Safety & Loss Control News

Highway Safety Advocates Urge Nebraska to Tighten Slack Seat Belt Law

Highway safety advocates are urging Nebraska lawmakers to tighten state seat belt requirements that are among the loosest in the nation. Nebraska is one of nine states that only require seat belts for front-seat passengers, according to the National Conference …

Unions File OSHA Complaint Over No Mask Mandate at Iowa Capitol

A labor union representing state workers has filed a complaint with the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration, arguing that a lack of a mask mandate at the Iowa Capitol threatens the safety of everyone who enters the building. Iowa …

Louisiana to Get $205M in BP Spill Money for Coastal Restoration

Louisiana is getting another $205 million in BP oil spill money to restore its coast. Most of that — $176 million — will use sediment dredged from the Mississippi River to build 1,200 acres (485 hectares) of marsh in Jefferson …

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 …