Insurance Journal » Safety & Loss Control http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:58:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Arkansas Kicks Off $2B Highway Improvement Program http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/04/17/326795.htm Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:36:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326795 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 …

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Audit: Louisiana Needs to Improve Record of Bridge Inspections http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/04/08/325790.htm Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:24:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325790 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 …

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Iowa Seeking to Reduce Fatal Crashes on Rural Roads http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/03/325441.htm Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:04:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325441 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 …

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Disaster Preparedness Focus of Oklahoma City Store http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/28/324715.htm Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:35:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324715 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 …

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Tornado-Devastated Oklahoma Town Adopts New Residential Building Codes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/19/323734.htm Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:55:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323734 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 …

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Front Brings 1,000-Foot Wall of Dust to West Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/14/323363.htm Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:20:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323363 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 …

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Weather Service in Oklahoma Runs Social Media ‘Tornado Drill’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/13/323209.htm Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:09:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323209 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 …

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Only 2 Inspectors Monitor Asbestos-Removal Projects in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/04/322168.htm Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:13:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322168 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 …

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School Storm Shelter Measure Stalls in Oklahoma House Committee http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/28/321867.htm Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:38:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321867 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 …

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South Dakota Bill Calls for Amusement Ride Regulation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/26/321592.htm Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:35:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321592 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 …

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Moore Oklahoma Fire Dept. Receives Grant from Fireman’s Fund, Apollo General http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/26/321579.htm Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:22:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321579 The Moore, Okla., Fire Department has received a special $10,869 grant from Apollo General Insurance and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. In the aftermath of the EF5 tornado that tore through Oklahoma, the Moore firefighters had their work cut out for …

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Report: Texas Accounts 40% of U.S. Oil Field Deaths http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/24/321413.htm Tue, 25 Feb 2014 02:30:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321413 Texas accounted for about 40 percent of the 663 workers the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said were killed nationwide in oil field-related industries between 2007 and 2012, according to a Houston Chronicle investigation that looked into safety records in …

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Michigan Firm Works to Fight Ice Dam Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/19/320933.htm Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:32:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320933 Workers at a small company in Belding, Mich., are working long hours in an effort to meet the demand of homeowners who want to keep ice dams from damaging their roofs. KMI Inc.’s 65 employees manufacture patented 3-inch calcium chloride …

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Ohio Supreme Court: Landlords Liable for Safety of Tenants’ Guests http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/13/320460.htm Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:28:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320460 The Ohio Supreme Court has found that landlords must provide a safe environment to guests of their tenants. The unanimous decision resolves a conflict in two lower appeals courts that reached different conclusions in similar cases. The Feb. 12 decision …

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Louisiana Hospital Adds Screens as Protection Against Hurricane Winds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/10/320020.htm Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:27:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320020 West Jefferson Medical Center in Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish is working on what hospital officials describe as a hurricane-hardening project to secure its windows. New Orleans CityBusiness reports the work is part of a series of upgrades underway at the hospital. …

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Oklahoma DPS: December Traffic Fatalities Half That of Previous Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/02/319150.htm Mon, 03 Feb 2014 03:40:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319150 The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says there were half as many fatalities in December 2013 verse the same month the previous year. There were 33 fatalities on Oklahoma roadways in December 2013 compared to 66 in December 2012. The …

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Oklahoma Gov. Backs Statewide Vote on School Storm Shelters, Safety Upgrades http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/01/30/318987.htm Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:17:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318987 Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin endorsed a proposal that would enable voters to weigh in on efforts to improve school safety and grant school districts a one-time increase in local bond limits to pay for storm shelters, safe rooms or other …

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Wisconsin Bill Would Ban Cellphones in Construction Zones http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/29/318756.htm Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:23:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318756 A bill that would prohibit drivers from talking on their cellphones while in a construction zone is moving forward in the Wisconsin state Legislature. The Republican-sponsored measure cleared a Senate committee earlier this month. The ban would only be in …

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Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Electronic Citations for Traffic Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/01/27/318429.htm Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:30:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318429 An Oklahoma state senator has filed a bill to allow law enforcement officers to issue electronic citations for traffic, misdemeanor and municipal ordinance violations. A former police officer, Sen. Al McAffrey, said Senate Bill 1872 would protect law enforcement personnel …

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Traffic Deaths in Wisconsin Drop by 12% in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/17/317577.htm Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:32:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317577 Traffic deaths in Wisconsin fell 12 percent last year, a drop that state transportation officials partly credit to safety and awareness programs that resonate with younger drivers. There were 530 road fatalities last year, down from 601 road deaths the …

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Oklahoma Lawmaker Files Bill to Fund School Storm Shelters http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/01/17/317569.htm Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:12:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317569 An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed legislation that would ask voters to decide whether to fund storm shelters in public schools. The measure was filed by Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs, a Democratic candidate for governor. It is similar to …

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Improvements Planned for Flood Walls in Grand Rapids, Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/14/317088.htm Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:20:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317088 Grand Rapids, Mich., plans to spend $4.2 million to repair and improve its floodwall system, after engineers identified weaknesses exposed by a storm last spring that flooded the Grand River threatened to swamp the city. The river came close to …

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Over $9.4M in Safety Rebates Awarded by Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/19/315013.htm Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:04:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315013 The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced that thousands of Ohio employers are receiving more than $9.4 million in savings for their participation in one of 78 safety councils sponsored by BWC’s Division of Safety and Hygiene. Safety Councils …

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Houston-Based Manufacturer Fined Nearly $200K for Safety Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/12/16/314601.htm Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:52:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=314601 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Piping Technology and Products Inc. in Houston for four repeat and three serious violations after a worker was injured in June from being struck by a broken die …

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Guidance System Shows Promise of Safer Landings for Gulf Rig Pilots http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/12/16/314566.htm Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:49:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=314566 Imagine zooming from 200 feet in the sky onto a small green circle in the middle of a vast, dark ocean. Louisiana helicopter pilots do it daily, carrying workers to and from offshore oil rigs. It often takes more than …

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Local Gas Drilling Laws Get a Key Airing in Ohio http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/03/312840.htm Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:32:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312840 A closely watched lawsuit in Ohio is asking a question that’s burning in cities and towns throughout shale country: Can regulations in states eager for the jobs and tax revenues that come with gas and oil drilling trump local restrictions …

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Hogs Damaging Levees in Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/11/26/312295.htm Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:25:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312295 Feral hogs in Louisiana are rooting up levees on Jefferson Parish’s west bank, causing damage that could pose a threat to flood protection, officials say. The west bank levee board has enlisted the help of the U.S. Agriculture Department determine …

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Indiana Students Develop Plans to Fight Nature’s Fury http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/13/310973.htm Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:58:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310973 Jerzie Eagle and Liesl Elkin pointed to their topography map that showed the eight acres of flood-prone land around Carter and Murden streets in Kokomo, Ind. This is where their arboretum will go once the city tears down the homes …

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Minnesota Roads Breaking Down Faster than Expected http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/04/310208.htm Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:14:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310208 Minnesota road surfaces that were supposed to last for 30 years are beginning to crumble in half that time, raising concerns that cities could have to spend millions of dollars to fix deteriorating streets. The state made changes in blacktop …

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UPS Driver in Michigan Works 51 Years, No Crashes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/01/310110.htm Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:43:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310110 UPS driver Tom Camp from Livonia, Mich., and his big, brown truck have done something no other UPS driver has accomplished: 51 years without an accident. That’s after an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 miles on the road in metro Detroit, …

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