Safety & Loss Control News

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. …

Federal Oil Well Inspections Lag in Dakotas

Federal oilfield inspectors are hustling to clear a backlog of hundreds of uninspected well sites on public and tribal lands in North Dakota, amid the explosion of drilling activity. The Bureau of Land Management, which oversees drilling on federal land, …

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 …