job. What happens after a claim is filed? Discover the benefits of getting employees back on the job sooner with Human Resources professionals Debbie Larsen and Pam McCracken of The Arc of the Ozarks. Show notes. >

Ep. 113: Employee Burnout: What Long-Term Exhaustion Looks Like at Work

Employee burnout affects nearly 77% of today’s workforce. With such a large portion of employees affected, this issue is one employers should keep their eyes on. But what does the word ‘burnout’ really mean? Learn what burnout looks like in affected employees and the risks it brings to the job with Dr. Arpit Aggarwal, the Medical Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at the Missouri Psychiatric Center. Show notes. >

Ep. 112: School Violence: Equipping Educators with Tools for Today’s Classroom

From mass shootings to classroom assaults, schools today are fraught with violence. Studies show nearly half of all educators and a third of administrative and support staff are considering transferring or leaving the field for good. School violence poses a threat not just to students, but victimizes employees in the process. Learn how schools can support educators with Dr. Susan D. McMahon, Professor of Psychology and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs for the College of Science and Health at DePaul University. McMahon is also the Chair of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Violence Against Educators and School Personnel. Show notes. >

Ep. 111: Safety Budgets: Solutions for Businesses of Every Size

Safety in the workplace is critical for all businesses, regardless of the organization’s size. Depending on your industry, hiring safety professionals, investing in equipment, or providing safety training may be part of a comprehensive safety plan. Learn how to find a solution that fits your business with Gavin Coyle, consultant and author of Workplace Safety on a Budget. Show notes. >

Ep. 110: Heart Health: Why Blood Pressure Matters in the Workplace

Heart health matters in the workplace. High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease go hand in hand. Many Americans are unaware they are affected by these conditions. Learn how preventative action and disease management save lives with Dr. Sudhi Tyagi, interventional cardiologist and board-certified provider in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and nuclear medicine. Show notes. >

Ep. 109: Work Comp Audits: Paying the Correct Amount for Your Coverage

Audits are an essential part of any work comp policy. This process helps employers pay the right amount of premium – nothing more, nothing less. Discover what an audit does for your business, and how to prepare for one, with Tina Austin, Premium Consultation Quality Specialist at Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 108: Temporary Employees: Keeping Seasonal Workers Safe on the Job

Temporary employees are a much-needed solution in many industries. Extra hands help businesses get through the busiest times of the year. However, temporary employees can be much like new hires: untrained, unfamiliar with the industry, and unsure on the job. Learn how to reduce seasonal safety risk with Bill McDonald, Area Director of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) St. Louis office. Show notes. >

Ep. 107: Heat Stress: The Hidden Hazard That Comes with Warming Weather

Heat stress is a hidden hazard that comes with warmer weather. The U.S Department of Labor reported 344 worker deaths related to heat exposure between 2011 and 2019. Learn how this common workplace risk can be avoided with return guest Rod Harvey, Director of Industrial Hygiene and Field Operations with RHP Risk Management. Show notes. >

Ep. 106: Drones in the Workplace: How New Tech is Rising to the Occasion

Drones are at the forefront of the new technology frontier. These high-flying machines range from the size of a small airplane to pocket-size. Available for non-military use for more than 15 years, they are used in many industry areas. Discover what drones are capable of, and how they can be used to increase safety on the job, with David Day, certified drone pilot and co-owner of Altitude University. Show notes. >

Ep. 105: Fire Safety: Lesser Known Requirements for Business Owners

Running a business often requires an owner to wear many hats. Understandably, some details of workplace safety get lost in the mix. One area that is commonly overlooked is fire safety. Many people know the basics: fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and emergency exits. However, there are a few items that often go unnoticed. Learn how to check essential requirements off your fire safety list with Tim Beam, Missouri State Fire Marshal. Show notes. >

Ep. 104: Subrogation: Finding Claims Dollars That Make a Difference

Have you ever been involved an incident that appeared to only be partially or completely not your fault? These situations can get complicated quickly. It can often become a he-said, she-said disagreement. Work comp insurance companies have tools and resources to help sort through the facts. When another party is liable for damage or injuries, an important process begins: subrogation. Learn what the subrogation process is and how it benefits employers with Michelle Palmer, Subrogation Manager at Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 103: Legalized Marijuana: 3 Practical Measures to Protect Your Workplace

Marijuana is more accessible than ever in Missouri. Residents can now purchase it for medical and recreational use. Cannabis in the workplace has significant implications. Learn practical ways to protect your business and your employees with Larry Lambert, General Counsel at Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 102: Lockout Tagout: Machines Safety Practices That Matter

Machines are an essential to getting a job done in many industries. But this energized equipment holds unseen hazards, and it only takes one moment to change a life. Discover how a lockout/tagout (LOTO) program can be the difference between an efficient workday and a catastrophic incident with Rod Harvey, Director of Industrial Hygiene and Field Operations with RHP Risk Management. Show notes. >

Ep. 101: Predictive Safety: Tech Designed to Stop Fatigue Risk in Its Tracks

Being tired on the job is nothing new for the average employee. A fatigued employee can create liability for a business. But how do employers know when a worker has reached the tipping point – when being mentally and physically drained becomes dangerous? Learn how a new form of technology is bridging the gap with Jeff Akers and Jeff Sease, CEO and COO at Predictive Safety. Show notes. >

Ep. 100: The WorkSAFE Podcast: Memorable Moments from 100 Episodes of Expertise

The WorkSAFE Podcast began in 2017 as a way to spread workplace safety and workers compensation information to a broad audience. Join us for a special anniversary episode where host Heather Carl and Marketing Content Strategist and podcast producer Alan Combs share our top five episodes and some hidden gems. Show notes. >

Ep. 99: Work Comp Insurance: How Your Policy Protects Your Business

Insurance is something that provides protection against a possible eventuality. You can pay to insure just about anything you value: your home and health, even treasured possessions. Understand how a work comp policy protects your business with Christian DeLozier, Proactive Business Risk & Insurance Consultant for Mike Keith Insurance, Inc. Show notes. >

Ep. 98: Stress in Agriculture: Digging Deep Into a Mental Health Crisis

What does it take to produce the goods that feed a nation? Further, what happens when your livelihood depends on it? Stress and uncertainty are a part of daily life in the agriculture industry. Learn how farmers and ranchers can get the support they need with Dr. Tara Haskins, Total Farmer Health Director for AgriSafe. Show notes. >

Ep. 97: Prices on the Rise: How Inflation Affects Work Comp Coverage

The cost of goods and services is increasing, and buyers aren’t the only ones affected. Businesses are also battling to maintain their bottom line. Understand how inflation impacts work comp, from medical care to premium costs, with Andy Ribaudo, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Missouri Employers Mutual, and Lyndi Barthel, Manager of Medical Services. Show notes. >

Ep. 96: Safety Storytelling: Using Powerful Moments to Make Change

Getting employees to buy in to safety can be a challenge for employers, no matter what industry they’re in. But when you include them in the conversation, it isn’t impossible. Learn how to use stories of risk and injury to fuel workplace change with Patrick Nelson, founder of Loyalty Point Leadership. Show notes. >

Ep. 95: Recreational Marijuana: Best Practices in a Post-Legalization World

Marijuana is legal in some form for more than 146 million Americans. As both state and federal governments continue to propose new amendments and laws, business owners are faced with an evolving legal landscape. Learn what these changes mean for employers and their safety culture with Larry Lambert, Associate General Counsel for Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 94: Labor Shortages: Safety Steps for Short-Staffed Teams

Labor shortages are frustrating for the average consumer. However, many employers are scrambling to meet demand. With fewer experienced team members to train new hires, the risk of injury is on the rise. Learn how to protect current employees from burnout and prepare incoming new hires with Aaron Paris, Director of Safety at the Robert E. Miller Group. Show notes. >

Ep. 93: From a Safety Professional: 7 Signs of Effective Employee Training

Training is one of the most important things an employer can offer. Employers have a responsibility to give their teams the education they need to stay safe on the job. But how do they know if this training is making a difference? Discover seven signs of effective employee training with Sheila Schmidt, Safety and Risk Services Regional Manager at Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 92: Distracted Driving: Changing Attitudes and Actions Behind the Wheel

Whether you drive for work or personal reasons, the consequences of being distracted behind the wheel can be life-altering. The price can be losing your life, or costing someone theirs. Discover how to change not just attitudes, but actions, with Joel Feldman, founder of the organization End Distracted Driving. Show notes. >

Ep. 91: Safety Solutions: How New Technology Protects Isolated Employees

Working alone is a common task across different industries. This includes people who work with the public, high-risk individuals or in high-risk situations. Without a team, workplace – or even a phone handy – how can employers know when an employee is in trouble? Learn how technology bridges this gap with Serese Selanders, founder and CEO OF SolusGuard. Show notes. >

Ep. 90: The Cost of Doing Business: 7 Ways Employers Can Resist Rising Risk and Claims Expenses

The cost of doing business – and life in general – is on the rise. And unfortunately, so is the severity and cost of workplace injuries. Learn how employers can rein in these expenses, and improve claim outcomes, with Kelli Lucas, Director of Claims at Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 89: Musculoskeletal Disorders: How Muscle Injuries Take a Mental Toll

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common conditions affecting the working population. They are also a major cause of lost time on the job. Discover how these painful injuries don’t just affect physical health, but mental health, with Paul Krewson, founder and CEO of Peak Ergonomics. Show notes. >

Ep. 88: Regulations vs. Compensation: How Safety Rules Affect Work Comp Benefits

Work comp is a valuable form of protection. However, safety regulations are closely tied to work comp benefits. Learn about the connection between them and how they impact both employers and employees with returning guest Rhonda Kauffman, Safety and Risk Specialist at Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 87: Noise Safety: Setting Sound Standards to Protect Employee Hearing

Noise levels are a safety concern that many employees think doesn’t apply to them. Sometimes, hearing loss is just an accepted part of the job. However, safe levels of noise are a part of a safe workplace. Hearing loss can and should be prevented by employers. Learn how to set safe sound standards on the job with Joe Czaicki, Senior Safety & Risk Consultant at Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 86: Workplace Culture and Engagement: The Keys to Company Safety

Workplace culture is key to retaining employees. Learn how a positive environment reduces injuries and keeps employees around longer with Victoria Dew, founder and CEO of Dewpoint Communications. Show notes. >

Ep. 85: The History of Safety: Gaining New Perspectives for the Future

Every day, we learn and understand how to keep people safer on the job. However, the road to safer workplaces has been a long one. It begins in a place where health and safety weren’t always priorities. Learn how far the past has brought us, and where the future leads, with Rod Courtney, the Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Ampirical. Show notes. >

Ep. 84: High Visibility: Safety Gear That’s More Than Just Bright Colors

We’ve all seen vibrant yellow safety vests, bright orange barrels and neon stripes directing us to the safest path. In each of these situations, bright colors play an active role in keeping both us and employees safe – and there’s more to them than meets the eye. Learn how high visibility gear makes an impact on the job with Matt Cowell, Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Emery Sapp & Sons. Show notes. >

Ep. 83: School Safety: How to Eliminate Common Hallway Hazards

Schools are full of opportunity, but they also present staff and students with safety risks. The number one way to be injured on the job in a school is a slip, trip or fall. Discover ways to eliminate hallway hazards with Edward Gray of Robson Forensic. Show notes. >

Ep. 82: Tower Climbing: Taking Crew Safety to New Heights

Tower climbing crews keep us, and our devices, connected to important networks. These sky-high workplaces face unique hazards. Learn the risks they face working at heights, and how they are mitigated, with Kathy Gill, owner of Tower Safety. Show notes. >

Ep. 81: Security Driving: Road Tips from a Professional Driving Instructor

Driving defensively is key to staying safe on the road. However, the average American doesn’t know how to operate a vehicle in a high-risk situation. With motor vehicle crashes still the leading cause of death on the job, learn how to take defensive driving to the next level with Josh Palmer, Chief Instructor at AS3 International Inc. Show notes. >

Ep. 80: Mental Health in Trucking: 5 Ways to Support Stressed Drivers

According to the American Trucking Association, the U.S. needs about 80,000 more truck drivers than are actually in the workforce now. Any industry with a shortage of employees means more stress on those who currently work in it. Join Dr. Chuck Hollister, Executive Director of the Missouri Psychological Association, to discuss the common stressors truck drivers face and how their employers can support them. Show notes. >

Ep. 79: Struck-By Incidents: Dodging the Impact of This Top Construction Risk

Struck by incidents are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Learn how to protect employees – and businesses – from unexpected impact with Jessica Bunting, Director of the Research to Practice Program at the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) and Brad Sand, Senior Vice President of Safety and Education at the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Show notes. >

Ep. 78: The New Smoking: How to Counter the Serious Risks of Too Much Sitting

More than 80% of today’s U.S. workforce is made up of sedentary jobs. Staying seated for hours isn’t great for the human body. It can cause constant aches, pains and even long-term physical damage. Discover how to reduce sitting time and improve the overall wellbeing of employees with Dr. Stefan Zavalin, physical therapy professional and founder of Love to Move. Show notes. >

Ep. 77: Stress in the Workplace: 5 Ways to Reduce Pressure for Employees

Now, more than ever, employees start their day with a lot of stress. Add this stress to the typical workday, and the chance for incident and injury increases. Learn five ways to reduce stress, and safety risks, on the job with returning guest Dr. Richard Gasaway, founder of Situational Awareness Matters!™. Show notes. >

Ep. 76: Risk Management: Building Safety Culture in the City of Branson, Missouri

Branson, MO is a popular vacation destination. But it takes a team to maintain the thriving community of 10,000 year-round residents. Learn what it takes to manage risk and promote safety at the lakeside locale with Bob Smither, Risk Manager for the City of Branson. Show notes. >

Ep. 75: Multi-Employer Worksites: Who Should Take the Lead on Safety?

Many projects require multiple trades. But when it comes to multi-employer worksites, who is responsible for safety? The answer: everyone. Learn how to prioritize the safety of every business on the job site with Senior Safety & Risk Services Trainer Mark Woodward and Premium Consultation Manager Chonna Patterson. Show notes. >

Ep. 74: The Value of Visual Literacy: Learning to See Safety Risks with New Eyes

Safety hazards always seem to be overlooked around the workplace until an incident happens. But what if employers could teach their teams to see and search for safety risks with new eyes? Discover the value of visual literacy with Doug Pontsler, Chairman and Managing Director of the COVE Center of Visual Expertise. Show notes. >

Ep. 73: Workplace Violence: 3 Ways Employers Can Prepare for Potential Threats

News coverage of workplace violence incidents often leave us wondering what we would have done in the same situation. Learn how the right planning and training can minimize casualties – and even limit potential incidents – with William Flinn, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at The Power of Preparedness. Show notes. >

Ep. 72: Post-Offer Employment Testing: Prevent Injuries with This Proactive Program

Employers can teach their teams how to work safely on the job. But what if there were a way to prevent potential injuries before an employee’s first day on the job? Discover the benefits of a post-offer employment testing (POET) program with Rocky Newsom, EHS Supervisor for US Tool Group. Show notes. >

Ep. 71: Safety Engagement: 3 Steps to Get Employees to Buy In to Safety Efforts

Safety rules and processes are vital for a safe workplace. But some employers haven’t changed the way they share them in decades. How can they prevent employees from tuning out during these important conversations? Learn how to encourage employees to engage in safety with Kevin Burns, published author and CEO of KevBurns Learning. Show notes. >

Ep. 70: The Saint Louis Zoo: Caring for Critters, Customers and Keepers During COVID-19

In 2017, we featured the Saint Louis Zoo in our very first episode. Bringing together guests, staff, and animals – the center of the experience – means zoo safety is a big priority. Discover how safety efforts have evolved in the midst of a global pandemic with Domini Montgomery, Director of Safety and Risk Services for the St. Louis Zoo, and our very first guest. Show notes. >

Ep. 69: A Culture of Care: The Value of a Welcoming Workplace

Company culture is important to today’s employees. Many are taking a second look at their work situation. Learn how to create a culture of care to retain the right talent for your business with Len Toenjes, President of the Missouri Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America (AGCMO). Show notes. >

Ep. 68: Overworking Employees: How Extra Shifts Can Lead to Serious Safety Risk

As the demand for goods and services rises, so does the need to work. Many employers turn to longer shifts, but more hours can come with serious safety concerns. Learn how too much time on the job puts employees, and workplace safety, at risk with Brye Lynn, safety educator and creator of The Safety Geek. Show notes. >

Ep. 67: Clean Air: How to Help Employees Breathe Easy on the Job

Clean air is key to a productive workplace. But it’s easy to overlook safety hazards we can’t even see. Discover how to improve air quality for your employees with Rhonda Kauffman, Safety and Risk Specialist at Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 66: A Crisis in Construction: Saving Lives with Suicide Prevention Measures

Suicide is a growing problem in construction. The industry has the second-highest rate of suicide amongst all occupations in the U.S. Discover how to support employees who may be struggling with Brandon Anderson, Vice President of the Missouri chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCMO). Show notes. >

Ep. 65: Work Comp 101: Finding the Right Policy for Your Business

Work comp may seem like just another expense. But it protects your business and team, and is one of the most important investments you’ll make. Learn what finding the right policy for you looks like with Christian Delozier, Proactive Business Risk & Insurance Consultant for Mike Keith Insurance, Inc. Show notes. >

Ep. 64: Calling 811: Dial Before You Dig to Avoid Making a Costly Mistake

Hitting a utility line while digging can result in serious injury and serious costs. 811 is a free service that can help you eliminate safety risks when digging. Discover how one call can prevent costly mistakes with Derek Leffert, Director of External Affairs at Missouri One Call and Executive Director of the Missouri Common Ground Alliance. Show notes. >

Ep. 63: Near Misses: Using Close Calls Today to Prevent Incidents Tomorrow

We’ve all had close calls when it comes to safety. In the workplace, these moments are called near misses. Even though they don’t cause an accident at the time, we can use these moments of gratitude to teach us the power of prevention – and note the warning they provide. Learn about near misses and the impact they can have on safety with Mark Woodward, Safety and Risk Trainer at Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 62: Trauma-Informed Workplaces: Building a Better Business with Empathy and Awareness

Trauma can affect our ability to think, learn, and manage change. It can also make it hard to relate to others. All of these skills play an important role in employees working safely and efficiently on the job. Discover how to build a trauma-informed workplace and support employees with Randy Grieser, Founder & Chief Vision Officer of ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership and the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute. Show notes. >

Ep. 61: Stop Work Authority Program: Empowering Employees to End Unsafe Situations

Are your employees empowered to speak up when they see risks on the job? A Stop Work Authority program allows them to step in during unsafe situations. Learn how it can have a positive impact on your business with Rhonda Kauffman, Safety and Risk Specialist at Missouri Employers Mutual. Show notes. >

Ep. 60: Trenching Safety: Digging Into the Safety Steps Employers Need to Know

Trench collapses happen each year, and can result in serious injury or death. Learn how to protect workers with these trenching safety tips from Rick Plocinski, Customer Training Specialist for United Rentals and host of the Behind the Standards with United Rentals podcast. Show notes. >

Ep. 59: Substance Misuse: How Employers Can Support Workers Struggling with Addiction

Almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction. But only 10% of them receive treatment for it. Substance misuse can spill over into the workplace. Learn how to support struggling workers and keep safety in mind with Nicole Dawsey, Executive Director of Prevent+Ed. Show notes. >

Ep. 58: Stop Falls Stand Down: Commit to Fall Protection in Partnership with OSHA

Every on-the-job fall is preventable. But they continue to be a leading cause of death in many industries. Learn how to commit to fall protection from OSHA Area Director Bill McDonald during their National Safety Stand-Down week. Show notes. >

Ep. 57: Electrical Safety: How to Shake Off Shock Risk in the Workplace

Electricity is everywhere. But we often don’t think about it until we don’t have it – or until an incident occurs. Discover the hidden hazards of electricity and how to prevent injuries with Brett Brenner, President of the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Show notes. >

Ep. 56: The COVID-19 Vaccine: How Employers Can Support Safer Workplaces

COVID-19 has been tough for businesses. But newly available vaccines could change that. Learn how to support safer workplaces and communities with Ruth Binger, Principal at Danna McKitrick, P.C., a full-service law firm based in St. Louis, MO. Show notes. >

Ep. 55: Medical Marijuana: Lessons Learned from the First Year of Legal Use

Missouri opened its doors to medical marijuana in 2020. What have we learned after one year of legal use? Catch up on the latest lessons with Ruth Binger, Principal at Danna McKitrick, P.C., a full-service law firm based in St. Louis, MO. Show notes. >

Ep. 54: Stories from the Road: Safety Tips from Tales of Unsafe Driving

Vehicle crashes are the number one way to die on the job nationwide. Learn how to avoid becoming a statistic with Captain Kevin Kelley of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who shares safe driving tips for your employees. Show notes. > 

Ep. 53: Fall Protection: How to Prepare Employees for Working at Heights

Falls from heights are one of the leading causes of death in the workplace. The right protection and training are essential to save lives. Prepare your employees to work from heights safety with Thomas Kramer, safety consultant and engineer at LJB, Inc. and president of the International Society for Fall Protection. Show notes. > 

Ep. 52: Situational Awareness: Teaching Employees to Stay Alert on the Job

Most employees have a consistent work day. But is your team ready for the unexpected? Learn how situational awareness can prevent bad outcomes with Dr. Richard Gasaway, founder of Situational Awareness Matters!™. Show notes. >

Ep. 51: Safety Manager 101: 3 Tips to Help Professionals New to Safety Roles

A safety manager is an important team member in any industry. But sometimes, the role is given to someone without much safety experience. Greg Zigulis, President of Sixth Sense Safety Solutions, shares three tips to help new safety managers get started. Show notes. >

Ep. 50: Safety Systems: How Great Documentation and Processes Save Lives

Safety systems save lives, but some take time and are difficult for employees to use. Discover three ways to improve your safety systems with Miguel Ramos, COO and co-founder of Limble. Show notes. >

Ep. 49: Winter Safety: Preparing Your Workforce for Winter Weather

Employees face new hazards in winter weather. Karen Hamel, Regulatory Expert and Trainer for Halen Hardy, LLC, shares how to make winter safety a priority by providing the right training and safety essentials. Show notes. >

Ep. 48: Strains and Sprains: Preventing Overexertion Injuries at Work and Home

Overexertion is the leading cause of workplace injuries. Learn how to prevent strains and sprains with Tara Swaney, physical therapist and Work Strategies Coordinator at Select Medical. Show notes. >

Ep. 47: Safety Culture: Getting Leadership Support

Leadership support is the key to creating a workplace safety culture. Clint Bergman, Co-Franchisee of Two Men and a Truck, shares 3 key changes you can make today to put safety first. Show notes. >

Ep. 46: Safe Driving: Prevent Crashes During COVID-19

Traffic fatalities in Missouri rose by 12% in 2020. Prevent crashes and keep your employees safe on the road using these 4 tips from Nicole Hood of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Show notes. >

Ep. 45: The Aging Workforce: How to Support Senior Workers in Every Industry

About 25% of U.S. workers are over age 55. The aging workforce carries valuable experience and knowledge, but these employees can be at a higher risk for workplace injuries. Kevin Lombardo, CEO of Dorn Companies, discusses how employers can protect their older workers from common risks. Show notes. >

Ep. 44: Workers Compensation Fraud Prevention: Protect Your People and Your Policy

Where there are benefits, fraud is possible. Bill Byington, Senior Special Investigative Unit Specialist at Missouri Employers Mutual, shares strategies for preventing fraud and reporting suspected fraud. Show notes. >

Ep. 43: Caution Fatigue During COVID-19: Safety in the New Normal

While many were eager to help flatten the COVID-19 curve at first, caution fatigue has started to set in. Safety consultants Joshua Mrozowsky and Rajni Walia of Dekra discuss how the stresses of COVID-19 impact our behavior and how employers can help prevent caution fatigue in the workplace. Show notes. >

Ep. 42: Restaurants and COVID-19: Challenges and Changes Affecting the Industry

The restaurant industry has been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Carryout and delivery are thriving, and new safety concerns have changed how restaurants operate. Herman Styles and Ben Thies of Colton’s Steak House and Grill discuss the challenges restaurants are facing. Show notes. >

Ep. 41: Floor Safety: Reduce Slip, Trip and Fall Risks

Slips, trips, and falls are top causes of workplace injuries. Russell Kendzior, president of the National Floor Safety Institute, discusses common hazards and incident prevention tips. Show notes. >

Ep. 40: Subcontracting: Protect Your Premium When Hiring a Helping Hand

Did you know that subcontractors can be covered by your workers compensation policy? Premium Consultation Manager Chonna Patterson discusses how to avoid higher premiums and unexpected costs. Show notes. >

Ep. 39: The Word on Masks at Work

COVID-19 has changed workplaces. Should your employees be wearing masks at work to protect themselves and customers? Our expert weighs in. Show notes. >

Ep. 38: Directed Medical Care

If an employee is injured on the job, your priority is to get them the right care quickly. Claims expert Steve Summers explains why all employers should have a directed medical care plan, and how to get started. Show notes. >

Ep. 37: New Hire Safety

New hires make up 22% of the workforce but account for 40% of workplace injuries. Why are new employees at higher risk and how can business owners protect them? Our safety expert explains. Show notes. >

Ep. 36: Transitioning Back to Work Safely During COVID-19

An emergency like a pandemic or natural disaster can change the way your business works. A safety expert discusses how companies can help their employees transition safely back to work as communities start to re-open during COVID-19. Show notes. >

Ep. 35: Cybersecurity During Remote Work: 4 Ways to Protect Your Business Data

Working remotely is more common than ever. Employers rely on technology to keep their businesses running. But when employees handle sensitive data using home or public Wi-Fi networks, your company is exposed to risk. IT Security Manager Tim Myers covers cybersecurity risks and steps employers can take today to protect their data. Show notes. >

Ep. 34: Supporting Your Employees’ Mental Health While They Work from Home

Between routine changes and time away from coworkers, working from home can challenge the mental wellness of many employees. Terri Sitrin of New Directions Behavioral Health shares how employers can set employees up for success in the face of some common remote work challenges. Show notes. >

Ep. 33: Trucking and Transportation Safety When Demand is High

When transportation demands are high, trucking professionals feel increased pressure to drive longer hours and carry heavier loads. Safety expert Mark Woodward discusses how drivers can decrease their risk by avoiding fatigue, reducing stress and ensuring safety comes first during times of high demand. Show notes. >

Ep. 32: Tips to Avoid Work-Related Injuries While Working from Home

Working from home can expose employees to new workplace safety risks, like ergonomic injuries, slips, trips and more. Here are a few tips to help your employees avoid injuries while working from home. Show notes. >

Ep. 31: Ladders Last: Putting Safety First When Working at Heights

The Ladders Last philosophy means using safer alternatives to work at heights, turning to ladders as a last resort. Richard Jones, retired from Turner Construction, discusses why ladders are so dangerous and how employers can get buy-in to reduce ladder use amongst their own employees. Show notes. >

Ep. 30: Safety Meetings 101: How to Share Safety Skills with Your Employees

How often should you have safety meetings? What topics should you cover? And how can you keep your employees’ attention? Safety training specialist Flint Walton shares his insights and tips. Show notes. >

Ep. 29: The New Frontier of Pain Management

Missourians have a new option for pain management: medical marijuana. Kevin Glennon of One Call Care Management explains how it can treat pain and reduce opioid use. We also cover the future of regulation for medical use. Show notes. >

Ep. 28: Medical Marijuana in Missouri

Missourians voted to legalize medical marijuana use in 2018. Now, employers are expecting changes in their workplaces – and potentially in their safety policies. A legal expert discusses. Show notes. >

Ep. 27: Incident Investigation

Many employers think their job is done after a claim closes – but to prevent similar injuries in the future, you need to conduct an incident investigation. Safety and Risk Specialist Rhonda Kauffman explains how. Show notes. >

Ep. 26: Fire Safety

Fires cause 3% of workplace injuries, and they can leave businesses devastated. Brad Fraizer, Assistant Fire Chief for the Columbia Fire Department, shares best practices to protect your people and your business from the dangers of a workplace fire. Show notes. >

Ep. 25: How to Host Safety Week in Your Workplace

Refresh your employees’ commitment to workplace safety by holding Safety Week – a week of activities dedicated to safety. Tisha Greco and Caitlin Way share what they’ve learned planning MEM’s WorkSAFE Week event over the years. Show notes. >

Ep. 24: Return to Work Programs

An effective return to work program creates flexible work options for an employee while they are recovering and helps you save on your claims costs. Steve Summers discusses. Show notes. >

Ep. 23: Traumatic Injury Rehabilitation: Rebuilding Injured Employees’ Lives

Shawn Wills shares Madonna Rehabilitation’s approach to traumatic injury rehabilitation and work re-entry for patients with severe workplace injuries. Show notes. >

Ep. 22: Unbelievable Safety Stories

Injuries happen to people who don’t expect them. EMT Mark Woodward shares his safety stories and offers advice to prevent serious incidents in your workplace. Show notes. >

Ep. 21: Workers Compensation for Small Business Owners

Workers compensation provides your small business with essential protection and support if a workplace injury occurs. Scott Costello, president of Tri-County Agency, shares what small business owners need to know about their work comp policy. Show notes. >

Ep. 20: Identify and Prevent Injuries with Workplace Ergonomics

Overexertion is the source of 35% of all work-related injuries. Dr. Matt Jeffs explains how workplace ergonomics can help prevent these injuries in your workplace with a plan that fits your business’s unique needs. Show notes. >

Ep. 19: Prevent and Prepare for Workplace Violence

Workplace violence affects more than 2 million workers every year. Vaughn Baker, president at Strategos International, discusses how to prepare your employees to spot the red flags and react properly if violence occurs. Show notes. >

Ep. 18: Leadership in Fleet Safety Management

Driving a vehicle is one of the most dangerous activities you can do on the job. Employees behind the wheel are a safety risk for companies of all sizes. Col. Mark Trostel of Encana Corporation shares what he’s learned in decades of experience helping thousands of drivers stay safe on the road. Show notes. >

Ep. 17: Trucking Safety: On and Off the Road

For trucking companies, building a safety culture is crucial to keeping everyone safe on the road. But when drivers are on the road for weeks at a time, it can be hard to maintain a cohesive safety program. We talk with Potterfield Trucking about the industry’s unique safety challenges and how to address them. Show notes. >

Ep. 16: Are Your Safety Documents Working – or Worthless?

From training to policies to equipment maintenance, documenting your safety-related activities is crucial to their effectiveness. Documentation can add structure to your programs, as well as protect your business from OSHA citations and litigation. Show notes. >

Ep. 15: Managing Work Comp Claims

The best way to minimize work comp claims’ impact on your business is to prevent injuries in the first place. If an injury does occur, here are some work comp claims management strategies that can reduce costs and help the employee return to work safely and quickly. Case study with Meek’s Lumber. Show notes. >

Ep. 14: Fatigue at Work

Fatigue leads to 1.2 million lost work days and costs businesses billions of dollars every year. Pamala Bobbitt of Cority is back on the podcast to discuss how a lack of sleep impacts workers’ professional lives, and how technology can both worsen the problem and provide some solutions. Show notes. >

Ep. 13: Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Part 2 (Drug Testing and Managing Claims)

Ep. 12: Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Part 1 (State of the Problem)

One in four adults binge drinks, and one in ten adults uses illicit drugs. They’re not out on the street, though: research shows that most of these adults are working at jobs. We explore the risks that safety professionals need to know about, and best practices for mitigating them. This topic spans a two-part series on drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Show notes. >

Ep. 11: Safer Driving with Telematics

Business owners are turning to GPS vehicle tracking (telematics) to identify problem driving patterns and prevent crashes. Col. Mark Trostel of Encana Corporation and Dan O’Neil of StriveSafe by Cartasite discuss their experience with telematics programs and what the future holds for driving safety. Show notes. >

Ep. 10: Return on Safety with EHS on Tap [Bonus Episode]

In this bonus episode, Mark Woodward, Senior Safety Trainer and frequent WorkSAFE Podcast guest, talks to Justin Scace of EHS on Tap about return on safety – the true benefits of prioritizing safety in the workplace. Show notes. >

Ep. 9: Work-Life Balance and Safety

Taking time off to reset benefits employees, but does it benefit the company? Pamala Bobbitt, Director of Product Marketing and Channels at Cority and former EHS manager, explains how work-life balance and holistic, behavior-based safety improve productivity and lead to long-term organizational sustainability. Show notes. >

Ep. 8: New Hire Safety Training Tips

One in three work comp claims involves a new hire. How can business owners ensure their new employees have the training they need to stay safe on the job? Josh Reynolds of Meek’s Lumber shares his experience and tips for keeping new hires safe. Show notes. >

Ep. 7: Put Safety Technology to Work

Investing in safety technology is a smart move for large companies with budgets to match. But is it realistic for small, family-owned businesses? In this interview, Simon Rabjohns explains that it’s not only an option for small businesses – for some, it’s absolutely essential. Show notes. >

Ep. 6: Safety Myths Debunked!

Do workplace injuries happen because people just aren’t paying attention? Is safety common sense? According to Senior Safety Trainer Mark Woodward, paying attention is only half the battle. He discusses this and other safety myths standing in the way of safer workplaces. Show notes. >

Ep. 5: Home Safe and Sound: Finck Supported Living Services

Finck Supported Living Services is dedicated to helping clients with special needs live fulfilling lives. Safety manager Michelle Karhoff shares how the organization also stays dedicated to keeping its employees safe on the job. Show notes. >

Ep. 4: Safety Leadership: More than a Checklist

How do you create a true safety culture in the workplace? Senior Safety Trainer Mark Woodward explains how business owners and managers can lead their employees to see safety as more than a check in an OSHA box, and truly believe in safety. Show notes. >

Ep. 3: Winter Weather Driving Tips with MoDOT

We sat down with Chris Engelbrecht, Emergency Management Liaison for MoDOT, and Mark Woodward, Senior Safety Trainer at MEM, to learn about driving in extreme winter weather and how business owners can reduce their employees’ risk. Show notes. >

Ep. 2: Dig Rite: No Shortcuts to Safety

Derek Leffert of Missouri One Call (better known as Dig Rite) talks trench safety, underground facility safety trainings, the Damage Prevention and Excavation Safety Summit, and – of course – how calling before you dig protects you and the people around you. Show notes. >

Ep. 1: How the Saint Louis Zoo Keeps Employees Safe

Addressing slip hazards in their Sumatran Orangutan habitat was a unique challenge for the Saint Louis Zoo. Safety Coordinator Domini Montgomery discusses balancing animal and zookeeper needs in workplace safety. Show notes. >