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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.        

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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.

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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.     

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.

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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.           

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.           

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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