Safety & Loss Control News

Ohio Company Faces $235K in Fines for Health Violations

A North Lima, Ohio-based ambulance company faces penalties totaling $235,800 for 14 alleged workplace health and safety violations, according to federal safety officials. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration said an investigation found that Lifefleet LLC …

$1M in Jewelry, Gems Stolen from Antique Show in Illinois

A vendor reported more than $1 million worth of jewelry and gems stolen during a weekend antique show in Peoria, Ill., according to police. The theft was reported Aug. 9 after the reopening of the Mid America Antique Show and …

Ohio Steel Company Fined $162K for Workplace Hazards

Federal safety officials have proposed penalties totaling $162,400 against an Ohio-based steel manufacturer for exposing workers to workplace hazards. While Republic Steel has made a significant investment in personnel, training and safety improvements, workers are still exposed to serious fall and chemical …

Lafayette, Louisiana Officials Mull Insurance, Regulations for Uber

The Lafayette City-Parish Council is considering new regulations to require Uber and similar companies to do regular background checks on contract drivers, inspect vehicles and carry insurance above and beyond what state law requires for drivers. The Advocate reports the …

Texas DPS Takes 1.7K Commercial Vehicles Out of Service

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said during its inspection of 7,865 commercial motor vehicles in June it pulled approximately 21.7 percent, or 1,710, of the 18-wheelers, buses and other commercial vehicles inspected out of service for a variety …

Fed Up with Crummy Streets, Detroit-Area Residents Patch Potholes

Some Detroit-area residents fed up with the crummy condition of certain streets are taking matters into their own hands. Volunteers with the recently started Hamtramck Guerrilla Road Repair effort started filling in potholes July 25 on one roadway and they …

Indiana School to Build Tornado Safe Room with $1.6M Grant

Federal officials have awarded a southern Indiana school district $1.6 million to build a tornado safe room at an elementary school. The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow Salem Community Schools to add the safe room at …

Study: Lawrence Area a Hotspot for Kansas Turnpike Accidents

Six of the nine most accident-prone spots along the Kansas Turnpike are in the Lawrence area, according to a study compiled for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. Two of the other accident hotspots along the 236-mile turnpike were in the I-70 …

Groups Divided Over Lax ATV Safety Laws in Illinois

Illinois has some of the least-restrictive laws regulating all-terrain vehicles, and enthusiasts and consumer advocates are divided about how to make the popular sport safer. The Chicago Tribune reports that July and August are the deadliest months for ATV accidents. …

Texas Flood Responders Being Trained in Drone Technology

Drone technology training is part of a Texas A&M University seminar for emergency responders dealing with deadly flooding like the disastrous May storms. The 2015 Summer Institute on Flooding takes place at A&M’s Riverside campus in Bryan. Memorial Day weekend flooding in …