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Safety Scene: Industrial Explosions

May 28, 2013 8:05 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Since the catastrophic Imperial Sugar explosion, most food processors recognized some potential for combustible dust explosions and "deflagration," which refers to the catastrophic pressure wave caused by the startled cloud of dust triggered (and ignited) by the initial explosion. However, so many factors are at play that even comparable "baking" facilities may present widely varying amounts of problems, or none at all.

British Firms Face Ethical Dilemmas In Bangladesh

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

For the first time, Tesco, one of the largest retailers in the world, opened the doors to its factory in Bangladesh. ITV News visited a production center said to be ethically run. It manufactures many of the 40 million garments made in Bangladesh every year for the supermarket giant Tesco.

Study: No Higher Cancer Rate At CT Pratt Plants

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An 11-year study of the incidence of brain cancer at jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney in the state ended Thursday with university researchers saying they found no statistically significant elevations in the rate of cancer among workers.

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GM Recalling Cadillac SUVs To Tighten Wheels

May 23, 2013 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is recalling more than 27,000 Cadillac SUVs worldwide because the wheels can fall off. The company says the recall affects the 2013 Cadillac SRX with 18-inch wheels. Canadian safety regulators say the wheel nuts may not have been tightened enough at the factory.

Safety Board: ATF Blocking Plant Blast Probe

May 22, 2013 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal agents and the state fire marshal have effectively barred a federal safety panel from the site of a Texas fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people and injured about 200 others, hampering its investigation, the panel's chairman said.

High-Tech Startup Wades Into Gun Control

May 21, 2013 2:18 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved — and disable it remotely. The technology, but not an actual gun, was slated to be demonstrated Tuesday at a wireless technology conference in Las Vegas and was shown to The Associated Press in advance.

France: Drugmaker On Trial, Suspected In Deaths

May 21, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The makers of a diabetes and weight loss drug suspected in the deaths of hundreds of people went on trial Tuesday, facing charges they misled the public about the product's safety. But after years of delays in one of France's biggest recent health scandals, the proceedings could still be pushed back further.

Preparing To Succeed When Your Network Has Been Breached

May 21, 2013 8:00 am | by Jeff Multz, Director of North America Midmarket Sales, Dell SecureWorks | Articles | Comments

Since it’s almost certain that every organization will experience a cyber security incident at some time, you need to be well prepared in advance. According to the 2013 Verizon Data Breach report, 22 organizations, mainly in manufacturing and professional services, with only one to 100 employees became a victim to cyber espionage last year. And 23 firms, mainly in manufacturing with 101 to 1,000 employees, also were breached.

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United To Restart 787 Flights

May 20, 2013 2:38 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

United Airlines is getting its 787s back in the air. The planes are flying again after being grounded for four months because of smoldering batteries on 787s owned by other airlines. The incidents included an emergency landing of one plane, and a fire on another.

Texas Sues BP For Damages Related To Oil Spill

May 20, 2013 2:27 pm | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas on Friday became the fifth state to sue British oil company BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, seeking damages related to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The lawsuit is seeking lost tax revenue, lost revenue from state parks, damages to natural resources and civil penalties for each day that oil was spilled and for every barrel of oil that was illegally discharged.

Go Inside A Bangladeshi Garment Factory

May 20, 2013 11:59 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Garment factory owners struggle to shake off the stigma of poor working conditions after the tragic collapse of a rented facility that was not equipped for factory use. Garment workers now question how safe they are at their own factory jobs.

12 Dead In China Factory Explosion

May 20, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive blast ripped through an explosives factory Monday in eastern China, killing at least 12 people and leaving others buried in the debris, state media reported. Rescuers were take care to avoid setting off additional explosions as they went through the site of the mid-morning explosion in Shandong province's Caofan township, the China News Service said.

Flying Car Prototypes Grounded After Crash

May 17, 2013 12:47 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Transportation Safety Board says the U.S. manufacturer of flying cars has grounded all five of its prototypes until it can determine a cause for a recent crash in B.C. One of the Maverick flying cars crashed near a Vernon elementary school last week, leaving a pilot and a passenger with minor injuries.

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Cadillac Recalls SUVs In China

May 17, 2013 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's product safety agency says General Motors Co.'s main Chinese joint venture is recalling Cadillac SUVs to correct a problem with nuts that hold their wheels in place. The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said Friday that Shanghai GM will recall 2,653 imported Cadillac SRXs.

Small SUVs Struggle In Crash Test

May 17, 2013 12:30 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Five SUVs including the Hyundai Tuscon, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Buick Encore and Jeep Patriot earned poor ratings in a tough new crash test. Only two of 13 small SUVs performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group, with several popular models faring poorly in the evaluations.

Labor Group: Apple Making Progress At Foxconn

May 17, 2013 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group Apple Inc. joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are improving. But employees are still working more hours than the country's legal limit. The Fair Labor Association said Thursday that Apple's largest supplier, Foxconn, has made all recommended improvements to working conditions that were due by the end of December.

Authorities: Crime Not Ruled Out In TX Blast

May 17, 2013 11:18 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators working in the remnants of an exploded Texas fertilizer plant sifted by hand through untold kernels of corn, moved tons of debris and conducted more than 400 interviews, while searching for the missing piece to solve what many officials compared to an extraordinary puzzle. One month after a fire triggered a massive blast killing 15 people, officials on Thursday had to declare the cause of the blaze as "undetermined."

Only 2 Of 13 Small SUVs Do Well In Crash Tests

May 16, 2013 2:28 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Only two of 13 small SUVs performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group, with several popular models faring poorly in the evaluations. Fast-selling models such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Jeep Wrangler received only "marginal" or "poor" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Cambodian Shoe Factory Collapses, Kills 2

May 16, 2013 2:26 pm | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ceiling of a Cambodian factory that makes Asics sneakers collapsed on workers early Thursday, killing two people and injuring seven, in the latest accident spotlighting the often lethal safety conditions faced by those toiling in the global garment industry.

Trade Group Slams Safety Pact For Bangladesh

May 16, 2013 2:21 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The largest U.S. retail-industry group on Wednesday criticized an international pact aimed at improving factory conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry, saying it was a "one-size-fits-all" approach promoted by special interests. The five-year, legally binding contract requires them to help pay for fire safety and building improvements in Bangladesh.

IN Fertilizer Plant Operator Defends Safety

May 16, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The developer of a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant said Wednesday the project will be safe and not handle explosive materials like a Texas plant where a deadly explosion occurred last month. All of the products made at the Ohio Valley Resources LLC proposed for the Ohio River city of Rockport will be liquid, non-flammable and non-explosive, Fairfield, Ill.-based developer Doug Wilson said.

Man Electrocuted At St. Louis Co. Plant

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

A man is dead after being electrocuted at a manufacturing plant in St. Louis County. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that employees of St. Louis Cold Drawn Inc. arrived at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday and found the 55-year-old victim on the ground. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital and pronounced dead.

TX Plant Explosion Findings To Be Released

May 15, 2013 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal agents will release this week the findings of an investigation into a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant. The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will announce their findings on Thursday.

Foes Of IN Fertilizer Plant Cite TX Blast

May 15, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant are arguing that state officials should block the project because of dangers highlighted by last month's deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer manufacturer. An Illinois businessman is seeking permission to build a fertilizer plant projected to cost $950 million near the Ohio River city of Rockport.

TX Firefighters Focused Concern On Toxic Gases

May 15, 2013 10:13 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

When they saw 30-foot flames licking the sky inside a massive fertilizer plant, firefighters in this tiny Texas town rushed to evacuate nearby buildings and raced to spray water on tanks of chemicals, hoping to prevent a catastrophe. They didn't know, and probably could not imagine, that the plant would soon explode into a deadly fireball and lay waste to much of the community.

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