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Deadline Set For Claims In Freedom Industries Case

June 19, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge has set an Aug. 1 deadline for financial claims by West Virginia residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated the local water supply.       

Washington Residents Oppose Oil Shipments

June 19, 2014 12:59 pm | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee met in Spokane, a major railroad hub for the northern United States, to take testimony on a bill that seeks to improve the safety of those oil shipments.      

1 Dead After Washington Fireworks Explosion

June 19, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A deadly blast at a fireworks plant in Washington state came as workers were preparing shells for shipping, an Entertainment Fireworks official says.                 

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4 Months Into Recall, Only 7 Pct. of GM Cars Fixed

June 17, 2014 12:54 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More than four months after General Motors began recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.                         

Feds Not Inspecting 4 in 10 Higher-Risk Wells

June 17, 2014 10:18 am | by Hope Yen and Thomas Peipert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom.          

GM Recalls Top 20M Globally

June 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling another 3 million cars because of a defect that causes a similar problem to the infamous ignition switch issue.                               

Lincoln's Nifty Parking Trick

June 16, 2014 3:58 pm | by USA TODAY | News | Comments

The Lincoln MKC can not only park itself, it can get you out of a tight parking spot, as shown here by Sandeep Khatiwala, its program manager.                               

Dutch Government Encourages Self-driving Car Tests

June 16, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch government says it wants to encourage large-scale tests of self-driving cars in the Netherlands by next year, and supports a plan to allow tests of self-driving trucks by 2019.                   

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Tighter Trucking Regulations Proposed After Accident That Injured Actor

June 16, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday launched a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road.                 

Nuclear Industry Developing Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are trying a range of tactics to make nuclear fuel survive longer in extreme accidents. Their overriding goal is giving plant workers more time before an accident becomes a full-on crisis.                

Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

June 16, 2014 8:42 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.                                       

GM Recalls Camaros for Switch Problem

June 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position, causing an engine stall.                                          

Police: 6 Killed at India Steel Plant

June 13, 2014 9:58 am | by Indrajit Singh, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least six people were killed and 29 more injured in an explosion and a subsequent gas pipeline leak on Thursday at a government-run steel plant in central India, a plant spokesman said.                  

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Company Recalls 4K Pounds of Beef Over Mad Cow Fear

June 12, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Missouri company has recalled possibly tainted beef products distributed to two restaurants and a grocery chain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.                           

Nebraska Manufacturer Cited For 'Willful' Safety Violations

June 12, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSHA says an investigation found workers were exposed to serious amputation risks and the threat of electrocution, burns, crushing, lacerations or fractured body parts.                        

Mitsubishi Motors To Recall 700K Cars

June 12, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Thursday it is recalling a total of 703,888 cars for free repairs to fix a problem related to light switches.                                

GM CEO and Chief Investigator To Testify

June 11, 2014 2:11 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be back in front of Congress next week to be questioned further about how GM allowed a deadly defect in an ignition switch to go undisclosed for more than a decade.                

AMA Policy Backs Strict E-Cigarette Restrictions

June 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The American Medical Association is pledging to use its lobbying power to seek strict limits on electronic cigarettes.                                      

Workers Safe After Blasts at Montana Plant

June 11, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant Tuesday in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building, and no major injuries were reported, authorities said.               

Toyota Expands Recall for Air Bag Problem

June 11, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 650,000 vehicles in Japan and repeating a recall for problems with front passenger air bag inflators announced last year, seeking to fix some 2.27 million vehicles.             

GM: No More Serious Safety Issues Lurking

June 10, 2014 1:27 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.                            

Crown Equipment Promotes National Forklift Safety Day

June 10, 2014 11:23 am | by Crown Equipment Corporation | News | Comments

According to the ITA, National Forklift Safety Day serves “as a focal point for manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts and importance of operator training. This day provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, policymakers and the administration on forklift operating safety practices.”

Pratt & Whitney Canada Sued Over Fatal Crash

June 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

An engine manufacturer in Canada is to blame for a small plane's ocean landing and the death of Hawaii's former health director, her brother said in a lawsuit filed Monday.                       

Walmart: Truck in Morgan Crash Had Crash Prevention System

June 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Walmart truck involved in the accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another passenger in his limo bus had a system designed to slow the truck's speed and notify the driver of stopped traffic ahead.          

Report Calls for More Protection for Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on Friday vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.       

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