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Workmanship Blamed For 2011 Tear In 737's Roof

September 30, 2013 10:32 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A National Transportation Safety Board report blames shoddy workmanship for an in-flight tear in the roof of a Southwest Airlines plane in 2011. The Boeing 737-300 was en route from Phoenix to Sacramento, Calif., on April 1, 2011, when a 5-foot-long gash opened in the fuselage.

Trial Set For VT Owner Of NH Gunpowder Plant

September 30, 2013 10:27 am | by Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a New Hampshire gun powder plant where two workers died in a 2010 explosion will argue in court that he cannot be guilty of manslaughter and negligent homicide because he was at a gun show in North Carolina when the fatal explosion occurred. The trial of 64-year-old Craig Sanborn, of Maidstone, Vt., starts Monday in Coos Superior Court in Lancaster.

Stand Out With Excellent On-Site Safety

September 30, 2013 8:01 am | by Konecranes | Articles | Comments

Though the foregoing examples focus primarily on how a strong safety culture can impress and reassure customers, the chief impetus behind building a strong safety culture is to protect a company’s most valuable asset: its employees.      

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Toyota Recalls 615,000 Sienna Minivans

September 27, 2013 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 615,000 Sienna minivans in the U.S. because they can inadvertently shift out of park and roll away. The recall involves Siennas from the 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 models years. Toyota said Thursday that the shift locking device can potentially be damaged.

Justice Department Spent Nearly $5M On Drones

September 27, 2013 2:15 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI has been using drones to support its law enforcement operations since 2006 and has spent more than $3M on the unmanned aircraft, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said. The disclosure came in a new report by the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, who revealed that the department also has awarded $1.26M to at least seven local police departments and nonprofit organization for drones.

7 Cars Get Top Rating In High-Tech Safety Test

September 27, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions. The Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60 won "superior" ratings in tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Changes In Chemical Management Part 2: GHS Training Deadline Is Now!

September 27, 2013 8:01 am | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline | Articles | Comments

Some might question why OSHA wants employees trained on the changes a year and half before chemical manufacturers and distributors have to make them, and the answer is because OSHA wants employees familiar with new label elements and the new safety data sheet format before they encounter them in the workplace. 

Nissan Recalls 908,900 Vehicles For Sensor Problem

September 26, 2013 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. recalled 908,900 vehicles around the world Thursday for defective accelerator sensors that could cause the engine to stall. The recall affects the Serena minivan, Infiniti M luxury model, X-trail sport utility vehicle and other models, the automaker said. No accidents have been reported related to the problem.

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Car Gadgets Turn Dashboards Into Computers

September 26, 2013 1:18 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

New technology is making the driver's seat look more like an office chair, making the dashboard into your computer. Car companies say these improvements are helping them stay competitive, but others think this auto technology is just a built-in distraction for drivers.

Hastings Plant Cited For Several Safety Violations

September 25, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency is proposing nearly $133,000 in fines for a Hastings cold storage plant, alleging more than a dozen safety violations. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a news release that workers were exposed to anhydrous ammonia at the Nebraska Cold Storage Inc. plant.

Worker Rescued After Getting Stuck In Tank Of Tar

September 23, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker at a Florida asphalt plant has been rescued after getting stuck in a tank of tar. The Florida Times-Union reports the 45-year-old man was using a steel cutter inside the tank Friday afternoon at Atlantic Coast Asphalt in Jacksonville.

Violence Continues Over Pay Hikes In Bangladesh

September 23, 2013 9:56 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas Monday in the third day of clashes with thousands of garment workers demanding better minimum wages amid escalating tension over the country's main export business. Police said the violence mainly took place in the Gazipur and Savar Industrial zones, just outside the capital of Dhaka. 

Senator Concerned About Apple's Fingerprint Tech

September 20, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Al Franken is concerned about Apple's use of fingerprint recognition technology in its new iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S, which went on sale Friday, includes a fingerprint sensor that lets users tap the phone's home button to unlock their phone, rather than enter a passcode.

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Employee Sues MO Utility Over Hazardous Materials

September 20, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An employee of Empire District Electric Co. alleges in a lawsuit that the utility exposed its employees to asbestos and other hazardous materials at a plant in southeast Missouri. The lawsuit, filed last week in Jasper County Circuit Court by Les Rider, of Diamond, seeks class-action status for employees who worked at the utility's Riverton plant. 

Changes In Chemical Management Part 1: OSHA Adopts GHS

September 20, 2013 8:01 am | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline | Articles | Comments

Today over 43 million workers in over 5 million workplaces are covered by the HazCom Standard, which means OSHA’s adoption of GHS creates compliance issues that extend far and wide into American workplaces, especially  industrial facilities. The biggest changes that companies in the United States will see thanks to GHS adoption are to chemical classification, labels and safety data sheets.

Evacuations Ordered After Blasts At OK Plant

September 19, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters are battling a fire and officials are ordering nearby areas evacuated after a fire and explosions rocked a manufacturing site northwest of Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City television station News 9 reports early Thursday that police confirm explosions hit a Danlin facility near the town of Thomas.

Volvo Trucks - The Hamster Stunt

September 18, 2013 2:21 pm | by VolvoTrucks | Videos | Comments

Can a hamster drive a 15-ton truck? Watch cute little Charlie steer a brand new Volvo FMX in a rough quarry. Will he make it to the top? This is a daring test of the latest steering system. One that's so easy to handle you can steer a heavy truck with your fingertips. 

The Gray Shift Part 2: Using Ergonomy To Retain Valuable Older Workers

September 18, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

To address coming workforce demographic changes, employers must create a corporate culture that promotes both safety and wellness. Healthy workers and a safe workspace reduce costs and increase productivity, so these efforts will be repaid fully.

Save Your Back

September 17, 2013 4:24 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

From repetitive motion to lifting risks, the warehouse presents many challenges to personnel safety. Repetitive motion of any type, when sustained, can result in injury, says the president of Hamilton Caster. “Manufacturers can help reduce injuries by providing equipment that eliminates risky motions, such as reaching too far to position products for transit, and by observing best ergonomic practices for working height.

Feet On The Floor

September 17, 2013 4:20 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The risk of slips and falls is one every business must face, but industrial environments contend with the added challenge of preventing significantly more dangerous incidents. With heavy machinery, rotating equipment, sharp corners, and other various dangers around every corner, it’s critical manufacturers stress safety… and what better place to start than the floors.

The Gray Shift Part 1: An Aging Workforce Creates New Workplace Injury Issues

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

The median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.

Suzuki Recalling Vehicles For Air Bag Defect

September 16, 2013 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Suzuki is recalling 193,936 cars and SUVs because of a defective air bag sensor in the front passenger seat. Grand Vitara SUVs from the 2006 through 2011 model years and SX4 small cars from the 2007 through 2011 model years are involved. Sensor mats measure passengers' weight and determine if the air bag should deploy. 

Fire Put Out In Bangladesh Factory, No Casualties

September 16, 2013 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire broke out Sunday in a garment factory in Bangladesh's capital, but the blaze was extinguished before it could spread and there were no casualties, an official said. The fire broke out on the top floor of a six-story building in Dhaka where bundles of clothes were kept, fire official Sheikh Mizanur Rahman said.

ME Man Awarded $489K For Workplace Injury

September 13, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has awarded a Maine man $489,000 for injuries he suffered while performing welding work at a trash-to-energy plant. Attorney Peter Clifford says a York County Superior Court jury on Wednesday awarded damages to 48-year-old Joseph Bordeau, from the western Maine town of Mexico.

Death Toll From Chinese Explosion Rises To 7

September 11, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in a southern Chinese city said Wednesday that a deadly explosion was sparked while workers unloaded banned caps for children's toy guns and that the toll from the blast rose to seven dead and 36 injured. Tuesday's blast was ruled accidental, the Guangzhou Internet Information office said.

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