Safety & Loss Control News

Purdue Univ.: U.S. Grain Bin Entrapments Fall to Lowest Level in Decade

Grain bin entrapments and other confined space accidents on the nation’s farms fell to their lowest level in a decade last year, a Purdue University study has found. The U.S. had 47 accidents in grain bins or other confined spaces …

Missouri Senators Debate Government Role in Road Safety

Bills governing seat belt use, texting while driving and helmet requirements for motorcyclists prompted debate in a Missouri Senate committee over whether the government should play a larger role in road safety. Two bills — one sponsored by Republican Sen. …

Arkansas Aims to Cut Wrong-Way Crashes with $2.8M in Improvements

Arkansas highway officials have initiated $2.8 million in improvements with a focus on reducing wrong-way crashes on the state freeway system. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the effort is designed to address the problem of motorists entering freeways in the …

Fire Danger Elevated in Southern California

Southern California is in for another day of increased fire danger as gusty Santa Ana winds and unseasonably warm temperatures bring down humidity levels. The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for large swaths of Los Angeles and Ventura …

Lawmakers Seek Ways to Improve Amish Safety on Wisconsin Roads

Amish safety on Wisconsin roads needs to be addressed in the wake of recent fatal buggy crashes, according to a state lawmaker. Republican State Rep. Bob Kulp of Stratford hopes the Amish communities in Wisconsin would be open to a …

Study: Guardrails Along Canals in Jefferson Parish Would Cost Millions

An engineering study finds it would cost at least $100 million to install enough barriers to prevent cars from veering into any of the uncovered drainage canals on the east bank of Jefferson Parish in Louisiana. The New Orleans Advocate …

Oklahoma Bill Would Require Use of Hazard Lights in School Zones

Legislation filed by a lawmaker in Oklahoma would increase school safety by requiring the use of hazard lights in school zones. According to the Transportation Research Board, more than 100 children are killed and nearly 25,000 injured every year while …

Dozens of Dangerous Texas Chemical Plants Operate near Public Centers: Report

Dozens of Texas plants similar to a fertilizer facility that exploded in the town of West in 2013, one of Texas’ worst industrial accidents, are still operating near schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods, federal regulators say. A report released by …

Frozen Seafood Distributor Faces $115K for Safety Violations in Texas

Named a “severe violator” by federal safety officials, a frozen seafood distributor operating a plant in Brownsville, Texas, has been hit with $155,000 in fines over workplace safety hazards. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations for 11 …

Texas Flooring Company Fined Nearly $67K After Worker Falls

Federal safety regulators cited a Texas flooring company for workplace hazards after a worker required hospitalization due to workplace injuries. Subfloor Systems Inc. of Hurst, Texas, was fined $66,990 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker fell …