Safety & Loss Control News

North Dakota Town, BNSF Railway Reach Deal on Train Speeds

Train speeds were to begin increasing through Devils Lake, N.D., on Nov. 5 under a deal between the city and BNSF Railway that also calls for safety upgrades. The railroad last summer informed the city that it planned to double …

Texas Workers’ Comp Division Seeks Presenters for Safety Summit

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is seeking presenters for its 19th Annual Workplace Safety and Health Conference, the Texas Safety Summit, which will be held in Austin on May 19-21, 2015. The statewide conference is open to all segments …

Illinois Landowners Suing State over Fracking Permit Delay

Southern Illinois landowners are suing the state for failing to implement hydraulic fracturing, calling the long-running process for adopting rules governing the oil and gas extraction method tantamount to illegal government seizure of property already leased to developers. The lawsuit, …

University Presidents Oppose Push for Guns on Campuses in Oklahoma

Allowing more students and faculty at colleges and universities to carry guns on campus would be a serious mistake and jeopardize the public’s safety, the University of Oklahoma president told members of a state legislative committee. David Boren was among …

Police: Fired Oklahoma Man Beheads Co-Worker, Attacks Another

A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives on Sept. 27. Alton …

Oklahoma Legislature Urged to Boost Nursing Home Staffing Rules

A Seminole woman pleaded with Oklahoma state lawmakers recently to “demand changes in the staffing and other requirements of our state’s long-term care facilities.” “We tried to do precisely that earlier this year, but the Republicans blocked it,” said Rep. …

Ohio Utility Hopes to Deter Metal Thieves with New Fencing, Cameras

A major electricity provider in northeast Ohio is installing special security fencing and thermal-imaging cameras at some substations to keep out would-be metal thieves. Akron-based FirstEnergy is spending $15 million this year on such efforts to strength security at substations …

$1.6M in Preparedness Grants Go to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Emergency management agencies in five states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency announced. In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and …

South Dakota’s Brown County Gets $150K Grant for New Floodgate

Brown County is receiving more than $150,000 in grant funding to help install a new floodgate where Crow Creek meets the James River. The American News in Aberdeen reports that Brown County has been planning for several years to replace …

Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones While Driving Banned in Austin

The Austin, Texas, City Council has approved a law banning the use of hand-held cellphones and many other portable electronic devices while driving. The Austin American-Statesman reports the city council approved the law on Aug. 28. It takes effect Jan. …