Safety & Loss Control News

Texas Insurance Trade Group: Beware of July 4 Driving

Traffic records dating back 30 years continually list July 4 as the deadliest day to travel on our roadways, the Insurance Council of Texas reports. With July 4 landing on a Saturday this year, the mix of summer travel, the …

Judge Won’t Budge on Start of Minnesota Levee Construction

Construction of a ring levee that’s related to a Red River diversion project around the Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., area must remain on hold, a federal judge from Minnesota has ruled. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in May put levee …

U.S. Sues Wisconsin’s Spectrum Brands over Coffee Pot Handles

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is suing Middleton, Wis.-based Spectrum Brands for allegedly failing to report a problem with coffee pot handles that could detach, creating a risk of burns. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Madison. …

Texas Construction Safety Group Gets $2.1M Dividend from Insurer

Workers compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., recently awarded a dividend of $2,159,751 to the Texas Construction Association safety group. The dividend was earned based on the group members’ dedication to making safety a priority in their businesses and therefore keeping …

Storm Shelter Permit Applications Rise in Moore, Oklahoma

Applications to build storm shelters have spiked a month after a tornado touched down in Moore, Okla. Moore spokeswoman Deidre Ebrey says officials there have noticed an increase in the number of people applying for storm shelters since the March …

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 …