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Explosion At N.H. Ball Bearings Plant Injures 15

February 11, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monday afternoon's blast at the New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc. plant in Peterborough is being investigated but all indications were that it was an industrial-related incident, said Peterborough Fire Department spokesman Eric Bowman.     

FDA Reconsiders Heart Safety Of Common Pain Pills

February 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The key question is whether naproxen — the key ingredient in Bayer's Aleve and many other generic pain pills — carries a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than rival medications like ibuprofen, sold as Advil by Pfizer and Motrin by Johnson & Johnson, among others.

Lawyer: Owners Not Liable For Bangladesh Factory Fire

February 10, 2014 9:36 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tazreen factory, located outside the capital, Dhaka, produced clothing for major retailers including Wal-Mart. Investigators say it had no emergency exits and workers found the gates locked from the outside.              

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Calif. Company Recalls 8.7M Pounds Of Meat

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds (3.95 million kilograms) of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, U.S. officials said Saturday.      

Ind. Company Taking Lead In Side-Impact Crashes

February 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Michelle Sokol, The Republic | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new rule requiring car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 mph. The new standards are expected to prevent about five deaths and 65 injuries each year, a "very, very conservative estimate," according to the safety administration.

Leak, Fire Shut Down Neb. Beef Processing Plant

February 7, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Lincoln Journal Star reports workers at the Cargill plant in Schuyler detected the ammonia leak around 3:40 a.m. Thursday. Smoke and flames were reported several minutes later above an area where beef carcasses are trimmed to smaller cuts.  

Group: Bangladesh Workers Threatened Over Union

February 6, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A human rights group said Thursday that garment factory owners in Bangladesh have been intimidating and threatening workers who try to organize trade unions.                           

Pa. Man Paralyzed By Tipped Toilet Prank Gets $5M

February 6, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man left paralyzed from the shoulders down when his relatives tipped over a portable toilet while he was inside has settled a Pennsylvania lawsuit against the toilet manufacturer, the relatives, and others for $5 million.       

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Inside Nissan's 'Taxi Of Tomorrow'

February 6, 2014 9:46 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

New features like charging ports and crash-tested passenger dividers makes the new "Taxi of Tomorrow" a safer and more tech-savvy way to get around NYC.                              

Aston Martin Recalls More Than 17,000 Luxury Cars

February 5, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British luxury carmaker Aston Martin says it is recalling 17,590 sports cars because of a problem with the accelerator pedal molding. The company said Wednesday there had not been any accidents or injuries stemming from the fault, which can cause the engine to idle unexpectedly.

Texas Beef Processor Issues Recall

February 4, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Fort Worth, Texas beef processor is recalling nearly 16,000 pounds of beef products because they may be contaminated by E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that a "high" health risk exists for products provided by PFP Enterprises. 

Congress: WV Spill Reveals Inadequate Regulations

February 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by Ben Nuckols, Associated Press | News | Comments

Although there was disagreement on some of the specifics, Democrats and Republicans on a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee agreed that the federal government needs to do more to protect the water supply from toxic chemicals.   

‘Talking’ Cars? It Needs to Happen, Feds Say

February 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Experts say cars that are able to communicate with one another — warning about road dangers or an impending crash — could reduce fatalities.                                

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Safety Agency Ends Ford Truck Probe Without Recall

February 4, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the probe in May after getting complaints of steering gear box failures in F250 and F350 trucks. The investigation covered about 340,000 trucks from the 2008 model year.        

Firms Fined For Calif. Plant Implosion That Hurt 5

February 4, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state has cited and issued fines to two companies that worked as subcontractors on the implosion of a central California power plant whose shrapnel flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators gathered to watch the spectacle. Five people were injured, including a man whose leg was severed.

U.S. Probing Honda Accords For Air Bag Problem

February 4, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the side air bags on some Honda Accords can inflate when the front doors are closed. The probe covers about 363,000 of the popular midsize cars from the 2008 model year.        

U.S. Vehicle Recalls Hit 9-Year High In 2013

February 4, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says automakers initiated 632 separate vehicle recalls in 2013, up 9 percent from the prior year. Companies are saving money by using more common parts. But that can force them to recall many more vehicles when something goes wrong.

Feds To Decide On Car-To-Car Communications

February 3, 2014 1:40 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are planning to announce whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. Such vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to transform traffic safety.

Owner Of Collapsed Omaha Plant Announces Layoffs

February 3, 2014 9:36 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

International Nutrition is outsourcing production of the livestock and poultry nutritional supplements it makes following the Jan. 20 fire and collapse of the three-level southwest Omaha plant, company owner and president Steve Silver said in a written statement. The industrial accident killed two workers and injured 17 others.

Do You Believe In Safety Factors?

February 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

The science of mapping performance distributions told us exactly where we could set our process controls in order to ensure virtually 100% defect-free results. It is a better method than assuming or guessing at an appropriate safety factor.    

Global Watchdog Says Indian Cars Fail Safety Test

January 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

The results are an indictment of the auto industry in India, which lacks adequate safety standards, said David Ward, head of the London car-safety watchdog Global NCAP, which performed the crash tests. India has some of the deadliest roads in the world.

Clearing Up The Top Hazard Communication Misconceptions

January 31, 2014 9:08 am | by Cintas Corporation | Articles | Comments

“With the HazCom standard’s GHS training requirement now in effect and the New Year in full swing, many organizations are scrambling to train workers and determine what requirements they will face next, while others still are unclear if GHS applies to their business,” said Tom Lally, Director of Training and Compliance, Cintas.

Latest OSHA Safety Sign Standard

January 30, 2014 2:34 pm | by Brady Corporation | News | Comments

Under OSHA’s revised signage standards for general industry and construction, published November 6, 2013, organizations can now use either the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard from 1967-1968 or from 2011 for safety signage.

Toyota Tells Dealers To Stop Selling 6 Models

January 30, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota has told North American dealers to stop selling six popular models with heated seats because the fabric doesn't meet flammability standards. No fires or injuries have been reported, but Toyota can't legally sell cars that don't comply with U.S. safety codes.

MSHA Issues 135 Citations At Mines In December

January 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says it also issued 24 orders following inspections at 11 coal mines and two other mines. MSHA issued seven orders and six citations at Hanover Resources LLC's Caymus Mine in Boone County.     

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