Safety & Loss Control News

Number of Defective School Buses in Missouri Rising

The percentage of school buses failing state inspections is on the rise in Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says slightly fewer than 85 percent of the roughly 12,000 school buses it inspected this year were initially approved. That’s the …

Backers of Oklahoma School Storm Shelters not Giving Up

It’s been a little more than a year since seven children were killed when a massive tornado destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, but their families are still no closer to the goal of placing storm shelters in every …

Farmers Insurance, Nonprofit, Team Up on Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma

As storm season ramps up in Oklahoma, a nonprofit group formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is teaming with a national insurance company to help better prepare communities for the recovery after a natural disaster. The St. Bernard Project …

Report: Guidelines, with Waivers, Used in Building New Orleans Levee System

A new report finds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the New Orleans area levee system with appropriate guidelines and was generally justified when it sought waivers from those guidelines. The Advocate reports the Water Institute of the Gulf …

Louisiana Bill Would Establish State Elevator Inspection System

Louisiana doesn’t require regular safety inspections of elevators, and while some municipalities have set their own regulations, most parishes are without those rules. A bid to put Louisiana in line with other states that require annual checkups to make sure …

Safety Laws Still Lacking a Year After Texas Plant Blast

It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers in buildings without sprinklers and …

Arkansas Kicks Off $2B Highway Improvement Program

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 …

Audit: Louisiana Needs to Improve Record of Bridge Inspections

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 …

Iowa Seeking to Reduce Fatal Crashes on Rural Roads

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 …

Disaster Preparedness Focus of Oklahoma City Store

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 …