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Worker Survives Electric Shock on the Job, Tells his Story

March 30, 2015 9:20 am | by Jordy Byrd, Public Relations Specialist with Graphic Products | Articles | Comments

While on the job, the crane operator failed to lower the boom and backed into the power line. Curtis Weber became the ground point for the electricity, as 14,400 volts surged through his body. 

Mental Exam Ordered for Man Accused in Beheading at Food Processing Plant

March 27, 2015 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a ...

Feds: Monsanto Fined for not Reporting Idaho Chemical Releases

March 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled...

BMW Recalls Nearly 49K Motorcycles

March 27, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the...

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Feds Investigate Safety of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde.

Ford Recalls 213,000 Police Vehicles

March 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles in North America to fix springs that may not keep doors closed in a crash.

Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars to Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 25, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.

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Report: Safety Concerns Continue at U.S. Oil Refineries

March 25, 2015 9:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Worker fatalities at U.S. oil refineries between 2005 and 2015 nearly matched the total from the previous decade despite safety recommendations made in the aftermath of a 2005 accident.

Safety Experts: Chrysler's Gas Tank Fix Still Risky

March 24, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

After Chrysler initially refused to recall vehicles over a gas tank issue, there are now safety concerns about the solution and the speed at which it is moving on the fix.

How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

March 24, 2015 2:52 pm | by Tom Grace, Brand Protection Manager, Eaton | Articles | Comments

The counterfeiting of well-known brands and products is a problem that continues to rise each year; currently, it is estimated to make up five to seven percent of world trade or $1.77 trillion in 2015.

Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars to Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 24, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.

Train Derailments In Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

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Are You a GM Recall Waiting to Happen?

March 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

It’s easy to look at a situation like GM’s and wonder how it got so catastrophically out of control, but Gittler’s exercise suggests that even the best-laid plans are subject to more than just a small sliver of error.

Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

Graco Fined for Delayed Reporting of Seat-Buckle Complaints

March 20, 2015 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco has agreed to pay a $3 million fine for delayed reporting of consumer complaints about difficulty opening car seat buckles.

Tesla Updating Model S to Ease Range Anxiety, Improve Safety

March 19, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge

Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles to Driver's Air Bag Recall

March 19, 2015 11:19 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing U.S. recall of driver's side air bag inflators that can explode with too much force.

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Report Suggests Oil Prices Tied to Worker Fatalities in North Dakota

March 17, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Low oil prices and subsequent cutbacks in the field by drilling companies could be contributing to a rash of worker fatalities in North Dakota, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 17, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration signed an agreement to share data relating to pesticides and toxic substances, the agencies announced Monday.

Lumber Liquidators to Provide Air Tests Following '60 Minutes' Report

March 16, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Lumber Liquidators will provide air testing supplies to consumers in the wake of a report that its laminate flooring contained high levels of formaldehyde.

Report: Zinc Company Overlooked Warning Signs Ahead of 2010 Explosion

March 16, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal investigators this week attributed a July 2010 Pennsylvania zinc refinery explosion to drainage problems and suggested workers overlooked several warning signs leading up to the disaster.

Lumber Liquidators CEO Makes Surprising Admission

March 13, 2015 2:34 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

During a Thursday morning conference call, Lumber Liquidators CEO Rob Lynch responded to a "60 Minutes" report that exposed excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde in the glue used to bind the company's wood. 

Kia To Recall Some Soul SUVs

March 13, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia is recalling nearly 209,000 Soul small SUVs because the gas pedals can bend or break.

Study: Sound Waves Could Locate Dangerous Structural Problems

March 13, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scottish researchers recently developed a system that could enable the discovery of dangerous structural weaknesses using only sound waves.

Texas Oil Well Explosion Kills Three Family Members

March 13, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An explosion at a West Texas oil well killed three workers this week. 

Lumber Liquidators To Pay for Safety Testing of Flooring

March 12, 2015 3:18 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Retailer Lumber Liquidators said Thursday that it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors for customers to help ease concerns.

Honda Running Ad Campaign to Boost Recall Repairs

March 12, 2015 9:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is launching an unprecedented U.S. ad campaign urging owners to get vehicles that have been recalled for safety problems repaired.

Legislation Targets Detergent Packets Following Rash of Child Poisonings

March 11, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Democratic members of Congress hope to make substantial changes to single-load laundry detergent packets amid rising concerns about accidental ingestion by children.

Spate of Derailments Deepens Fear of Oil Train Disaster

March 10, 2015 3:01 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four trains hauling crude oil have derailed in the U.S. and Canada since mid-February. The derailments have deepened safety concerns that if an oil-train accident were to occur in a populated area, the results could be disastrous.   

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