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January 2018 Archives

Federal agencies urged to cooperate on workplace safety issues

According to a recent report, workers in Missouri and around the country would be better protected against workplace accidents if the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety worked together more closely. The report, which contains the findings of a yearlong study, suggests a more coordinated approach to workplace safety regulations and urges the three federal agencies to share information more freely. The findings were contained in a Jan. 9 press release.

How to guard against uninsured drivers

Missouri requires its drivers to carry minimum amounts of car insurance. For example, drivers must have an uninsured motorists policy with a minimum of $25,000 per person for bodily injury and $50,000 per accident for bodily injury. As the state Department of Revenue website says, "Unfortunately, each year thousands of Missouri citizens are involved in automobile accidents with drivers who have not maintained the required automobile insurance. This results in unpaid damage claims and higher insurance premium rates for all Missourians."

Prevent speeding to reduce traffic deaths, says NTSB

Some Missouri motorists may think that the increase in drivers, or the prevalence of both drivers and pedestrians playing with their smartphones, is to blame for the rise in traffic fatalities. However, the National Transportation Safety Board believes that speeding is the culprit. The number of speeding-related deaths is second only to the number of DUI-related deaths.

How moving may impact SSD benefits

Missouri residents who receive Social Security Disability benefits will receive the same amount regardless of where they live. This means that they could move to state that has a lower cost of living without seeing a reduction in the benefits that they are entitled to. The amount that a person may receive is based on his or her earnings prior to applying for benefits as opposed to the cost of living in a given area.

GAO reveals hazards faced by meat processing workers

The meat processing industry is full of hazards, so anyone connected to the business in Missouri will want to know that the Government Accountability Office has released a report meat processing. After interviewing 72 workers across five states, the GAO found several common hazards and recurrent injuries.

Avoiding truck accidents

Driving around large trucks can be intimidating for many Missouri drivers. There are over 2 million large semi-trucks on the road across the United States, and drivers who are sharing the road with semis can use driving strategies to make an accident less likely.

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