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Labor Department Cuts Coal Dust Levels

April 23, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.                              

Grandfather Builds Safe Gun Tech After Sandy Hook

April 23, 2014 1:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

After his 6-year-old grandson was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, Carmen Lobis is crowdfunding and applying for a Silicon Valley grant to build potentially life-saving gun technology.                   

Does It Matter If We Beat The Recall Record?

April 23, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

Do these massive recalls point to quality problems in our cars and trucks? And is the car parked in your driveway still safe to drive?                                  

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Feds Investigating Chevy Impala Brakes

April 23, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning.                          

GM Restructuring Engineering After Recall

April 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.                                 

No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers in buildings without sprinklers.     

American Perceptions Of Power

April 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

Does it matter if Americans understand the risks involved in the different kinds of energy sources?                                           

Ammunition Plant Explosion Ruled Accidental

April 21, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The explosion Wednesday afternoon at Rio Ammunition, about 55 miles west of Nashville, killed Rodney Edwards and injured three others.                                  

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Improving Electrical Safety in the Workplace

April 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, accidents attributed to electrical hazards injure an average of 4,000 workers and claim 300 lives every year.                           

Documents Detail Delayed GM Saturn Recall

April 21, 2014 9:19 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The documents show yet another delay by GM in recalling unsafe vehicles and point to another example of government safety regulators reacting slowly to a safety problem.                       

Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.                                         

Texas Town May Rebuild Plant After Deadly Blast

April 18, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people says local officials are considering building a new one.                                 

Mazda Recalling 109K SUVs

April 18, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts.                                              

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1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.                                      

Q&A: Prepping For FSMA Whistleblower Provisions

April 15, 2014 2:43 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Attorney Jonathan Secrest spoke to our colleagues at Food Manufacturing about OSHA’s new procedures and how food companies can prepare for the inevitability of more whistleblower claims.                   

FAA Says Hawaiian Didn't Inspect Plane Properly

April 15, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights.                       

Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of West Anniversary

April 15, 2014 9:42 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.       

Bhopal: Coming To A Theater Near You

April 14, 2014 10:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

There are two ways one can look at this film. First is that it’s a remarkable opportunity to instruct people around the world about an event that isn’t well-known. The second is that it’s exploitative and simply wrong on the facts, whatever those may be.

Feds Revisit Safety Rules After Bus Crash Kills 10

April 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.     

Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                          

Sony Recalling Some Vaio Laptops

April 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is recalling some of its VAIO laptop computers, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat.                                   

BMW Extends Recall To Half-Million Cars

April 11, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Friday that a recall started in China last week has now been extended worldwide, affecting 489,000 vehicles, including 156,000 in the U.S.                            

GM Making New Repair On Recalled Cars

April 11, 2014 9:52 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has to repair another part on the 2.6 million small cars already being recalled for an ignition switch defect.                                   

NHTSA Closes Ford Pickup Truck Probe

April 11, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.                            

Wireless Gas Detection Systems

April 10, 2014 4:50 pm | by Detcon | Videos | Comments

As wireless capabilities reach new technological milestones, the integration of wireless gas detection systems in industrial applications is increasing. Among the safest and most revolutionary product lines available today is Detcon’s SmartWireless technology.

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