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U.S. Safety Agency May Reopen Jeep Fire Investigation

April 10, 2015 9:50 am | by Megan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency may reopen an investigation into Jeep gas tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end crashes, the agency's top official said Thursday.

GM Cars Will Spy on Your Teen's Driving

April 8, 2015 2:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

General Motors' new Teen Driver monitoring system can track your child's speed and give you a driving report card. But can it track adults as well?

U.S. Agency Denies Request to Probe Fiat Chrysler Minivans

April 8, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have denied a New Jersey man's request to investigate Fiat Chrysler minivans because they can stall after refueling.

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Is Fracking Responsible for Earthquakes in Oklahoma?

April 7, 2015 2:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Oklahoma has recently stolen the title of the nation’s earthquake capital from California. And as the frequency of earthquakes continue to increase, it has people beginning to question just what is responsible. 

BMW’s Crash-Proof Car

April 7, 2015 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

With constant news about ignition switches and exploding gas tanks, it’s nice to hear that BMW is taking a step toward accident avoidance. 

Obama Presents Climate Change as Health Hazard

April 7, 2015 10:17 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.

Choosing the Right Chemical Label

April 7, 2015 9:50 am | by Graphic Products | News | Comments

Since OSHA announced its HazCom 2012 standards for GHS compliance, there have been a lot of questions on proper labeling of chemicals. This simple flowchart will help you decide how to label chemicals in your facility for safety and compliance. 

Groups Seek Ban on Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 7, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A coalition of consumer safety groups asked federal officials to ban the use of flame retardant chemicals in consumer products. 

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Government Investigating Nissan Versa

April 7, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is investigating the Nissan Versa and Versa Note subcompact cars because the driver's foot can allegedly get caught in the trim panel that holds the carpet.

Analysts Upgrade Lumber Liquidators Following Flooring Tests

April 6, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Financial analysts improved their forecast for embattled Lumber Liquidators after tests showed the company's hardwood flooring sealed in most potentially harmful chemicals.

Jury Orders Chrysler to Pay $150M in Jeep Fire Death

April 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames after being rear-ended three years ago. The jury said Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, must pay nearly the full amount.

GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 77

March 31, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 77 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

Jury Awards $38.5 Million-Plus in Fatal Shooting at Plant

March 31, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of two women killed by a co-worker at a northeast Philadelphia plant 4 1/2 years ago were awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages from a security guard firm.

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Saving Lives with an Engine Upgrade

March 31, 2015 9:53 am | by Jonathan Jacobi, Senior EHS Advisor with UL Workplace Health & Safety | Articles | Comments

Business is tough in today's global marketplace. Everyone is being asked to do more, with less. Across industries, including automotive, workers are being asked to be more efficient, and safety and risk management professionals are certainly not insulated.

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 food processing plant in Oklahoma.

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 releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

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 rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.

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.

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.

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