Safety & Loss Control News

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 …

Indiana Schools to Receive 3,200 Metal Detectors

Hundreds of Indiana schools have requested more than 3,200 hand-held metal detectors under a state program aimed at improving school safety that offers the devices for free. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the program in early July, weeks after a …

North Dakota Looking at New RV Safety Standards After Deadly Tornado

A deadly tornado that recently struck a western North Dakota city has prompted state and local officials to call for increased safety standards for RV parks that often house oilfield workers and families. McKenzie County leaders expect to meet with …

State Panel Urges Armed Presence in Arkansas Schools

The Arkansas School Safety Commission issued its preliminary report and recommends that every school always have an armed presence, including a trained resource officer whenever financially feasible. The report also calls for increased mental health resources for students, anti-bullying programs, …

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 …