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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. 

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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. 

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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.

U.S. Agency Probes BMW 328i For Brake Problem

September 11, 2013 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating brake problems in 90,000 late-model BMW cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers the 328i from the 2013 model year. The government has received four complaints from drivers that it was difficult to brake the cars. Some reported increased stopping distances.

U.S. Gov't Investigating Electric Ford Focus

September 10, 2013 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is investigating allegations that the electric version of the Ford Focus can stall without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday it has gotten 12 complaints from drivers of Focus Electrics from the 2012 and 2013 model years.

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Toyota Again Recalling RAV4, Lexus Sedans

September 10, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 880,584 RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans in the U.S. and Canada because a repair announced last year may not have solved a safety problem. RAV4s from the 2006 through 2011 model years and the Lexus HS250h from the 2010 model year are involved in the recall.

Talking Cars For Safer Driving

September 9, 2013 2:26 pm | by Mike Creger, Duluth News Tribune | News | Comments

When cars talk to each other, everyone on the road is safer. That's the summation of University of Minnesota Duluth professor Imran Hayee after five years of work with his electrical engineering graduate students to create technology that will better inform drivers as they travel in congested areas.

2 Firefighters Hurt At Factory Blaze

September 9, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say two Evansville firefighters were treated at a hospital after they were hurt at the scene of a blaze at a plastics manufacturing plant. Crews were called to the Industrial Plastics Group factory on Sunday after a passer-by saw smoke coming from the building. 

IL-Based Company Fined For Injury At WI Plant

September 6, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials fined an Illinois-based company more than $185,000 on Thursday after a worker suffered severe burns at the same northern Wisconsin plant where five people have been killed since 2008. Packaging Corp. of America was cited for 30 alleged safety violations, including failing to provide proper safety equipment and improperly storing hazardous materials.

Toyota Recalls 369,000 Vehicles Worldwide

September 4, 2013 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles worldwide for a hybrid-system problem and another 169,000 vehicles for an engine bolt defect. Toyota Motor Corp. spokeswoman Shino Yamada said Wednesday there were no accidents related to either recall.

Ammonia Leak Kills 15 People In Shanghai

September 3, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 15 people were killed Saturday after liquid ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage plant in China's financial hub of Shanghai, the local government said. Twenty-five people were injured in the accident, which happened at a plant in the Baoshan district of the east coast city, the Shanghai government Information Office said. Five of the injured were in serious condition.

Ford Recalls 370,000 Cars

September 3, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling 370,000 cars due to potential corrosion to their steering shaft that may result in loss of steering. No incidents or injuries have been reported. The cars include 2005 to 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars. About 355,000 are in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada.

Nobody Hurt In TX Drilling Rig Fire

August 29, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nobody has been hurt in a fiery drilling rig accident in rural South Texas and efforts continue to put out the blaze. The Lavaca County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened Wednesday night between Shiner and Yoakum. The area is about 80 miles east of San Antonio.

Sheen Seen On River Near Delaware City Refinery

August 28, 2013 2:21 pm | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

State environmental officials on Wednesday were investigating an oil spill at a refinery that left a sheen floating on the Delaware River. The refinery in Delaware City, operated by PBF Energy, reported the release about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Safety Vs. Enforcement: Agencies At Odds Over Probe

August 27, 2013 2:29 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is fighting with itself over a massive fire at a Chevron refinery in California that sent 15,000 people to hospitals with respiratory ailments. In one corner is the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. In the other is the EPA.

United Airlines Makes Emergency Landing In ID

August 27, 2013 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A United Airlines 737 flying from Seattle to Houston made an emergency landing in Idaho after one of its two engines apparently shut down. Police say the airplane landed safely at the Pocatello Regional Airport just after 2:50 a.m. Tuesday.

Fire Marshal: Inspections Refused Since TX Blast

August 27, 2013 10:15 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five facilities in Texas with large quantities of the same fertilizer chemical that fueled the deadly plant explosion in West have turned away state fire marshal inspectors since the blast, investigators said Monday. A railway operator that hauls hazardous materials across Texas was also said to have rebuffed a state request to share data since the April explosion at West Fertilizer Co. that killed 15 people and injured 200 others.

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