Columbia, MO (WorkersCompensation.com) - At Missouri Employers Mutual we are focused on one thing: our corporate vision of safe, healthy and injury-free workplaces. We're proud that the number of MEM policyholders who go a full year with no injuries is steadily increasing. Last year, 86 percent of them went injury-free.
In our own offices, we've been injury-free for a while—10 years, to be exact! On July 11, we celebrated a full decade without a single lost-time injury in our four office locations across Missouri.
Ten years is a long time. How long? To give you an idea, in 2007:
Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPhone. Since then, our team of Safety Fanatics has been continually adapting to the dynamic topic of cell phone safety.
The Virginia Tech shooting became one of the deadliest mass shootings in US history. This sobering event reminded us of the importance of preparing the workforce for a worst case scenario.
The Dow Jones closed at a record high of over 14,000 and wouldn't be topped again until 2013. As businesses struggled to recover from the financial crisis, preventing injuries and saving money on work comp coverage became more important than ever.
How do we do it? It takes dedication and creativity to shape the safety culture that has kept our workplace safe for ten years and counting. We start by applying many of the same safety policies we encourage for our policyholders: Employees sign agreements for seat belt, drug and alcohol policies.
Central to our safety culture is our “Safety Fanatics” program, which outlines a corporate target for all employees to complete a set number of safety trainings and outreach events. However, many employees go beyond the target-level requirements to reach High Impact or Extraordinary levels. The program also encourages employees to engage in safety-related activities with the larger community, and provides opportunities for peer-to-peer recognition when someone is caught “in the act” of going out of their way to ensure a safe workplace.