WorkSAFE Podcast

The WorkSAFE Podcast features expert interviews, practical strategies and workplace safety tips. Brought to you by Missouri Employers Mutual.

Vehicle crashes are the number one way to die on the job nationwide. Some business owners are turning to GPS tracking – known as telematics – to help them identify problems 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. Read the transcript here.

In this bonus episode of the podcast, 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. You can also read the transcript as you listen.

Taking time off to reset benefits employees, but how does encouraging employees to take time off boost a company’s bottom line? The European Union has had it figured out for a while, but American corporate culture is shifting too. 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. Listen now or read the transcript.

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. You can read the transcript while you listen.

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 investing in safety technology is not only an option for small businesses – for some, it’s absolutely essential. You can also read the transcript here.

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. Listen or read the transcript here.

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. You can also read the transcript here.

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. Listen or read the transcript here.

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. Read the transcript while you listen.

In episode two, 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. Listen now, or read the transcript here.

For this episode, we traveled to the Saint Louis Zoo to talk to Safety Coordinator Domini Montgomery about zoo safety. Listen to learn how the Zoo prevents slips, trips and falls in the Sumatran Orangutan habitat, while tackling the unique challenge of finding human safety features that work well for the animals’ lives too. You can also read the transcript.

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