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New Wrench Engineered to Prevent Injuries

November 4, 2013 10:29 am | by Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | News | Comments

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has developed a new wrench aimed at preventing serious and costly injuries among gas-meter technicians.  In some cases, the injuries have required shoulder surgery and have resulted in up to $100,000 in medical bills and lost work days according to researchers.  

Suit Claims Fire Caused By NH-Made Light Bulb

November 4, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit that alleges a defective light bulb manufactured in New Hampshire caused a fire at a Kimberly-Clark de Mexico paper mill in Mexico has been moved from state to federal court.                   

No Contamination Near Ohio Cancer Cluster

November 1, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool Corp. says extensive soil tests show no evidence of illegal dumping or widespread contamination in an area of northern Ohio where children were among dozens of people who have been sickened in a cancer cluster.         

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Woman Killed In Blast At Ga. Manufacturing Plant

October 31, 2013 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating a deadly explosion at a manufacturing plant in the northwest Georgia town of Rockmart.  Polk County Coroner Lester Litesey III tells The Associated Press that 56-year-old Elaine Davidson of Rockmart died in the blast.

Wyo. OSHA Seeks $700K In Penalties Vs. Sinclair

October 30, 2013 10:06 am | by by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

 State safety regulators announced Tuesday they are seeking $707,000 in fines against Sinclair Oil Corp. after alleging 22 safety violations at the company's refinery in south-central Wyoming, including a toxic gas release that sickened dozens of workers in May.

MSC Adds 3K Safety Products

October 29, 2013 9:35 am | by MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. | News | Comments

MSC Industrial Supply Co. has added more than 3,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) and facility safety products to its safety portfolio.                             

DuPont Sued Over Cancer

October 28, 2013 2:26 pm | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press | News | Comments

The recent litigation is the latest in a years-long battle between DuPont and residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley, in the heart of Appalachia along the Ohio River.               

Hand Held Lights For Hazardous Environments

October 28, 2013 9:47 am | by Streamlight, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Each light has a 210 degree articulating head that rotates a full 360 degrees, and a removable magnet with 135- pound pull strength that attaches to most contoured steel surfaces.

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Extended Cuff Nitrile Glove

October 28, 2013 9:43 am | by Sempermed | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The textured fingertips provide a grip that allows for complete control in both wet and dry environments, and the extended cuff provides extra protection to the wrist and lower forearm.

Officials Investigating Death At Wrigley Plant

October 28, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Occupational safety officials are investigating Chattanooga's Wrigley Manufacturing plant after a 34-year-old woman died there.                     

Government Investigating Jeep Liberty Fire Reports

October 25, 2013 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is investigating Jeep Liberty SUVs after two reports of fires in the driver's side doors.                       

FDA Proposes Rules To Make Animal Food Safer

October 25, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer.                 

1 Dead, 40 Hurt In Mexican Candy Factory Explosion

October 25, 2013 9:32 am | by Ricardo Chavez, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion inside a candy factory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities said.                

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Feds Won't Investigate Tesla Electric Car Fire

October 25, 2013 9:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators have decided not to open a formal investigation into the Oct. 2 fire that damaged a Tesla electric car near Seattle.                  

NH Gunpowder Plant Owner Convicted In Fatal Blast

October 24, 2013 2:32 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The owner of a gunpowder plant where an explosion shook nearby buildings and killed two workers was convicted on Wednesday of negligent homicide and manslaughter.                

Suzuki Recalling 210,228 Motorcycles

October 23, 2013 11:50 am | by AP | News | Comments

Older brake fluid and corrosion of the brake piston inside the front brake master cylinder can form a gas that reduces fluid pressure transmission to the front brake.                         

Nissan Recalls Over 188,000 SUVs To Fix Brakes

October 23, 2013 11:48 am | by AP | News | Comments

The recall covers some Nissan Pathfinders from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the 2013 Infiniti JX35 and its successor model, the 2014 QX60.                             

Court: Studies Understated Samsung Health Hazards

October 23, 2013 9:36 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean court said studies conducted to evaluate safety at Samsung chip factories failed to fully examine workplace health hazards, undermining the electronics giant's efforts to distance itself from claims that its manufacturing plants caused fatal cancers.

Monsanto Calls Glyphosate 'Safe' After AP Report

October 23, 2013 9:34 am | by Michael Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers, in response to an Associated Press report about concerns that illegal pesticide applications are harming human health in Argentina.

OSHA Proposes $280K In Fines Over NH Power Plant

October 22, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department's OSHA has proposed more than $280,000 in fines against contractors working on a power plant in Berlin, N.H.                    

Government Investigates Hyundai Brake Problems

October 21, 2013 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of brake problems on Hyundai Genesis full-size luxury cars.                       

Toyota Recalls 803K Vehicles For Air Bag Defect

October 18, 2013 12:45 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Toyota says water from the air conditioning condenser can leak onto the air bag control module and cause a short circuit. That could illuminate the air bag warning light, disable the air bag or cause the air bags to deploy inadvertently.

Estimate: New Waste Landfill Would Cost $817M

October 18, 2013 12:32 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy says a new Oak Ridge landfill for hazardous and radioactive wastes would cost roughly $817 million — a figure that's cheaper than shipping the material to an off-site disposal facility. The department estimates that shipping out the wastes would cost almost three times that much.

Boston Scientific, Guidant To Pay $30M Settlement

October 18, 2013 9:26 am | News | Comments

The Justice Department says Boston Scientific Corp. and its Guidant subsidiaries will pay $30 million to settle allegations that Guidant knowingly sold defective heart devices that health care facilities implanted in Medicare patients from 2002 to 2005.

Parts Didn't Breach Failed Airline Engine's Casing

October 18, 2013 9:19 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The outer casing of an engine that failed aboard a Spirit Airlines plane earlier this week wasn't breached by parts from inside the engine, contrary to initial reports provided to the National Transportation Safety Board, the board said Thursday.

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