Safety & Loss Control News

Texas Judge Upholds Ban on Guns in Waller County Courthouse

A judge’s ruling that upholds Waller County’s ban on guns in its courthouse keeps the southeast Texas county at odds with the state attorney general. State District Judge Albert McCaig Jr. ruled this week in a lawsuit by a gun …

4,000 Businesses Earn $3M in Texas Mutual Early Qualifier Dividends

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. has paid more than $3 million in early qualifier dividends to approximately 4,000 newer policyholders across the state. The payout is the final component of the workers’ compensation insurer’s $240 million dividend distribution in 2016. The …

Oklahoma Commissioner to Ride Along with Troopers to Stress Highway Safety

The Oklahoma Insurance Department announced that Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak will ride along with Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) troopers to raise awareness of highway safety laws. Commissioner Doak wants to make sure drivers are moving over for emergency vehicles, …

Texas DOT: Hazardous Chemical Routes in Houston Unchanged in 20 Years

Texas Department of Transportation records show no highway routes designated for transport of hazardous chemicals in the Houston area have been updated over the past 20 years and government officials appear befuddled over who has the authority to do so, …

Corps: Flood Protection Plan for Souris River Could Cost Up to $1B

The Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Souris River flood protection project in North Dakota’s Ward County and is accepting public comments through Dec. 22. The Minot Daily News reports that the …

North Dakota Seeks to Increase Safety of Rail-Transported Crude, Adds Inspectors

North Dakota has added another step to help ensure the safety of crude transported by rail with the addition of two inspectors. The inspectors have so far completed a combined 76 inspections covering more than 1,000 miles of the state’s …

New Orleans Plans to Add Almost Twice as Many Traffic Safety Cameras in 2017

The number of traffic safety cameras to catch drivers speeding or running red lights in New Orleans could nearly double next year. The Times-Picayune reports Mayor Mitch Landrieu has proposed adding another 55 such cameras to the 66 already in …

In Safety Push, Texas Troopers Riding School Buses

Some Texas troopers are giving up patrol cars and instead ride school buses in a child safety effort. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the plan is part of National School Bus Safety Week, which began Monday and runs …

Louisiana Chemical Manufacturer Fined $92.6K for Serious Safety Violations

Federal safety officials have cited a Louisiana chemical manufacturer for nine serious and two other violations, and issued fines of more than $92,000. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Baton Rouge Area Office cited PPG Industries for …

Citing Safety, Louisiana Transportation Agency Plans More Roundabouts

Louisiana’s transportation department has kicked off an ad campaign touting the safety benefits of the roundabout, those traffic circles that are cropping up more and more in the state. The three-week safety campaign began Monday and runs through Oct. 28. …