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Crown Equipment Promotes National Forklift Safety Day

June 10, 2014 11:23 am | by Crown Equipment Corporation | News | Comments

According to the ITA, National Forklift Safety Day serves “as a focal point for manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts and importance of operator training. This day provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, policymakers and the administration on forklift operating safety practices.”

Pratt & Whitney Canada Sued Over Fatal Crash

June 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

An engine manufacturer in Canada is to blame for a small plane's ocean landing and the death of Hawaii's former health director, her brother said in a lawsuit filed Monday.                       

Walmart: Truck in Morgan Crash Had Crash Prevention System

June 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Walmart truck involved in the accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another passenger in his limo bus had a system designed to slow the truck's speed and notify the driver of stopped traffic ahead.          

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Report Calls for More Protection for Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on Friday vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.       

GM Recalls 89K Vehicles

June 9, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling more than 89,000 autos because of air bag defects and other problems.                                            

Summer Is Here: Preventing Heat Stress on the Job

June 5, 2014 5:07 pm | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC | Articles | Comments

Extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.   

Dealing With "Fast-Breaking" Crisis Situations in Your Plant

June 5, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International | Articles | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                 

GM: Incompetence and Negligence Led to Recall

June 5, 2014 1:43 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors says a pattern of incompetence and neglect, not a larger conspiracy or cover-up, is to blame for a long-delayed recall of defective ignition switches.                         

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GM Launching Compensation Program for Crash Victims

June 5, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it will launch a compensation program for crash victims or their families as a result of faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths that prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars.             

Safety Board Faults Key Device in BP Oil Spill

June 5, 2014 1:32 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. board's investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.         

3 Key Questions About the GM Recall Report

June 5, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Why the recall delay happened — and who is responsible — should be revealed Thursday, when a report by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas is made public.                           

5 Most Notorious Auto Recalls

June 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

From the Ford Pinto to Toyota's 'sticky' gas pedals, here's a list of the most infamous recalls in automobile history.                                      

New Smart Car Tech Already Saving Lives

June 4, 2014 1:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

New technology that automates a lot of the driving is already saving lives. Safety advocates want it mandatory in all new cars.                                   

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GM Will Release Recall Report on Thursday

June 4, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it will release the results of an outside attorney's investigation into its mishandled recall of small cars on Thursday morning.                             

Your Motto: Be Prepared

June 4, 2014 9:58 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

The scary thing about emergency preparedness is that you need to be prepared for anything. For many manufacturers, this applies not only to protecting your equipment and your productivity, but also your people.            

Safety Was Low Priority in GM Hierarchy

June 3, 2014 2:16 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

To understand how General Motors allowed a problem with a small part to balloon into a crisis, look at the company's organization chart.                                 

Airline Group Will Recommend Plane Tracking Options

June 2, 2014 9:41 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An organization representing airlines worldwide will offer a list of recommendations in September to improve the tracking of aircraft after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the group's director said Monday.        

10 Safety Tips for Operating Aerial Lifts

May 30, 2014 11:50 am | by Terex Corporation | Articles | Comments

The following operating tips are critical steps that a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) operator can take to reduce the likelihood of a potentially deadly fall.                         

Japan Oil Tanker Explodes

May 30, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured.                

Ford Recalls 1.4M Vehicles

May 30, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling 1.4 million SUVs and cars in North America to fix steering, rust and floor mat problems.                                          

Documents Show GM Delayed Another Recall

May 30, 2014 9:07 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors recalled a small number of Pontiac G6 midsize cars to fix a faulty brake light system in 2009, yet waited more than five years to call back over 2 million other cars with the same system.              

Hard Hat Light Increases Visibility

May 29, 2014 4:38 pm | by ILLUMAGEAR | Product Releases | Comments

The Halo Light is designed specifically for a hard hat, lighting the entire task area without adjustment.

Crash Avoidance Systems Improving

May 29, 2014 2:34 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests 24 large and midsize vehicles equipped with systems to help prevent or limit front crash danger.                               

NHTSA: Car, Truck Crashes Cost Whopping $871B

May 29, 2014 1:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The study examined the economic toll of car and truck crashes in 2010, when 32,999 people were killed, 3.9 million injured and 24 million vehicles damaged.                            

8 Vehicles Get Top Rating for Collision Warning

May 29, 2014 9:23 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the only non-luxury car to earn the highest safety rating in new tests of high-tech crash prevention systems.                                 

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