Safety & Loss Control News

In 2nd Year Back, Fireworks Industry Faces More Restrictions in Iowa

A year after firework sales returned to Iowa, many cities have implemented new restrictions as the fledgling industry tries to put itself on a more permanent footing. The Iowa Legislature last year cleared the way for consumer fireworks in Iowa …

Missouri Employers Mutual: More Businesses Injury-Free in 2017

Workers’ compensation insurer, Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance (MEM), says it experienced an all-time high in injury-free policyholders last year. MEM’s 2017 workplace safety data show the company increased its total policy count from 15,857 to 17,561 in 2017. And that …

Louisiana Lawmakers Eye Stiffer Penalties for Pipeline Damage

A fight over a crude oil pipeline in southern Louisiana has spilled into the Legislature. A proposal to stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around pipelines is nearing final passage after winning approval from a Senate judicial committee. Rep. Major …

Arkansas Cities Are Focus of Study on Limiting Pedestrian Deaths

A federally funded study focusing on two Arkansas cities will serve as an outline for statewide efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths. Two metropolitan planning organizations in Jonesboro and Little Rock are sharing a $100,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration …

FBI: More than 100 School Threats in Louisiana Since Feb. 14

Authorities have investigated at least 106 threats of violence in or near schools in Louisiana since the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Florida high school, state police and the FBI said. The news came as the University of New …

2 Louisiana Businesses Earn Workers’ Comp Safety Awards

The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) OSHA/Safety Consultation Section has named R&R Home Care Inc. of Mandeville, La., and Haven Nursing Center Inc. of Columbia, La., as recipients of its 2017 LAWorks Award. Businesses in …

Oklahoma Sees Increase in Number of Volunteer Firefighters

Almost 200 new volunteer firefighters have joined rural fire departments in Oklahoma two years after successful legislation eliminated the age limit for new volunteers, according to state lawmakers. House Bill 2005, authored by Rep. Mike Sanders and Sen. AJ Griffin, …

Commission OKs Plan to Improve Oklahoma Roads, Bridges

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved a work plan that calls for repairing or replacing nearly 400 county bridges and improving hundreds of miles of county roads over the next five years. About $926 million in federal, state, local and …

Arkansas Mulls 75 MPH Speed Limit, Opens Comment Period

Arkansas opened a 45-day comment period Monday on whether highway officials should let motorists drive at higher speeds and within minutes had elicited confessions from drivers who wrote that, while they themselves speed, other drivers are going even faster. Legislators …

Arkansas Officials: Highway Funding May Have to Wait Until 2019

Arkansas highway officials have left open the possibility they’ll take a road funding proposal to lawmakers in 2019 rather than pursue a ballot measure next year. The move comes a day after Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he would oppose any …