Safety & Loss Control News

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 …

Texas Manufacturer Faces $99K in Penalties Over Workplace Hazards

A Texas-based pre-cast concrete structure manufacturer has been cited by federal safety officials for 17 repeat, serious workplace safety violations and faces penalties totaling $99, 248. The Turner Company LLP was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on …

4 Months of Hand-Held Speed Cameras Generate $630K for Ohio City

Toledo, Ohio, collected almost $630,000 during its first four months of using hand-held cameras to catch speeding drivers, providing a financial boost to a city facing budget troubles. The program was expected to generate $800,000 in a year but is …

Friend or Foe? Texas Open-Carry Law a Challenge for Police

Gun-rights activists, some of them wearing camouflage and military-style gear and openly toting rifles and handguns, marched alongside the hundreds of people who flocked to downtown Dallas last week to protest police shootings of blacks. Their presence was part of …

Social Services Safety Group Gets $867K Texas Mutual Dividend

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. has awarded a dividend of $866,958 to the Social Services Agencies of Texas workers’ compensation safety group. The dividend was earned based on the group members’ dedication to making safety a priority in their businesses and …

SFM Mutual Insurance Acquires Minnesota’s Barrier Free Access

SFM Mutual Insurance Co., a Midwest regional workers’ compensation insurer, has acquired Barrier Free Access, a Byron, Minn.-based provider of safe patient handling products, design consultation and training to medical facilities throughout the Upper Midwest. Through selling and training on …

Michigan Packaging Company Fined Nearly $250K for Safety Violations

The state says a packaging company in suburban Detroit is being fined nearly $250,000 for alleged worker safety violations. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the fines for AJM Packaging’s plant in Southgate. MIOSHA’s General Industry Safety and …