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BlueWater Manufacturing Acquired By Safety Products Group

January 30, 2014 12:18 pm | by Safety Products Group | News | Comments

BlueWater Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of pre-engineered, modular guardrail systems, announced that it has been acquired by Safety Products Group. Under its lead brand, SafetyRail 2000, BlueWater has provided its industrial and commercial customers easy-to-install, non-penetrating roof top safety solutions since 2001.

Seat Fabric May Force Toyota Recall in U.S., Canada

January 30, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese automaker has already halted sales of the problem vehicles, which are only those equipped with seat heaters, because the fabric may not clear flammability standards, company spokesman Naoki Sumino said Thursday.        

Man Injured In Omaha Industrial Accident Sues

January 30, 2014 10:00 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

A man injured in an industrial building collapse in Omaha that killed two workers earlier this month is suing the company and its owner, primarily in an effort to find out what happened, his lawyer said Wednesday.           

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Safety Hat Manufacturing

January 30, 2014 9:14 am | by MSA and Grupo José Pinto | Videos | Comments

Take a tour of the MSA facotry in South Africa that turns out hard hats for use around the world. This start to finish production line tour takes you from raw material,through the assembly line, and on to warehouse and shipping logistics.   

W.Va. Senate Passes Chemical Spill Bill

January 29, 2014 1:25 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal patches a regulatory framework that let Freedom Industries spill chemicals into the public water supply on Jan. 9 without immediate detection, state lawmakers said. The leak into the Elk River kept 300,000 people without clean, drinkable water for days.

Suicide Suspected In Death Of Bangladesh Survivor

January 28, 2014 10:01 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 27-year-old seamstress who was among those pulled alive last year from the rubble of a horrific Bangladesh factory collapse has died, officials said Monday. Police are investigating the case as a possible suicide. Salma was rescued several days after the illegally constructed, eight-story Rana Plaza collapsed, killing 1,129 people.

High Court Rules Against Steelworkers' Claim

January 27, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court says steelworkers do not have to be paid for time they spend putting on and taking off protective gear they wear on the job.                               

U.S. Probes Camry Hybrids For Power Brake Problem

January 27, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that power-assisted brakes can fail at times in Camry gas-electric hybrids. The probe covers about 30,000 of the midsize cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years.           

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Parts That Can Cause Toilets To Burst Are Recalled

January 24, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Watch out for exploding toilets. Flushmate, the maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe's, is expanding its recall of the parts, because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank.

FDA Says It Is Studying Caramel Coloring In Soda

January 23, 2014 1:44 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency's announcement comes in response to a study by Consumer Reports that shows varying levels of 4-methylimidazole — an impurity formed in some caramel coloring at low levels during the manufacturing process — in 12 brands of soda from five manufacturers.

Tiny Cars Flunk Crash Test

January 23, 2014 9:16 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Eleven of the smallest cars sold in America performed very badly in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Only the Chevrolet Spark received a score of "acceptable."               

2nd Body Pulled From Collapsed Feed Plant

January 22, 2014 1:54 pm | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities on Tuesday recovered the body of a second worker who was killed when an Omaha animal feed manufacturing plant collapsed, while federal investigators tried to pinpoint a cause of the industrial accident that killed two and injured 17.

Feds: Va. State Workers Discussed As Test Subjects

January 22, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal indictment says officials at dietary supplement maker Star Scientific Inc., which is central to a gift scandal involving former Gov. Bob McDonnell, discussed using Virginia state employees as test subjects for one of their products.   

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Proposed Novelty Lighter Ban Sparks Neb. Debate

January 22, 2014 1:34 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

The measure would prevent Nebraska retailers from selling the lighters, some of which resemble animals, tractors, blower dryers, and cameras and which sometimes make noise. Firefighting groups say the lighters are more likely to catch a child's eye, while opponents question whether they pose a greater threat than regular lighters or candles.

CDC: 2nd Chemical From Tank Spilled In W.Va. River

January 22, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency says a second, likely less toxic chemical also was released during a spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a storage tank that leaked a coal-cleaning chemical also contained a mixture of polyglycol ethers, or PPH.

9 Treated Following Fire At Central Pa. Food Plant

January 22, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Gettysburg Hospital spokesman said seven people were taken there for potential exposure to the chemical toluene, while a county emergency official said two others were treated at nearby Waynesboro Hospital.            

AP: New Regs Sought For Child Car Seats

January 22, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks to upgrade standards for child seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds to include a new test that simulates a side crash. The agency estimates the standards will prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year.

Subcompact Cars Fare Poorly In New Crash Tests

January 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

None of the 12 minicars tested got the highest rating of "good" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Chevrolet Spark was the only car that earned the second-highest rating of "acceptable." Six of the cars — including the segment's best-seller, the Nissan Versa — got the lowest rating of "poor."

Legislation Proposed In WV To Regulate Chemicals

January 21, 2014 9:20 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tomblin, the Democratic governor, urged passage of a chemical storage regulatory program. The bill aims to address shortcomings that allowed 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals to seep into the Elk River on Jan. 9. Freedom Industries, which owned the plant that leaked the chemicals, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday.

Cause Of Deadly Omaha Plant Explosion Unknown

January 21, 2014 9:13 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a blast caused much of an Omaha manufacturing plant to collapse, some workers found themselves buried in debris and others scrambled for their lives. Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said.

14 Companies Bid To Destroy Syria Chemicals

January 20, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says 14 private sector companies have submitted bids to destroy chemicals removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle Damascus' poison gas and nerve agent program.

Life Sentence For China Dumpling Poisoner

January 20, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a former food plant worker to life in prison for poisoning frozen dumplings that sickened 10 people in Japan in 2008 and strained relations with Tokyo just months before the Beijing Olympics.       

Government Ending Jeep Investigation

January 20, 2014 9:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The government is closing its investigation into older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has "no reservations" with Chrysler Group's plans to recall the vehicles.

Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

January 20, 2014 9:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

An in-depth post-mortem can actually increase confidence in a business and encourage more trust. Everyone and every business makes mistakes, and often, what separates a successful one from a failed one is the way in which they respond to the unexpected. Proving that your company can do just that should be a matter of pride, not shame.

U.S. Officials Call For More Safety For Oil By Rail

January 17, 2014 9:54 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Topping the list are plans to analyze the risks of oil trains that in recent years began passing regularly through major metropolitan areas across the U.S., Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. The results could be used to alter some routes, government officials said. 

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