WorkSAFE Podcast

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

Driving a vehicle is one of the most dangerous activities you can do on the job. Companies with large vehicle fleets must address this significant risk every day. Col. Mark Trostel of Encana Corporation shares what he’s learned in decades of experience helping thousands of drivers stay safe on the road.

About 70% of freight in the U.S. is moved by truck. 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. Read the show notes. >

When it comes to safety, businesses usually don’t document enough. From training to policies to equipment maintenance, documenting your safety-related activities is crucial to their effectiveness. MEM’s Mark Woodward and Terri Sweeten discuss. Read the show notes. >

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 safety leaders can use to reduce costs and help the employee return to work safely and quickly. Case study with Meek’s Lumber. Read the show notes. >

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. Read the transcript. >

In this special two-part discussion, we explore the problem of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, the risks that safety professionals need to know about and best practices for mitigating them. Read the Part 2 transcript. >

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. In this special two-part discussion, we explore the problem of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, the risks that safety professionals need to know about and best practices for mitigating them. Read the Part 1 transcript. >

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. >

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. Read the transcript. >

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. 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. Read the transcript. >

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. Read the transcript. >

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. Read the transcript. >

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. Read the transcript. >

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. Read the transcript. >

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. >

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. Read the transcript. >

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. Read the transcript. >

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