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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.

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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.

Fire At Mexican Gas Facility Kills 5

October 16, 2013 1:51 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Five people are dead following a fire at a privately operated LP gas distribution plant in central Mexico.                              

FDA: Antibiotic Recalled Due To Visible Particles

October 16, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. government health officials are alerting doctors to the recall of an injectable antibiotic made by B. Braun Medical Inc., due to floating particles found in vials of the drug.            

Uneven Enforcement Suspected At Nuclear Plants

October 16, 2013 9:39 am | by Jeff Donn, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The number of safety violations at U.S. nuclear power plants varies dramatically from region to region, pointing to inconsistent enforcement in an industry now operating mostly beyond its original 40-year licenses, according to a congressional study awaiting release.

Conair Recalls 570K Infiniti Pro Hair Dryers

October 15, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Conair is recalling approximately 570,000 of its Infiniti Pro by Conairâ hair dryers because they can short out and start a fire or burn someone.                  

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DuPont Pioneers Food Safety Testing Process

October 14, 2013 9:06 am | by Cori Anne Natoli, The News Journal | News | Comments

Inside the labs of DuPont's Nutrition and Health business at the Experimental Station, a team of scientists in Delaware whose life work is rooted in improving food safety testing technologies advance the BAX system, which the firm invented to detect foodborne pathogens, including salmonella, listeria and E. coli.

Texas Fertilizer Plant Cited For Safety Lapses

October 10, 2013 1:35 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas company that operated a fertilizer plant where a thunderous explosion in April killed 15 people is facing $118,300 in fines for two dozen serious safety violations, including a failure to have an emergency response plan, federal officials said Thursday.

Auto Recalls On Hold During Gov't Shutdown

October 10, 2013 1:32 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lives and property are at greater risk because auto recalls and investigations of safety defects have been put on hold during the partial government shutdown, safety advocates said.             

Worker Dies In Louisiana Plant Accident

October 9, 2013 2:05 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Deputies say Pollard became pinned between two large pipes, as one rolled forward during the course of his work. The plant makes steel pipe for the oil and gas industry.              

Hawaii Wants Diet Supplement Removed After Illnesses

October 9, 2013 9:16 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hawaii Department of Health and federal agencies are warning the public to stop using a diet supplement and have asked retailers to take the product off the shelves after reports of hepatitis and liver failure around the state, including one death.

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Pilots, Airline Fault Equipment In Asiana Crash

October 9, 2013 9:03 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco in July, as well as the airline, are raising the possibility that a key device that controls the Boeing 777's speed may have malfunctioned, an aviation expert familiar with the investigation into the crash said Tuesday.

Water Injection Pump For Damaged Fukushima Reactor Halts

October 7, 2013 1:53 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that a pump to inject water into one of the severely damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant halted Monday, possibly due to a problem at a power switchboard.       

18 Safety Citations Issued At Ga. Plant Since 2009

October 7, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Representatives of a car parts manufacturing company say they've remedied several issues and have increased training after receiving the most federal safety violations in Georgia.                    

Worker Dies Of Head Injury At W.Va. Coal Mine

October 7, 2013 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unidentified worker died of a head injury Friday at CONSOL Energy's McElroy mine in Marshall County, and the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said it was investigating.         

Changes In Chemical Management Part 3: Best Practices & Technology

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline | Articles | Comments

In order to appreciate where we are today, it’s helpful to understand the evolution of chemical compliance. Prior to 1970, chemical management was nearly non-existent. Then came OSHA and the EPA, setting the United States on a path toward greater workplace safety and environmental conscientiousness.

Ford Recalls Focus Electric, C-Max To Fix Chime

October 4, 2013 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 24,000 cars because a chime won't sound if the driver's door is opened while the key is inside the car. The recall in the U.S. and Canada affects Ford Focus electric cars from 2012 and 2013, and the C-Max hybrid from the 2013 model year. The cars have push-button starting mechanisms.

Third Guilty Plea Expected In Explosives Case

October 3, 2013 2:22 pm | by Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosives recycling company employee is expected to plead guilty this month in the investigation into the handling of millions of pounds of military propellant blamed for the evacuation of a Louisiana town, a district attorney said Thursday.

Chrysler Recalling 142,000 Pickups, SUVs

October 3, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 142,000 pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide because of software glitches that could affect instrument cluster lighting and braking systems. Around 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and 10,800 Ram pickup trucks from the 2014 model year are affected.

OSHA Unveils Top 10 Safety Violations

October 2, 2013 2:01 pm | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

Once again, Fall Protection tops the list of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s most-cited workplace safety violations. The presentation of the Top 10 was given before a crowded group of spectators today on the Expo floor at the 2013 National Safety Council Congress & Expo.

Toyota Acceleration Trial Draws To A Close

October 1, 2013 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury could begin deliberating as early as Tuesday to determine whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be held liable for the death of a California woman who was killed when her Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.  

OSHA Cites Manufacturer After Fatal Forklift Accident

October 1, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials have cited an upstate New York manufacturer for 16 safety violations after a fatal forklift accident. National Pipe and Plastics, Inc. of Vestal has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for serious violations of workplace health and safety standards.

Subaru's Crash Avoidance Tech Ranks First

October 1, 2013 1:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the results of its first crash avoidance test for several car models. Both the Subaru Outback and Legacy received the highest ratings, while the Infiniti JX performed poorly.       

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