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White House Considering Oil Train Safety Upgrades

February 18, 2015 3:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil train that exploded in West Virginia met the industry's voluntary 2011 safety standards, but a growing number of accidents has the Obama administration considering tougher rules for tank cars. Here is a look at what's rolling on U.S. rails. 

Report: High Chemical Levels Found in Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 10:19 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group.

Oil Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions

February 18, 2015 9:56 am | by John Raby, Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

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The Relationship Between Workplace Safety and Product Safety

February 17, 2015 10:52 am | by Kenneth Ross | Articles | Comments

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.

Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises to 56

February 17, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll linked to crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 56.

U.S. Gov't Says Nearly 64M Vehicles Were Recalled Last Year

February 13, 2015 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the U.S. auto industry, 2014 was the year of the recall. Automakers issued 803 recalls totaling almost 64 million vehicles, more than double the old record from a decade ago, according to government figures.

Selecting the Right Ventilation for the Workplace

February 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Colin Riley, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Air moving equipment can be used to keep employees safe in multiple ways including ventilating toxic fumes, cooling employees to prevent heat stress and de-stratifying air in the winter to maintain a warm temperature.

Death Followed Jeep Recall

February 12, 2015 3:01 pm | Videos | Comments

More than a year after Chrysler issued recall of nearly 1.6 million Jeeps because of it rear-mounted gas tank, the position of the tank is blamed for a fiery crash that killed a pregnant woman on a suburban Detroit freeway.

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Kidde Recalling Nearly 5M Disposable Fire Extinguishers

February 12, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kidde is recalling nearly 5 million disposable fire extinguishers because they may not discharge properly, posing a risk of injury.

Report: Children's Product Manufacturers Largely Don't Report Recalls on Social Media

February 11, 2015 10:32 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Manufacturers who produce children's products that have been placed under recall largely aren't using social media to inform consumers about those safety issues, a consumer watchdog group has found.

Take it From Freedom Industries: How NOT to Handle a Major Chemical Accident

February 11, 2015 10:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

It’d be a comedy of errors if it was funny. But for the former executives of Freedom Industries, there hasn’t been much to laugh about since the Jan. 9 2014 spill into the Elk River that catapulted them into the spotlight.

Autopsy Finds Texas Man was Killed by Exploding Air Bag

February 10, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An autopsy has found that a metal disc from a defective air bag sliced into a Texas man's neck and killed him after a low-speed car accident last month near Houston.                         

Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 2:28 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises to 52

February 9, 2015 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of 52 people killed in crashes caused by faulty General Motors small-car ignition switches will receive millions in compensation from a company fund.                         

Pepperidge Farm Recalls 46,000 Bagel Packages

February 9, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pepperidge Farm is recalling about 46,000 packages of bagels because they may contain peanuts or almonds that could set off a serious allergic reaction.                             

Steelworkers To Expand Strike to 2 BP Refineries in Midwest

February 9, 2015 9:35 am | by David Koenig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. Workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

Land Rover, Jaguar Will Recall 104,000 Vehicles

February 9, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Land Rover and Jaguar are recalling 104,000 vehicles because of problems with the brakes and lights.The largest recall involves a brake-hose issue that Jaguar Land Rover North America studied and dismissed, only to reopen after an accident.   

Refinery Negotiations Suspended Until Monday, White House Speaks Out

February 6, 2015 4:22 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The national strike by refinery workers will extend to at least next Monday, after negotiations between the United Steelworkers (USW) and a group of employers stalled Friday.                      

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 5, 2015 6:00 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week, the ‘Winner and Loser’ are both in the automotive sector, however, that’s where their similarities end. Check out who earned the titles of 'Winner' and 'Loser' this week.                    

Regulators: Design Flaws Led To DuPont Plant Deadly Gas Leak

February 5, 2015 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say problems in the design of a network of pipes and valves at a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant contributed to a poisonous gas leak that killed four workers in November.                 

Europe's ATR in Focus Again After 2nd Taiwan Air Disaster

February 5, 2015 4:44 pm | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

European aircraft maker ATR is in the spotlight again after the dramatic crash Wednesday of a TransAsia Airways turboprop into a river in Taiwan. It's the second time in seven months that a TransAsia ATR has been involved in a fatal accident.   

Taiwan Plane Crash Survivor Says Engine 'Did Not Feel Right'

February 5, 2015 10:35 am | by Ralph Jennings, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The exact reason for the Taiwan plane crash is still unknown, but most believe the answer lies with the engine. One survivor explained that "the engine did not feel right," and prior to the crash, the pilot told the control tower that the engine was experiening 'flameout.' 

Takata Expects Worse Red Ink Amid Global Air-Bag Woes

February 5, 2015 9:44 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Takata Corp., the Japanese seat belt and air-bag maker at the center of a defect scandal, is expecting more red ink for the fiscal year through March.                             

Exposure to Common Pesticide Linked to ADHD

February 5, 2015 9:34 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

A pesticide that’s often used in and around homes across the U.S. has now been linked to an increased risk of ADHD.                                       

Death Reported at Altoids and Life Savers Plant

February 4, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Chattanooga Wrigley Manufacturing plant, the home of Altoids and Life Savers, has had a reputation for being dangerous; however it seems to have solidified it this past week when a 54-year old man died on the job, making it the second employee death at the plant within the last 16 months.

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