safety News

Shortcomings of Houston Fire Department Exposed by Harvey

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena says he already sees where he could have done things differently during Hurricane Harvey, including calling in about 500 extra firefighters, as an internal review of his department’s response to the storm’s floods is underway. …

Michigan Will Take Part in Public Safety Broadband Network

Michigan is opting into a national public safety broadband network. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley recently signed a letter for Michigan to participate in the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet. FirstNet, in partnership with AT&T, will build, operate and …

Rhode Island Parade Organizers Probe Accident at Oldest July 4th Fest

The committee that organizes the nation’s oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration says it’s trying to figure out how a woman was struck by a parade float and wants to prevent future accidents. The crash occurred Tuesday in Bristol, R.I. …

Swimming Pool Deaths Highlight Overlooked Insurance Need

This post is part of a series sponsored by PersonalUmbrella.com We all know the dangers that lurk around swimming pools and encourage our insureds to do their very best to protect themselves and their loved ones. Sadly, even with the …

Regulator Fines Contractor Following Oregon Bridge Incident

A contractor has been fined nearly $200,000 for violations discovered after two workers were injured in a mishap on Portland, Ore.’s Ross Island Bridge. Oregon OSHA announced the penalty Monday, following an investigation that found nine safety violations. One of …

Oil Tank Blast in Colorado Kills Worker, Safety Questions Follow

An oil tank explosion in northern Colorado killed a worker and burned three others, shooting up flames just miles away from an unrelated gas blast last month and prompting fresh questions about safety in one of Colorado’s largest industries – …

National Transportation Safety Board Joins Inquiry into Colorado Gas Explosion

The National Transportation Safety Board has joined the investigation into a fatal Colorado house explosion blamed on unrefined natural gas flowing from a severed pipeline. The Longmont Times-Call reported the agency got involved because pipelines are considered transportation and because …

Washington Tunnel Collapse Renews Safety Concerns over Nuclear Site

Thousands of workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation were told to stay home as efforts began to plug a hole that developed in the partial collapse of a tunnel containing dangerous radioactive waste from the building of nuclear bomb materials. …

Only 3 to Check Safety on Colorado Pipelines from Thousands of Wells

State records show Colorado has only three people assigned to check on the safety of pipelines running from about 54,000 active oil and gas wells, a task that came under scrutiny after a leaking pipeline was blamed for a fatal …

Weak Safety Standards Caused California Exxon Refinery Blast, Agency Says

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has concluded that a 2015 explosion at a Torrance, Calif., refinery then owned by Exxon Mobil Corp. could have been prevented, the agency concluded in a report issued on Wednesday. “This explosion and near miss …