Safety & Loss Control News

Church Mutual, Insight Worldwide Partner on Pre-Employment Screening

Merrill, Wis.-based Church Mutual Insurance Co. announced it has partnered with Insight Worldwide to offer access to pre-employment screening for those who hire employees at senior living communities. Pre-screening applicants before engaging in an employment agreement helps ensure that new …

Indiana Mom Seeks Helmet, Safety Law After Daughter’s ATV Death

The mother of an Indiana girl who died in an all-terrain vehicle crash has started a nonprofit foundation in partnership with state lawmakers to draft a helmet law and mandatory safety education for children who ride ATVs. The Indianapolis Star …

Arkansas Emergency Official Likes FEMA’s Disaster Deductible Proposal

Arkansas’ emergency management director said he favors a proposal from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that gives states disaster “deductibles” as an incentive for the state to be better prepared for natural disasters. FEMA’s proposal would give states deductibles to …

NBA’s Thunder Among Groups Opposing Oklahoma Gun Bills

Firearms bills to allow most Oklahoma adults to openly carry guns without any training or background checks have led to a showdown in Oklahoma between supporters of expanded gun rights and the state’s business community, including the NBA’s Oklahoma City …

Motorcycle Helmet Repeal Bill Defeated in Louisiana House

A bid to repeal Louisiana’s motorcycle helmet requirement narrowly failed in the state House. House Bill 337 fell shy of the 53 votes needed to advance to the Senate for consideration. Lawmakers voted 49-46 in support of the measure. Rep. …

FEMA Denies Request for Levee Repairs in Grand Isle, Louisiana

Grand Isle, La., officials have been met with another setback as they try to determine how to rebuild their first-line storm defense. The town’s levees were torn up again by heavy storms three weeks ago. WVUE reports the Federal Emergency …

Minot Acquiring Flood Protection Properties

Minot, N.D., has acquired more than 60 percent of the properties needed for a flood protection project that will begin construction next year. Finance Director Cindy Hemphill tells the Minot Daily News that the city has bought out 99 properties …

Fire Warning Covers more than Half of Oklahoma’s Counties

More than half the counties in Oklahoma are under a red flag warning as extreme fire conditions are expected through today. Oklahoma Forestry Services officials say the warning affects 44 counties — particularly in northwestern Oklahoma, where some wind gusts …

Groups Push for Texting-While-Driving Ban in Missouri

Law enforcement, health care, insurance and transportation groups are urging Missouri lawmakers to ban texting while driving. A House panel heard testimony on three bills that would make it an infraction for a driver to read or send text messages …

5th Annual National Tornado Summit Turning into an International Event

With registered attendees from as far away as Nepal and as nearby as Canada, the 2016 National Tornado Summit to be held next week in Oklahoma City has become an international event. The Oklahoma Department of Insurance, one of the …