Safety & Loss Control News

Home Builders Safety Group Earns $117,226 Texas Mutual Dividend

Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Co. announced it awarded a dividend of $117,226 to the Texas Home Builders (THB) safety group. The dividend was earned based on the group members’ dedication to making safety a priority in their businesses and therefore …

Approval of New Orleans East Levees a Good Sign for Flood Insurance Rates

Levee officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency has certified non-federal levees in New Orleans East, a step which should help spur economic development in a part of the city lagging in its comeback from Hurricane Katrina. FEMA officials certified …

$26.2M Flood Mitigation Grant Approved for Burlington, Iowa

City officials in Burlington, Iowa, announced it will be able to build flood walls and other barriers to keep the Mississippi River at bay during flood events. The city has been awarded a $26.2 million grant from the state Homeland …

South Dakota Sees Uptick in Un-Belted Driver Deaths

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says there has been a significant bump in the number of drivers who die because they crash while not wearing a seat belt this year. Public Safety Department Secretary Trevor Jones said that …

Soil Shifts Lead to Speed Bumps on 85 mph Highway in Central Texas

Some speed bumps have surfaced on America’s fastest highway, prompting suggestions that drivers along stretches of Central Texas’ 85 mph toll road might want to ease back to a pokey 75 mph. About two years after it opened, orange signs …

Sheriff: New Orleans Airport Attacker Had Machete, Explosives

A machete-wielding attacker who died hours after being shot by a sheriff’s deputy who stopped his rampage at New Orleans’ international airport had a bag loaded with Molotov cocktails, authorities say. Richard White, 63, was shot on March 20 as …

Nebraska Lawmakers to Vote on Helmet Law Repeal

A push to repeal Nebraska’s motorcycle helmet law is going to a vote in the Legislature despite opposition from senators who say the requirement saves lives. The repeal measure would lift Nebraska’s restriction on motorcycle helmets for riders who are at …

90% of Parents Waive Teen Driving Restriction in Iowa

An effort to improve some teen drivers’ road safety by limiting their number of passengers is having little impact in Iowa, because the majority of parents are signing waivers to opt their kids out of the requirement. According to data …

Safety Concerns Block Effort to Raise Interstate Speed Limit in Iowa

Iowa drivers will stay out of the fast lane for now, after lawmakers did not advance a bill that would have boosted the speed limit on interstate highways, bringing it in line with many nearby states. The bill sought to …

Louisiana’s ‘Sobriety Court’ Program Targets Drunk Drivers

State court officials in Lafayette are three months into a program designed to wean habitual drunken drivers off of alcohol. The Advocate reports it’s a program that demands sobriety and discipline from offenders who have been convicted of third- and …