Safety & Loss Control News

Texas Chemical Plant Workers Died from Accidental Asphyxiation

Four workers who died on Nov. 15 at a DuPont and Co. plant in Texas were accidentally asphyxiated by chemicals, the coroner’s office said, another finding that suggests the victims were not wearing full safety equipment. The workers were overcome …

Bus Inspection Problems Plague Michigan’s Small, Rural School Districts

Michigan State Police inspections have found that small, rural school districts experienced the most problems with their buses during the 2013-14 school year. As for Michigan as a whole, The Detroit News reported that state police figures show the number …

Texas’ Travis County Getting Serious About Property Crime Backlog

A fingerprint examiner for the Travis County sheriff’s office in Texas will devote the next six months to clearing a backlog of more than 600 property crime cases that piled up over the past 17 months. Most of the cases …

5 Ohio Universities Get Bomb Dogs

Five more universities around Ohio are receiving bomb-sniffing dogs as officials expand a state program that makes more of those canines available for safety needs on and off campuses. The University of Toledo, Kent State University, Ohio University and Central …

Audit Reveals Lack of Controls at Louisiana Dept. of Public Safety

Louisiana’s Department of Public Safety says it has taken steps to address problems detailed in a new state audit, including a lack of financial controls that led to misappropriation of more than $69,000 by three Office of Motor Vehicle employees …

‘Tis the Season for Workplace Safety

The holiday season can be one of the most prosperous times of year for many businesses. Increased activity in the workplace often means hiring temporary, seasonal employees. Continued employment gains across all industries and increased consumer spending are expected to …

North Dakota Town, BNSF Railway Reach Deal on Train Speeds

Train speeds were to begin increasing through Devils Lake, N.D., on Nov. 5 under a deal between the city and BNSF Railway that also calls for safety upgrades. The railroad last summer informed the city that it planned to double …

Texas Workers’ Comp Division Seeks Presenters for Safety Summit

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is seeking presenters for its 19th Annual Workplace Safety and Health Conference, the Texas Safety Summit, which will be held in Austin on May 19-21, 2015. The statewide conference is open to all segments …

Illinois Landowners Suing State over Fracking Permit Delay

Southern Illinois landowners are suing the state for failing to implement hydraulic fracturing, calling the long-running process for adopting rules governing the oil and gas extraction method tantamount to illegal government seizure of property already leased to developers. The lawsuit, …

University Presidents Oppose Push for Guns on Campuses in Oklahoma

Allowing more students and faculty at colleges and universities to carry guns on campus would be a serious mistake and jeopardize the public’s safety, the University of Oklahoma president told members of a state legislative committee. David Boren was among …