Safety & Loss Control News

Corps: Flood Protection Plan for Souris River Could Cost Up to $1B

The Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Souris River flood protection project in North Dakota’s Ward County and is accepting public comments through Dec. 22. The Minot Daily News reports that the …

North Dakota Seeks to Increase Safety of Rail-Transported Crude, Adds Inspectors

North Dakota has added another step to help ensure the safety of crude transported by rail with the addition of two inspectors. The inspectors have so far completed a combined 76 inspections covering more than 1,000 miles of the state’s …

New Orleans Plans to Add Almost Twice as Many Traffic Safety Cameras in 2017

The number of traffic safety cameras to catch drivers speeding or running red lights in New Orleans could nearly double next year. The Times-Picayune reports Mayor Mitch Landrieu has proposed adding another 55 such cameras to the 66 already in …

In Safety Push, Texas Troopers Riding School Buses

Some Texas troopers are giving up patrol cars and instead ride school buses in a child safety effort. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the plan is part of National School Bus Safety Week, which began Monday and runs …

Louisiana Chemical Manufacturer Fined $92.6K for Serious Safety Violations

Federal safety officials have cited a Louisiana chemical manufacturer for nine serious and two other violations, and issued fines of more than $92,000. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Baton Rouge Area Office cited PPG Industries for …

Citing Safety, Louisiana Transportation Agency Plans More Roundabouts

Louisiana’s transportation department has kicked off an ad campaign touting the safety benefits of the roundabout, those traffic circles that are cropping up more and more in the state. The three-week safety campaign began Monday and runs through Oct. 28. …

OSHA: 36 Workers Have Died on the Job in Illinois This Year

Federal safety regulators say 36 Illinois workers have died on the job since Jan. 1, 2016. That number represents an average of one life lost each week in the state. Since 2013, Illinois worker deaths have increased 28 percent. Struck-by hazards and falls in construction …

Rail Lines in Minnesota Getting Automatic Braking Technology

New safety technology that may have prevented last week’s deadly train crash in New Jersey is being implemented along some rail lines in Minnesota and elsewhere. The new technology, known as positive train control, is designed to automatically slow or …

North Dakota Nonprofit to Open $6M Heavy Equipment Safety Training Facility

The North Dakota Safety Council is beginning construction on a nearly 23,500-square-foot, hands-on heavy equipment safety training facility in Bismarck. The Bismarck Tribune reported that until now, companies have had to send workers to other states, such as Texas, for …

Study: Arkansas Roads, Bridges Need $750M in Repairs

The aging transportation infrastructure in Arkansas needs $750 million to make critical repairs, according to a recent study that identified bridges in danger of collapse and once-paved roads that have been reduced to gravel paths. County judges, legislators and advocacy …