Safety & Loss Control News

Golf Carts Being Allowed on Streets in More Small Towns in Illinois

It’s not unusual to see residents zipping around on golf carts in many small Illinois communities, as local officials increasingly adopt ordinances to accommodate the popular vehicles. Golf carts are getting the green light as an alternative to cars and …

Texas-Based Whataburger Says ‘No’ to Open Carry

An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants will likely take the same stand against a new state law legalizing the practice in many public places. …

Stricter Teen Driving Laws Now in Effect in Ohio

Ohio’s teen drivers under the age of 18 will face tighter restrictions went into effect on July 1, an Ohio insurance trade group reported. According to the Ohio Insurance Institute, the new restrictions focus on limiting the number of passengers …

Texas Insurance Trade Group: Beware of July 4 Driving

Traffic records dating back 30 years continually list July 4 as the deadliest day to travel on our roadways, the Insurance Council of Texas reports. With July 4 landing on a Saturday this year, the mix of summer travel, the …

Judge Won’t Budge on Start of Minnesota Levee Construction

Construction of a ring levee that’s related to a Red River diversion project around the Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., area must remain on hold, a federal judge from Minnesota has ruled. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in May put levee …

U.S. Sues Wisconsin’s Spectrum Brands over Coffee Pot Handles

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is suing Middleton, Wis.-based Spectrum Brands for allegedly failing to report a problem with coffee pot handles that could detach, creating a risk of burns. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Madison. …

Texas Construction Safety Group Gets $2.1M Dividend from Insurer

Workers compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., recently awarded a dividend of $2,159,751 to the Texas Construction Association safety group. The dividend was earned based on the group members’ dedication to making safety a priority in their businesses and therefore keeping …

Storm Shelter Permit Applications Rise in Moore, Oklahoma

Applications to build storm shelters have spiked a month after a tornado touched down in Moore, Okla. Moore spokeswoman Deidre Ebrey says officials there have noticed an increase in the number of people applying for storm shelters since the March …

Home Builders Safety Group Earns $117,226 Texas Mutual Dividend

Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Co. announced it awarded a dividend of $117,226 to the Texas Home Builders (THB) safety group. The dividend was earned based on the group members’ dedication to making safety a priority in their businesses and therefore …

Approval of New Orleans East Levees a Good Sign for Flood Insurance Rates

Levee officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency has certified non-federal levees in New Orleans East, a step which should help spur economic development in a part of the city lagging in its comeback from Hurricane Katrina. FEMA officials certified …