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. 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. >