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Committee Advances Bill To Increase Wyoming Workplace Safety Fines

A bill to increase penalties against Wyoming employers when safety violations result in worker fatalities has cleared its first hearing. The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee on Wednesday recommended approval of the bill. Wyoming long has been among …

Washington Company Fined $199K After Worker Death

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined an Everett company $199,000 for 16 safety violations related to the death of a worker last July. Nineteen-year-old Bradley Hogue was killed by a rotating auger while working inside the hopper of …

More Uninsured Drivers Likely To Be Towed Under New Utah Law

Uninsured drivers on Utah roadways can expect to have their cars impounded on the spot under a new law that took effect Thursday. Utah police have had the option to pull over an uninsured driver and impound their car since 2008, …

North Dakota Officials Reviewing Safety on US Highway 85

North Dakota’s Transportation Department and Highway Patrol say efforts are being made to increase safety on the major north-south artery in the western oil patch. There have been 25 traffic crash fatalities on the U.S. Highway 85 corridor in the …

Washington Fines Fireworks Company for Safety Problems

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries has fined a fireworks plant $1,200 for safety violations after investigating a fatal explosion this past June. Entertainment Fireworks produces professional fireworks shows around the region. A 75-year-old man died of his …

Most Popular Insurance Journal West Stories of 2014

The year’s most popular InsuranceJournal.com news stories in the West ranged from the tragic to the silly and from matters of great importance to the industry to the ongoing saga of innovative-yet-controversial ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. With an understanding that stories appearing …

Safety Of Guardrails Questioned by Kansas, Missouri

Missouri and Kansas transportation officials have suspended installations of a guardrail system after concerns that parts of the guardrails break off on impact and run through vehicles, causing injuries to drivers and passengers. The two states are among 40 that …

New App in Illinois Aimed at Reducing Deaths in Grain Bins

A new app could help reduce the number of fatal grain bin entrapments that occur in Illinois. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois teamed up to create an app that will locate the …

Oregon State Warned About Building in Tsunami Zone

Oregon’s state geologist urged Oregon State University not to put a marine studies building in a tsunami zone south of Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge – or at least build it to withstand waves as high as 43 feet. The school, however, …

Wyoming Workplace Fatality Bill Endorsed by Lawmakers

Lawmakers have  advanced a proposal that would sharply increase penalties when employee deaths occur because of safety violations at large companies in Wyoming, which has long been among the top states for workplace deaths. Members of the Joint Labor, Health and …