Insurance Journal » Safety & Loss Control http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:55:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 Ohio Company Faces $235K in Fines for Health Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/13/378509.htm Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:56:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378509 A North Lima, Ohio-based ambulance company faces penalties totaling $235,800 for 14 alleged workplace health and safety violations, according to federal safety officials. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration said an investigation found that Lifefleet LLC …

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$1M in Jewelry, Gems Stolen from Antique Show in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/11/378107.htm Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:15:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378107 A vendor reported more than $1 million worth of jewelry and gems stolen during a weekend antique show in Peoria, Ill., according to police. The theft was reported Aug. 9 after the reopening of the Mid America Antique Show and …

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Ohio Steel Company Fined $162K for Workplace Hazards http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/10/378034.htm Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:51:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378034 Federal safety officials have proposed penalties totaling $162,400 against an Ohio-based steel manufacturer for exposing workers to workplace hazards. While Republic Steel has made a significant investment in personnel, training and safety improvements, workers are still exposed to serious fall and chemical …

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Lafayette, Louisiana Officials Mull Insurance, Regulations for Uber http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/08/06/377748.htm Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16:38:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377748 The Lafayette City-Parish Council is considering new regulations to require Uber and similar companies to do regular background checks on contract drivers, inspect vehicles and carry insurance above and beyond what state law requires for drivers. The Advocate reports the …

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Texas DPS Takes 1.7K Commercial Vehicles Out of Service http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/07/31/377049.htm Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:24:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377049 The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said during its inspection of 7,865 commercial motor vehicles in June it pulled approximately 21.7 percent, or 1,710, of the 18-wheelers, buses and other commercial vehicles inspected out of service for a variety …

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Fed Up with Crummy Streets, Detroit-Area Residents Patch Potholes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/29/376766.htm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:28:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376766 Some Detroit-area residents fed up with the crummy condition of certain streets are taking matters into their own hands. Volunteers with the recently started Hamtramck Guerrilla Road Repair effort started filling in potholes July 25 on one roadway and they …

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Indiana School to Build Tornado Safe Room with $1.6M Grant http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/28/376554.htm Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:40:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376554 Federal officials have awarded a southern Indiana school district $1.6 million to build a tornado safe room at an elementary school. The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow Salem Community Schools to add the safe room at …

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Study: Lawrence Area a Hotspot for Kansas Turnpike Accidents http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/28/376544.htm Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:06:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376544 Six of the nine most accident-prone spots along the Kansas Turnpike are in the Lawrence area, according to a study compiled for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. Two of the other accident hotspots along the 236-mile turnpike were in the I-70 …

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Groups Divided Over Lax ATV Safety Laws in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/27/376417.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:12:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376417 Illinois has some of the least-restrictive laws regulating all-terrain vehicles, and enthusiasts and consumer advocates are divided about how to make the popular sport safer. The Chicago Tribune reports that July and August are the deadliest months for ATV accidents. …

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Texas Flood Responders Being Trained in Drone Technology http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/07/27/376406.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:58:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376406 Drone technology training is part of a Texas A&M University seminar for emergency responders dealing with deadly flooding like the disastrous May storms. The 2015 Summer Institute on Flooding takes place at A&M’s Riverside campus in Bryan. Memorial Day weekend flooding in …

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Indiana Now Requires Scooter Registration; Thousands Comply http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/27/376401.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:53:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376401 Thousands of motor-driven cycles, the vast majority mopeds and scooters, have been registered with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles since a new law went into effect in January that placed more stringent requirements on riders of two-wheel vehicles. Until …

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Lincoln, Nebraska Considering Ban on ‘Flying Bags of Fire’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/27/376397.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:50:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376397 The Lincoln, Neb., City Council will consider a proposal to ban flying lanterns — or what Public Safety Director Tom Casady calls “flying bags of fire.” Councilman Roy Christensen proposed the ban, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Bill Moody, the …

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Dozens of Minnesota Rail Bridges Found to Be Structurally Deficient http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/24/376268.htm Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:24:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376268 About one in five railroad bridges that pass over Minnesota roadways are structurally deficient, according to state and local inspections last year. Railroad bridges are in worse condition than road bridges, with just over 10 percent of the state’s highway …

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Oklahoma Town OKs Rules Restricting Oil, Gas Drilling in City http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/07/23/376167.htm Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:37:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376167 Leaders in Stillwater, Okla., approved new rules for oil and gas drilling within the city to the disappointment of industry representatives. A.J. Ferate, vice president of regulatory affairs at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, said the City Council’s approval of …

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Fatalities Increase, Seat Belt Use Decreases in 2015 in NW Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/21/375928.htm Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:31:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375928 Northwest Missouri has seen a rise in fatal wrecks, and authorities are alarmed because most of the victims weren’t wearing seat belts. A Missouri State Highway Patrol troop for the area reports a 54 percent increase in vehicle fatalities for …

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Golf Carts Being Allowed on Streets in More Small Towns in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/21/375926.htm Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:29:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375926 It’s not unusual to see residents zipping around on golf carts in many small Illinois communities, as local officials increasingly adopt ordinances to accommodate the popular vehicles. Golf carts are getting the green light as an alternative to cars and …

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Texas-Based Whataburger Says ‘No’ to Open Carry http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/07/13/374825.htm Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:14:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374825 An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants will likely take the same stand against a new state law legalizing the practice in many public places. …

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Stricter Teen Driving Laws Now in Effect in Ohio http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/07/374069.htm Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374069 Ohio’s teen drivers under the age of 18 will face tighter restrictions went into effect on July 1, an Ohio insurance trade group reported. According to the Ohio Insurance Institute, the new restrictions focus on limiting the number of passengers …

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Texas Insurance Trade Group: Beware of July 4 Driving http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/07/02/374040.htm Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:43:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374040 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 …

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Judge Won’t Budge on Start of Minnesota Levee Construction http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/26/373227.htm Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:25:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373227 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 …

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U.S. Sues Wisconsin’s Spectrum Brands over Coffee Pot Handles http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/19/372451.htm Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:18:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372451 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. …

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Texas Construction Safety Group Gets $2.1M Dividend from Insurer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/13/368082.htm Wed, 13 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368082 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 …

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Storm Shelter Permit Applications Rise in Moore, Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/28/365815.htm Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:44:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365815 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 …

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Home Builders Safety Group Earns $117,226 Texas Mutual Dividend http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/17/364869.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:13:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364869 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 …

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Approval of New Orleans East Levees a Good Sign for Flood Insurance Rates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/17/364857.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:49:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364857 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 …

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$26.2M Flood Mitigation Grant Approved for Burlington, Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/16/364708.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:33:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364708 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 …

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South Dakota Sees Uptick in Un-Belted Driver Deaths http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/16/364697.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:20:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364697 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 …

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Soil Shifts Lead to Speed Bumps on 85 mph Highway in Central Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/07/363571.htm Tue, 07 Apr 2015 23:54:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363571 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 …

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Sheriff: New Orleans Airport Attacker Had Machete, Explosives http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/23/361727.htm Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:29:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361727 A machete-wielding attacker who died hours after being shot by a sheriff’s deputy who stopped his rampage at New Orleans’ international airport had a bag loaded with Molotov cocktails, authorities say. Richard White, 63, was shot on March 20 as …

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Nebraska Lawmakers to Vote on Helmet Law Repeal http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/23/361712.htm Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:22:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361712 A push to repeal Nebraska’s motorcycle helmet law is going to a vote in the Legislature despite opposition from senators who say the requirement saves lives. The repeal measure would lift Nebraska’s restriction on motorcycle helmets for riders who are at …

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