Safety & Loss Control News

Appeals Court Says Ohio County Could Be Liable for Fatal Wreck

An appeals court says a northeastern Ohio county could be liable in the death of a 17-year-old girl who apparently lost control while driving on a road under repair. At issue is the absence of white lines on the rural …

‘Three-Strikes’ Law Proposed for Nursing Homes in Texas

Texas nursing homes that thrice commit egregious oversight offenses could be shuttered under a plan proposed by state lawmakers. The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission recommended the crackdown at its recent meeting in Austin, local media outlets reported. The proposal urges …

Texas Bill Would Delay New Rules on Storing Hazardous Chemicals

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Aug.5 by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast. The …

Insurance Industry Hurricane Tour of Texas Coast to Begin Aug. 18

The insurance industry wants Texas coastal residents to know about hurricane preparedness and insurance coverage for future hurricanes. The information is offered by a contingent of catastrophic weather experts recruited by the Insurance Council of Texas. This group will be making …

Copper Wire Thieves Hit Oklahoma City, Knock Out Street Lights

Oklahoma City police say they’re investigating the largest copper wire heist that’s ever happened in the city. Drivers were left in the dark after thieves cut down copper wires from traffic signals and light poles this past weekend. Police Cpt. …

Texas Shipyard Faces $305K in OSHA Penalties

Texas-based Sterling Shipyard LP has been cited for 16 serious, repeat and failure-to-abate violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for continuing to expose workers to safety hazards, including dangerous machinery, high noise levels without …

Central Texas Home an Example of the Benefits of Building Stronger

A home in Burnet County, Texas, that was picked up and carried 100 yards by a tornado last month, was reinforced according to its owner, Trenton Ashworth. The National Weather System reported that the EF-2 tornado that hit the Texas …

North Dakota Regulator Urges State Monitoring of Oil Trains

North Dakota should employ its own railroad safety inspectors to help the federal government monitor crude oil shipments coming from the state’s booming oil patch, a state regulator said. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said the idea is aimed at …

Quakes Spur Oklahoma Road and Bridge Inspections

The recent spate of strong earthquakes in central Oklahoma hasn’t caused any significant damage to bridges and roads, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The agency said ODOT crews inspect bridges in a five- to 10-mile radius from the …

Ohio Sees Drop in Fatal Motorcycle Crashes

Motorcycle fatalities in Ohio have dropped by 21 percent since 2010, according to state statistics. Statistics show 133 motorcycle fatalities last year; 163 in 2012; 166 in 2011; and 168 in 2010. So far this year there have been 28. …