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Gov't Fast Tracks New Safety Systems For Cars

November 14, 2013 3:30 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk or aren't buckled properly.                       

Pipeline Explosion In North Texas

November 14, 2013 1:36 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

A pipeline operated by Chevron Corp exploded in rural Milford, Texas, on Thursday and while no injuries were reported residents of the town of 700 were asked to evacuate, said company and emergency officials.            

3 Hurt In Tesla Factory Hot Metal Spill

November 14, 2013 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three Tesla Motors employees were injured Wednesday after an aluminum casting press failed at its San Francisco Bay Area factory, officials said.                              

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Undetectable, 3D-Printed Guns A Law Enforcement Challenge

November 14, 2013 11:42 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a law banning undetectable firearms about to expire, federal agents are focusing attention on the latest twist in high-tech weaponry: guns made entirely out of plastic.                      

Q&A: Preventing Hand Injuries At Your Facility

November 13, 2013 5:15 pm | by Brenda Nader, Kimberly-Clark Professional | Blogs | Comments

Brenda Nader serves as senior product supply manager at Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, GA, which is a leading provider of hygiene, safety, and productivity solutions. As a safety company, manufacturing companies rely on KCP for safety products that help protect both their employees and the environments they work in.

ND Testing For Contamination At Spill Site

November 13, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State health officials are working this week to verify that a 20,000-barrel oil spill in northwestern North Dakota didn't contaminate groundwater.                             

Equipment Failure Causes 2 Day Nuclear Shutdown

November 13, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut's nuclear plant has shut down one of its units for 48 hours due to equipment failure.  Unit 2 of Millstone Power Station was down when a turbine tripped due to a loss of a condenser vacuum.             

Senate Votes To Advance Specialty Pharmacy Bill

November 13, 2013 1:39 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The bill cleared a parliamentary hurdle on a 97-1 vote, indicating its overwhelming support in the Senate. The legislation, passed by the House in September, also creates a national system for tracking prescription drugs from manufacturers to retail pharmacies. Final passage sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature could come as early as Wednesday.

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8th Person Dies From Explosion At Mexico Factory

November 13, 2013 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Government health system spokesman Rosendo Gaytan says a 30-year-old employee of the factory Dulces Blueberry in Ciudad Juarez died Tuesday at a hospital in Guadalajara, where he was transferred to be treated for third-degree burns.     

Tesla CEO: 'Definitely' No Model S Recall

November 13, 2013 9:55 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

There is one fire for every 1,300 gas-powered cars on U.S. roads, and for the Model S, that's closer to one in 8,000, Musk said during an interview Tuesday at The New York Times' DealBook conference. He underscored that none of the drivers in the three cases was injured.

Ga. Pet Food Company Expanding Dog Treat Recall

November 13, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Georgia-based dog food company has expanded a recall involving its teriyaki dog treats over salmonella concerns. Officials from Bailey's Choice say a recall of the company's Teriyaki Chicken Treats has expanded to include Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware and Tennessee.

AMTEX TC Collection of Tencel Blends

November 13, 2013 7:10 am | by Mount Vernon FR | Product Releases | Comments

Mount Vernon FR announced its newest flame resistant fabric, AMTEX® TC. AMTEX TC is a collection of cotton and Tencel® blends created for Total Comfort, and the new line addresses the challenge of maximizing both comfort and durability in protective workwear fabrics.

EU Consumer Groups Wary Of Trade Accord With U.S.

November 12, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European consumer groups are worried about the effects of a proposed trade deal with the U.S., fearing a flood of risky or unsafe foodstuffs, medicines and other imports from America.                    

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Q&A: Better Emergency Preparedness On The Plant Floor

November 12, 2013 8:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

There are actually multiple barriers including cultural, environmental and technological, challenges that can affect timely and effective decision-making in a crisis situation. Among the most common cultural barriers are different languages spoken by people in the facility.

More Drillers Are Recycling Fracking Water

November 11, 2013 1:14 pm | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just a few years ago, drillers suspected water recyclers of trying to sell an unproven idea designed to drain money from multimillion dollar businesses. Now the system is helping drillers use less freshwater and dispose of less wastewater.   

Chrysler To Recall 1.2M Ram Trucks

November 11, 2013 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The trucks are being recalled because tie-rod ends in the steering system may have been installed improperly, which Chrysler says stemmed from technicians misinterpreting instructions. Those tie-rods could be out of alignment, which Chrysler says can lead to steering failures.

Pilot's Widow Sues Copter Maker

November 8, 2013 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The widow of a pilot killed in a helicopter crash on Molokai in 2011 is suing the aircraft's manufacturer, saying defective design caused the crash that killed all five people aboard.                    

Workers: Japan Nuke Plant Water Tanks Flawed

November 8, 2013 9:55 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials and experts and two other workers interviewed by the AP say the quality of the tanks and their foundations suffered because of haste — haste that was unavoidable because there is so much contaminated water leaking from the wrecked reactors and mixed with ground water inflow.

2 Burned By Acid At Suburban Philly Plant

November 8, 2013 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say two workers were burned after they were splashed by nitric acid at a dental implant manufacturing plant in suburban Philadelphia.                                

U.S. Safety Agency Probes VW SUV Lighting Problem

November 8, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating thousands of Volkswagen SUVs because the outside lights can go out unexpectedly.  The probe affects 61,000 VW Tiguans from the 2009 through 2011 model years.             

Arm Severed At Seattle Fortune Cookie Factory

November 8, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 55-year-old man's left arm was severed Thursday in an industrial accident at a Seattle fortune cookie company.  Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department says the arm was severed after the man became stuck in a machine up to his chest.   

Pivot-Model Mezzanine Safety Gate

November 7, 2013 5:10 pm | by Benko Products | Product Releases | Comments

Benko Products, Inc., a leading innovator in material handling and safety products, announces that its Protect-O-Gate Pivot Gate model is also available in double pallet width size. The pivot gate eliminates the potential for falls and other accidents associated with mezzanine loading areas.

Volvo Attempts Return To The U.S. Market Next Year

November 7, 2013 1:30 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Volvo is building new plants in Sweden and China, introducing new vehicles and developing its own infotainment system that it says will be less distracting.  The company is also hiring a new ad agency and working on a bolder message emphasizing Volvo's reputation for safety.

Third Fire In Tesla Model S Reported

November 7, 2013 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Another Tesla Model S electric car has caught fire, this time after hitting road debris outside of Smyrna, Tennessee.  It's the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks.                    

OSHA Cites NH Company For 21 Violations

November 7, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a New Hampshire textiles company is facing $115,000 in fines for 21 serious violations of workplace safety standards at its Hampton plant.         

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