Safety & Loss Control News

Moore Oklahoma Fire Dept. Receives Grant from Fireman’s Fund, Apollo General

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 …

Report: Texas Accounts 40% of U.S. Oil Field Deaths

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 …

Michigan Firm Works to Fight Ice Dam Damage

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 …

Ohio Supreme Court: Landlords Liable for Safety of Tenants’ Guests

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 …

Louisiana Hospital Adds Screens as Protection Against Hurricane Winds

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. …

Oklahoma DPS: December Traffic Fatalities Half That of Previous Year

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 …

Oklahoma Gov. Backs Statewide Vote on School Storm Shelters, Safety Upgrades

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 …

Wisconsin Bill Would Ban Cellphones in Construction Zones

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 …

Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Electronic Citations for Traffic Violations

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 …

Traffic Deaths in Wisconsin Drop by 12% in 2013

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 …