Safety & Loss Control News

Friend or Foe? Texas Open-Carry Law a Challenge for Police

Gun-rights activists, some of them wearing camouflage and military-style gear and openly toting rifles and handguns, marched alongside the hundreds of people who flocked to downtown Dallas last week to protest police shootings of blacks. Their presence was part of …

Social Services Safety Group Gets $867K Texas Mutual Dividend

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. has awarded a dividend of $866,958 to the Social Services Agencies of Texas workers’ compensation safety group. The dividend was earned based on the group members’ dedication to making safety a priority in their businesses and …

SFM Mutual Insurance Acquires Minnesota’s Barrier Free Access

SFM Mutual Insurance Co., a Midwest regional workers’ compensation insurer, has acquired Barrier Free Access, a Byron, Minn.-based provider of safe patient handling products, design consultation and training to medical facilities throughout the Upper Midwest. Through selling and training on …

Michigan Packaging Company Fined Nearly $250K for Safety Violations

The state says a packaging company in suburban Detroit is being fined nearly $250,000 for alleged worker safety violations. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the fines for AJM Packaging’s plant in Southgate. MIOSHA’s General Industry Safety and …

North Dakota Adopts Rules Aimed at Oil Industry Spill Reduction

North Dakota regulators have adopted new rules aimed at reducing spills by the oil industry. The state Industrial Commission approved rules that included bonding and increased inspections on pipelines. Another new rule requires berms to be built around a well …

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. …