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Pneumatic Conveying Systems Health & Safety: Exploring ROI, Part 1

July 24, 2013 8:02 am | by Doan Pendleton, VP of VAC-U-MAX | Articles | Comments

Workplace injuries in any organization take a bite out of profits. The statistics regarding the number of injuries and illnesses that occur on the job and purported annual costs of $250B is astronomical. In the goods producing industry, which accounts for account for 35 percent of all occupational illness and injury cases, “manual materials handling is the principal source of compensable injuries,” according to OSHA.

47 Rescued From Gulf Rig After Gas Blowout

July 23, 2013 2:34 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Natural gas flowed uncontrolled from a well off the Louisiana coast on Tuesday after a blowout that forced the evacuation of 47 workers aboard a drilling rig, authorities said. No injuries or fires were reported. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said inspectors flying over the site Tuesday saw a light sheen covering an area about a half-mile by 50 feet. However, it was dissipating quickly.

Toyota Sudden Acceleration Case Begins In CA

July 23, 2013 10:20 am | by Greg Risling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first so-called "bellwether" case could determine whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be held liable for sudden unintended acceleration in its vehicles — a claim made by motorists that plagued the Japanese automaker and led to lawsuits, settlements and recalls of millions of its cars and SUVs.

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Convenient, Efficient, Green Maintenance Chemicals

July 22, 2013 2:55 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial manufacturers across the world need to stay efficient, productive, and safe in an ever-increasing competitive global market. They turn to industrial cleaners and degreasers to quickly and effectively sanitize and disinfect, improve the appearance of their facility, prepare surfaces for plating or adhesive bonding, eliminate the potential for contamination, and more.

FAA Wants Dreamliner Transmitters Inspected

July 22, 2013 1:58 pm | by Joan Lowy, Joshua Freed, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airlines should inspect the emergency locator transmitters of all Boeing 787 "Dreamliners," the Federal Aviation Administration urged Friday following a fire earlier in the week aboard one of the airliners while parked at London's Heathrow Airport.

Feds Probe Worker Safety At GA Auto Parts Maker

July 22, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities are questioning working conditions at a Georgia auto parts plant for the eighth time in four years, this time in connection with a worker's death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an inquiry of Sewon American in LaGrange after someone submitted a complaint of excessive heat same the same day Teresa Pickard died, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Fire Damages PA Chemical Plant; No Injuries

July 22, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire has damaged a chemical plant in central Pennsylvania, but officials say the blaze posed no risk to the nearby community. The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports the fire broke out Sunday morning at the Lonza Inc. plant in Williamsport. The company says the fire started in a part of the facility that's a non-hazardous manufacturing area.

5 Injured In Electrical Explosion At Iowa Plant

July 22, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are trying to determine what caused an explosion that injured five people performing electrical work at a manufacturing plant in northwest Iowa. The Osceola County Sheriff's office says the explosion happened at the Timewell Tile plant in Sibley, Iowa, Saturday morning while workers were switching some power lines to a newer transformer.

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Fertilizer Industry Grows Despite Safety Concerns

July 19, 2013 9:37 am | by David Mercer, Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cronus Chemicals wants to build a $1.2B plant on a cornfield that would manufacture nitrogen-based fertilizer, a staple of the corn and soybean farms that fill the landscape around Tuscola, a community of 4,500 people about 160 miles south of Chicago. Similar projects are being proposed across the nation, driven by booming demand for corn and newly abundant supplies of natural gas.

Death By iPhone Not Likely, Say China's Microbloggers

July 18, 2013 4:52 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Apple in investigating reports that a woman in China died after being electrocuted by her iPhone. The alleged electrocution of a Chinese woman who made a call while charging her iPhone has some netizens looking to Apple and others conducting their own tests. Reuters' Anita Li looks at the online response.

OSHA Cites Ford's Buffalo Plant Over Asbestos

July 18, 2013 4:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials have cited Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo-area plant for alleged asbestos violations. The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines of $41,800. OSHA officials say inspectors found eight violations. One involved a pipefitter who they say was exposed to asbestos while working on a steam line.

Security Experts To Test Phone Anti-Theft Locks

July 18, 2013 2:19 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York say they are bringing in state and federal security experts to test the newest anti-theft features designed to thwart the surge of stolen smartphones nationwide. Security experts will be in San Francisco to test Apple's iPhone 5 with its activation lock and Samsung's Galaxy s4 with Lojack for Android.

Inside A 777 Flight Simulator

July 18, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A simulator attempts to re-create what the Asiana Flight 214 crew experienced when they attempted to land at San Francisco International Airport, but crashed. Instructor Kareem Fahmi takes us through shutting off the autopilot and landing the aircraft at the right speed and height for descent.

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Death By iPhone Electrocution?

July 18, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple in investigating reports that a woman in China died after being electrocuted by her iPhone. The woman allegedly died after being electrocuted when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 as it was charging. Apple says that it will "fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter."

Lew On U.S. Workers Competing With China

July 17, 2013 1:03 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that cyber theft is a real problem in China that "has to stop." It is a competitive world, Lew says, but despite problems, the United States has emerged strongest from the recession, which shows that the United States remains among the strongest and largest economies in the world.

Law Firm To Sue Boeing Over Asiana Crash

July 17, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chicago law firm has taken steps to sue Boeing Co. on behalf of 83 people who were aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco earlier this month, alleging that a malfunction of the plane's auto throttle may have caused the crash.

OSHA: NY Factory Agrees To Fine After Explosion

July 16, 2013 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal workplace safety authorities say an upstate New York copper wire manufacturer has agreed to pay nearly $33,000 in fines after an explosion injured an employee. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Tecnofil Chenango SAC will also take additional steps to address safety concerns.

TX Town Ponders Future After Plant Explosion

July 16, 2013 10:13 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a massive fertilizer plant explosion devastated this rural town in April, local teachers and administrators did what they could to help the community cope with a disaster that killed 15 people and wrecked hundreds of structures, including three of West's four schools.

Rockwell Automation Opens Call For Nominations For Manufacturing Safety Excellence Award

July 15, 2013 5:27 pm | by Rockwell Automation | News | Comments

Rockwell Automation is pleased to open nominations for the Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards, celebrating the world’s safest manufacturing companies – those with a strong safety culture, well-executed compliance procedures, and effective use of contemporary automation technology.

UK Agency: 787 Fire Not Caused By Battery Fault

July 15, 2013 9:59 am | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire on an empty Boeing 787 plane at London's Heathrow Airport didn't appear to be caused by faulty aircraft batteries, a British investigative agency said Saturday. Investors in Boeing, which calls its newest plane a Dreamliner, had feared that Friday's blaze meant that a battery overheating problem that grounded the whole fleet of such planes in January had not been fixed.

U.S. Probes C-Class Mercedes For Lighting Problems

July 15, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating about 218,000 Mercedes C-Class luxury cars because the rear lights can fail and even catch fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe affects cars from the 2008 and 2009 model years.

Boeing 787 Fire Closes Heathrow Airport Runways

July 12, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire on an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane forced Heathrow Airport to close both its runways Friday, suspending all arrivals and departures. The airport said in a tweet that there were no passengers aboard the Ethiopian Airlines plane, and British police said the fire is being treated as unexplained. London's fire department said its firefighters were on standby to assist Heathrow's crews.

MA Gov To Back Wind Turbine Health Study

July 12, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he would back a proposal calling for an "independent scientific study" of the health effects of wind turbines. Critics of the massive energy-producing turbines say the sound and motion of the blades can cause health problems.

NTSB: No Sign Of Mechanical Trouble On Asiana 214

July 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators have found no evidence of mechanical problems with Asiana Flight 214, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, putting the focus of the safety probe into the crash landing at the San Francisco airport squarely on the pilots.

U.S. Companies Detail Bangladesh Safety Pact

July 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

A group of 17 North American retailers and clothing makers has agreed to a five-year safety pact aimed at improving conditions at Bangladesh factories that calls for inspecting all factories that supply their garments within a year. They also agreed to set up basic safety standards within three months and are requiring that the inspection results of the factories be made public.

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