Safety & Loss Control News

Workplace Deaths Down in North Dakota Oil Patch

The number of work-related deaths in the North Dakota oil patch in 2015 dropped from the previous year. Occupational Safety and Health Administration data show three such fatalities last year, down from seven in 2014 and 10 in 2013. Eric …

Number of Fire Deaths Fell in Indiana Last Year

The number of deaths caused by fire in Indiana declined by more than 10 percent last year, state officials said. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security recorded 73 fire deaths around the state during 2015, down from 84 such deaths …

Traffic Deaths Increased 13% in Wisconsin in 2015

Wisconsin transportation officials say traffic deaths increased by 13 percent in 2015. The state ended the year with 556 fatalities, up from 494 in 2014. Department of Transportation officials said in a news release that warm spring weather, cheap gas …

Mississippi Floodwaters Head South; Officials Weigh Options

As floodwaters move south along the Mississippi River, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is weighing steps it could take to prevent widespread flooding from southern Missouri down to the Gulf Coast. In Louisiana, the Corps and local levee districts …

Indiana Project to Track License Plates of Overweight Trucks

Indiana highway officials are launching a pilot project to track unpermitted overweight vehicles that can damage highways and bridges. The Indiana Department of Transportation will install license plate-tracking technology along Interstate 94 in northern Indiana’s LaPorte County this year to …

Dollar General Fined Nearly $163K for Texas Worksite Hazards

Dollar General Corp., headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tenn., has been fined by federal safety officials over workplace safety and health hazards at its store in Sherman, Texas. Proposed penalties total $162,800. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued …

Repairs to Hazardous Lewisville Lake Dam in Texas Likely Delayed

Rising water levels will likely delay repairs to a 160-foot-long landslide along the Lewisville Lake dam, a possible threat to the hundreds of thousands of North Texans who live downstream. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said 16 inches of …

Wisconsin Fire Outlook Towers Being Taken Out of Commission

Dozens of towers built mainly in the 1930s and 1940s for spotting forest fires in Wisconsin are being taken out of commission. The cost to maintain, repair or replace the 72 towers currently used throughout the state no longer makes …

Houston Builder Lands Safety Award from Construction Safety Group

Houston-based D.E. Harvey Builders has been honored with the first ever General Contractor Job Site Safety Award from the TX Construction Association Safety Group. The general contractor won the award for its dedication to keeping job sites safe, according to …

Dallas OKs Ordinance Requiring Construction Worker Rest Breaks

The Dallas City Council has approved an ordinance requiring rest breaks for construction workers. It requires contractors to give workers a 10-minute rest break for every four hours of work. Council members approved the ordinance in a 10-5 vote at …