Safety & Loss Control News

Arkansas Kicks Off $2B Highway Improvement Program

State transportation officials marked the start of a nearly $2 billion construction program to improve and widen roadways in a ceremony on April 16 in Little Rock. The event officially kicked off the department’s Connecting Arkansas Program, a $1.8 billion …

Audit: Louisiana Needs to Improve Record of Bridge Inspections

Louisiana needs to improve its bridge inspections because they fall short of compliance with federal guidelines in place for making sure bridges are safe, according to an audit released April 7. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office said the state Department …

Iowa Seeking to Reduce Fatal Crashes on Rural Roads

An effort to reduce fatal crashes on secondary rural roads has been launched in Iowa. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau announced the effort, which began April 1 and continues through Sept. 30, 2015. The program will focus on rural secondary …

Disaster Preparedness Focus of Oklahoma City Store

Scott Harper’s hobby is insurance, but not the kind that protects your home, car or health. His insurance is emergency preparedness. And he’s found an opportunity to help other Oklahomans in the metro area get prepared for disasters. “I was …

Tornado-Devastated Oklahoma Town Adopts New Residential Building Codes

City leaders in Moore, Okla., have approved new residential building codes requiring new homes to be built to withstand winds of up to 135 mph, making it the first U.S. city to adopt construction rules aimed at preventing catastrophic tornado …

Front Brings 1,000-Foot Wall of Dust to West Texas

A wall of dust as tall as 1,000 feet and 200 miles wide that roared across parts of West Texas and New Mexico is yet another sign of how rain-starved the region is. National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Aldrich in …

Weather Service in Oklahoma Runs Social Media ‘Tornado Drill’

Melody Holeman has no TV and lives in such a rural part of the Oklahoma Panhandle that she can’t even pick up a signal on the weather radio that the Red Cross gave her. When powerful storms barrel through the …

Only 2 Inspectors Monitor Asbestos-Removal Projects in Iowa

Two inspectors are responsible for making sure thousands of asbestos removal projects are being properly handled in Iowa each year. The Des Moines Register reports that the lack of inspections at asbestos removal projects was highlighted by problems at a …

School Storm Shelter Measure Stalls in Oklahoma House Committee

The author of legislation asking voters to decide whether to fund storm shelters in public schools has failed to get it out of an Oklahoma House committee. Democratic Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs asked the House Rules Committee to …

South Dakota Bill Calls for Amusement Ride Regulation

The president of the Thunder Road attractions is behind a bill to further regulate amusement rides in South Dakota. Organization president and Republican Sen. Al Novstrup of Aberdeen co-sponsored the measure. The South Dakota Commerce Committee voted 6-1 to pass …