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Jury Awards $39M In Fatal Wis. Garage Panel Fall

November 22, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury Thursday found manufacturer Advance Cast Stone mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee parking garage panel that killed a teenager and injured two others in 2010.                    

New Calif. Chemical Flame Retardant Rules Adopted

November 22, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California on Thursday adopted new flammability standards for furniture and other products that would allow manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants.  Gov. Jerry Brown said the new standards were a badly needed update to nearly 40-year-old rules.

Bangladesh To Inspect Safety Of Garment Factories

November 21, 2013 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Bangladesh will begin inspecting its export-oriented garment factories to assess the building structures and how safe they are from fire and electrical accidents. The Labor Ministry said Thursday that the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology will inspect the factories using standards accepted by the government, factory owners and international buyers.

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Kia Recalling About 80,000 Vans To Fix Suspensions

November 21, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 80,000 minivans in the U.S. because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles.  The recall affects Sedona minivans from 2006 through 2012. They were sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

Gov't To Require Seat Belts On Large Buses

November 20, 2013 1:54 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say they will require that new tour buses and buses that carry passengers on scheduled routes between cities be equipped with seat belts. It's a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century.   

J&J To Pay $2.5B To Settle Hip Replacement Suits

November 20, 2013 9:50 am | by John Seewer and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said late Tuesday that it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries.     

OSHA Cites Tyson Plant In Buffalo

November 20, 2013 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration alleges workplace safety violations at a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Buffalo, N.Y. OSHA said Tuesday that inspectors found that plant workers are exposed to electrocution, burns and potential falls. The agency is proposing a $121,720 fine.

Mass. Backs Stiff Fines For Corporate Manslaughter

November 19, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts is close to changing a nearly 200-year-old law that limits to $1,000 the penalty for corporate manslaughter.The House unanimously approved a bill on Monday that would allow for fines of up to $250,000 against companies convicted of criminally negligent behavior that results in death.

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Listeria Victims' Families Meeting With Farmers

November 19, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department in Denver says two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges related to a deadly listeria outbreak are meeting with family members of people who died. Jeffrey Dorschner said the meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, but it will be private at an undisclosed location.

Ford To Inspect 386,000 Cars For Steering Trouble

November 19, 2013 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. will inspect 386,000 large sedans in the U.S. to make sure they don't have a steering problem that caused a recall in August.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Ford will check 2005 through 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles that weren't included in the August recall.

U.S. Safety Agency Opens Probe Into Tesla Fires

November 19, 2013 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Administration says fires broke out in two of the cars in the U.S. after the undercarriage hit metal road debris. The debris pierced the batteries and caused a thermal reaction and fires. In each case, the car warned the driver of the damage, and both escaped without getting hurt.

Workers Sent To Hospital After Leak At Ark. Plant

November 18, 2013 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville.                               

Milwaukee Food Plant Stops Production Amid Recalls

November 18, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Garden-Fresh has recalled tons of products in eight separate recalls since the end of August. The first was announced Aug. 30, after routine sampling of retail products by Michigan food safety officials detected Listeria bacteria.      

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Boeing Plane Crashes In Russia, 50 Killed

November 18, 2013 10:13 am | by Jim Heintz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Russian air crashes have been blamed on the use of aging aircraft, but industry experts point to a number of other problems, including poor crew training, crumbling airports, lax government controls and widespread neglect of safety in the pursuit of profits.

Colo. Mine Accident Kills 2, Injures 20

November 18, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are trying to determine exactly what sort of accident occurred in a mine in southwestern Colorado that left two miners dead of carbon monoxide poisoning and injured 20 others.                  

Wal-Mart: 10 Bangladesh Factories Failed Audits

November 18, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The retailer hired Bureau Veritas to check some 200 factories it uses in Bangladesh after the April collapse of the Rana Plaza building killed more than 1,100 people and highlighted often grim conditions in the country's garment industry.

Promoters See Technology As Key To Gun Safety

November 18, 2013 9:50 am | by Robert Miller, The News-Times | News | Comments

The California-based Smart Tech Foundation, announced last week it was offering a $1 million prize to innovators who could come up with the best new way to make guns safer.                       

GM To Recall Nearly 60,000 Chevy Malibus

November 15, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling nearly 60,000 Chevy Malibu midsize cars to fix window defrosters that may not work and power seat wiring that can catch fire.The largest of the recalls covers more than 44,000 Malibus from the 2014 model year.   

November/December 2013: Visual Analysis

November 15, 2013 1:23 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we tour a corn milling facility in Missouri, discuss new maintenance technologies, highlight some products from the National Safety Council's Congress & Expo, and talk to experts about hand safety in the manufacturing industry.  

Official: Tesla Factory Had Previous Violation

November 15, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco Bay Area Tesla factory where three workers were burned by hot metal was previously cited for a safety violation that led to an injury, a state official said Thursday. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined Tesla $2,700 last year for a serious violation at the Fremont factory that was uncovered during an accident investigation.

Fire Damages Detroit Chemical Company

November 15, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit company that makes adhesives, paint, primers and sealants was heavily damaged Thursday by a blaze that forced authorities to evacuate surrounding homes and a nearby elementary school.  The fire started early Thursday afternoon at Chemical Technology Inc.'s offices and warehouse.

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.                              

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.                      

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