Safety & Loss Control News

Contractor: Ensuring Security of Des Moines, Iowa, Skywalk a Tough Job

Ensuring safety on the skywalk system in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, has become tougher in recent years, in part because funding for security officers has been cut, a security contractor said after a gang of young men attacked a man …

Texas Mutual Pays $623.3K Dividend to Lone Star Auto Dealers Safety Group

Workers’ compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., has awarded a dividend of $623,341 to the Lone Star Auto Dealers Association (LSADA) Safety Group, which includes franchised auto, truck, RV, boat and motorcycle dealerships. This year’s dividend from Texas Mutual brings …

Chemical Safety Board: Numerous Failures Led to 2014 Texas Dupont Plant Deaths

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says the deaths of four workers at a chemical plant in Texas in 2014 were the result of a long list of safety failures in the plant’s operations. The CSB has released its final investigation …

Michigan Democratic Leader Says Businesses, Heavy Trucks Must Fix Roads

With Republicans firmly opposed to a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike, Democratic lawmakers want businesses to do more to help fix the roads. A new $1.2 billion proposal from House Democrats would raise the state’s corporate tax, create a new 6-cents-a-mile …

Officials, Petroleum Council Tout New North Dakota Oilfield Safety Program

The North Dakota Petroleum Council and state officials say a new oilfield safety training program, 18 months in the making, will be a time-saver for tens of thousands of contract workers. Fifty oil companies worked on the standards for the …

Texas Senate Passes School Safety Bill

The Texas Senate has approved a bill intended to increase security and prevent on-campus incidents of violence at public schools. Senate Bill 11, by state Sen. Larry Taylor of Friendswood, would direct the Texas Education Agency to develop rules for …

Indiana Bill Would Allow Money for School Alert Systems Statewide

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to sign a bill that would allow Indiana school districts to seek state money for alert systems to warn students and staff about emergencies. The bill would permit all 92 counties to request grants …

California Race Track Imposing New Safety, Welfare Rules for Horses

California’s Santa Anita racetrack will impose new rules to scrutinize horses training on its racetrack and add a director of equine welfare following the deaths of 21 horses since Dec. 26. The main dirt track and turf courses were in …

Ohio Plan Would Make Roads Wider, Safer in State’s Amish Region

Work to widen roads and make other safety improvements is planned in an area of Ohio’s Amish country plagued by crashes resulting in injuries, according to federal and state officials. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of …

After Catastrophic Flooding, Austin Issues First Ever City-Wide Boil Water Notice

Early Monday morning, Austin Water issued a boil water notice for all of its customers due to elevated levels of silt from last week’s flooding. The water system is “the most recent infrastructure to struggle to keep up with” the …