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Lawyer To Seek $20M In Case Against Toyota

August 9, 2013 10:01 am | by Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

A lawyer for plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. told a jury on Thursday he will ask for $20 million in damages for the family of a woman who died when her Camry suddenly accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop. The case involving the 2009 death of Noriko Uno is the first involving the issue to go to trial in state court.

Great Falls Refinery Hit With OSHA Fine

August 9, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is fining a petroleum refinery in Great Falls for unsafe working conditions. The agency's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it is proposing a $77,000 fine for Calumet Montana Refining.

Six Of 12 Small Cars Do Well In Front Crash Tests

August 8, 2013 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Two redesigned Honda Civic models were the only small cars to get the top rating in stringent front-end crash tests performed by an insurance industry group. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly, but six performed well. Safety is critical in the fast-growing small-car market, with many buyers downsizing from larger vehicles.

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Safety Citations Issued To AL Steel Manufacturer

August 8, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials issued safety citations to a steel manufacturing company and proposed more than $117,000 in fines Wednesday. Fifteen safety citations have been issued to the Northport-based Hanna Steel Corp, U.S. Department of Labor officials said. The plant manufactures steel tubing and pre-painted steel.

China Spying On U.S. Businesses

August 8, 2013 1:20 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

It's the massive theft of American trade secrets through cyber attack and espionage, and many of the cyber-attacks on American trade are coming from China. NBC's Michael Isikoff reports on how widespread the espionage is and what the government is doing about it.

Man Dies When Caught In Equipment At IN Plant

August 7, 2013 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A coroner says a man has died of multiple blunt-force trauma injuries after being caught in a piece of equipment at a northeastern Indiana steel plant. Whitley County Coroner F. Randall Dellinger says 44-year-old Jeffery Flory of Albion died in the accident Monday night at the Steel Dynamics plant in Columbia City, about 20 miles west of Fort Wayne.

Toyota Recalls 342,000 Tacoma Pickups

August 7, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 342,000 Tacoma midsize pickup trucks to fix a problem with the seat belts. The recall affects the company's Access Cab models made from 2004 to 2011. Toyota says screws that attach part of the seat belts to the mechanism that retracts the belts can come loose. If that happens, the belts may not work properly for the driver or front passenger.

Central Rent-A-Crane, Inc. Names New Safety Director

August 7, 2013 11:37 am | by ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. | News | Comments

The ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. is proud to announce the appointment of Brenton MacDonald as Safety Supervisor of Central Rent-A-Crane, a member of the ALL Family of Companies. In addition to overseeing safety training and implementation of safety programs for Central Rent-A-Crane’s three Indiana locations, MacDonald is also Central’s HSSE Supervisor at the BP Whiting Refinery. The appointment is effective immediately.

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Ukraine: 5 Killed, 20 Sickened In Ammonia Leak

August 7, 2013 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ukraine's Emergency Situations Ministry says an ammonia leak at a chemical plant has killed five people and sickened more than 20. The ministry said that a pipe carrying liquid ammonia depressurized Tuesday at the Stirol plant in the east of the country, causing the release of the chemical. The ministry refused to provide further details.

Chevron Agrees To Pay $2M In CA Refinery Fire

August 6, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond that sent thousands of residents to hospitals, many complaining of respiratory problems.

Hackers Control Car's Steering And Brakes

August 5, 2013 12:48 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Taking advantage of in-car computing, hackers at the DEF CON conference are able to take control of a car by hard-wiring into its systems. Today's cars feature a number of computers, all of which need to talk to each other. Charlie Miller, security engineer, says hackers can figure out how these computers talk to each other and then pretend they are various pieces of the car.

August 2013: Bang for the Buck

August 5, 2013 10:58 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Accenture's managing director explains how to radically improve the performance of your legacy spares planning system without buying a new one, Houston-based Blackwell Plastics helps people do what they love and love what they do, HVLS and HVAC are together at last to improve employee comfort and save money, and more.

Never Bypass Lockout/Tagout During Repairs

August 5, 2013 8:02 am | by Judie Smithers, Editor — Workplace Safety, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A sudden chemical release or unexpected machine movement can injure or kill an employee who is servicing, maintaining or repairing process equipment. OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard (1910.147) requires employers to authorize the employees who do this work and provide them with the instructions and equipment they need to completely deenergize the machinery.

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Court: Tyson Workers Must Be Paid For Donning Gear

August 1, 2013 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a Wisconsin meat processing plant must be paid for time spent putting on and taking off protective clothing, an appeals court ruled. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by six workers at the Tyson Prepared Foods plant in Jefferson. It is one of several filed nationwide by meat and poultry workers, who say they spend significant time putting on and taking off gear.

Ford Pays Gov't $17.35M Fine To Settle Recall Spat

August 1, 2013 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says it has paid the government $17.35 million to settle a dispute over allegations that Ford delayed a safety recall. The company says it paid the fine to avoid a lengthy dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Obama Orders Review Of Chemical Plant Rules

August 1, 2013 12:58 pm | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is ordering federal agencies to review safety rules at chemical facilities in response to the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant. In an executive order announced Thursday, Obama tasks agencies with identifying new ways to safely store and secure ammonium nitrate, the explosive chemical investigators say caused the blast.

Blowout May Tip Regulator Focus To Shallow-Water

July 31, 2013 2:14 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last week's blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators' focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely. The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore and operated under contract to Walter Gas & Oil, spewed gas July 23 that eventually ignited. The fire damaged the Hercules 265, which was within days of wrapping up its drilling contract.

Explosion Fuels Protests Of China Chemical Plants

July 31, 2013 2:12 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added to the growing opposition to such plants in China, on the same day a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe. Tuesday's blast at the plant caused no chemical leaks, officials said, but environmental activists seized on the accident as a warning of potential problems at factories.

Chain Of Explosions At Propane Gas Plant

July 31, 2013 11:57 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

At least eight people were injured in a blast at a Blue Rhino plant with 53,000 propane tanks on site. Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith identified the possible causes Tuesday, but said sabotage was not suspected. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the Monday night incident at the Blue Rhino propane plant, as did the Florida State Fire Marshal's office.

Explosions Rock FL Gas Plant

July 31, 2013 10:16 am | by Mike Schneider, Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

Equipment malfunction and human error are among the possible causes of a series of explosions that spawned a 20-by-20 foot fireball at a central Florida propane plant and left eight injured, authorities said. Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith identified the possible causes Tuesday, but said sabotage was not suspected.

Nissan Recalls Versa Note Hatchbacks

July 30, 2013 2:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says the recall affects cars from the 2014 model year that were built in Mexico before July 5 and distributed mainly in North America. Nissan says bolts holding the rear seat back latches may not be strong enough. This could increase the injury risk for back-seat passengers in a crash.

Massive Explosions Rock Fla. Gas Plant

July 30, 2013 10:39 am | by Mike Schneider and Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

A series of explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant and sent "boom after boom after boom" through the neighborhood around it. Eight people were injured, with at least three in critical condition. Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith said possible causes of the explosion may be either equipment malfunction or possibly human error. Sabotage was not suspected.

China Explosion Fuels Environmental Concerns

July 30, 2013 10:27 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion Tuesday at a Chinese plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added fuel to a growing movement opposing such plants, on the same day that a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe.

Ford Recalls Some 2013 C-Max Hybrids Over Roofs

July 29, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 33,021 C-Max hybrid cars because they may not adequately protect occupants' heads in a crash. Vehicles involved were made between Jan. 19, 2012, and June 25, 2013 and don't have panoramic roofs. C-Max hybrids with panoramic glass roofs aren't involved in the recall.

Japan's All Nippon Finds Damaged 787 Beacons

July 26, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's All Nippon Airways has found damage to wiring on two Boeing 787 locator beacons, a device suspected as the cause of a fire on an Ethiopian Airlines 787. ANA spokesman Ryosei Nomura said Friday that Boeing Co., the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Japanese regulators had ordered checks of the beacons.

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