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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.

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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.

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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.

Fracking Health Project Puts Numbers To Debate

August 26, 2013 10:05 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the problems may not be as widespread as some critics claim.

Gov't Seeks New Limits On Silica Dust

August 26, 2013 10:00 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators announced plans to dramatically limit workplace exposure to silica dust, an agent known to cause crippling lung disease and cancer in thousands of workers each year. The proposal from OSHA would cut in half the amount of silica exposure allowed for general industry and maritime workers. 

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Toyota Canada Settles Recall Claims

August 23, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Toyota Canada says it has agreed to settle consumer claims related to losses stemming from its recalls in 2009 and 2010. About 14,500 Lexus RX350 and RX450h models from the 2010 model year were recalled because of suspected throttle control problems

Feds Probe Jeep Grand Cherokee Ceiling Fires

August 23, 2013 10:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that the ceilings can catch fire in 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The probe, announced Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers an estimated 146,000 of the popular sport utility vehicles.

Death Toll In Mexico Ammonia Leak Rises

August 22, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from an ammonia leak in southern Mexico has risen to seven after four more people died of their injuries. The state-owned oil company Pemex said Wednesday at least three other people are still being treated for injuries suffered in the blast. Forty others suffered from inhaling ammonia.

Tesla Hails Top Safety Rating For Model S

August 22, 2013 8:01 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Tesla says that its battery powered Model S has set a record for the lowest likelihood of injuries to occupants in recent crash tests. The electric car company, based in Palo Alto, California and led by billionair Elon Musk, said the Model S exceeded the safety score of all cars and trucks on U.S. roads.

3 Dead, 10 Injured By Ammonia Leak In Mexico

August 21, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three people are dead and 10 others are injured following an ammonia leak in southern Mexico. The government of the southern state of Oaxaca says the leak occurred after construction machinery operated by a private company hit a pipeline that carries ammonia to a petrochemical plant.

Kia Recalls Some SUVs

August 21, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia is recalling more than 9,700 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because the front axle can fail and the vehicles can lose power. The recall affects 2014 Sorento SUVs with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines and front-wheel-drive. They were built from Jan. 7 through March 12 of this year.

10,000-Gallon Tank Explodes At PA Plant; 1 Dead

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 10,000-gallon fuel oil tank exploded at an industrial park on Monday and went flying across a road, killing a worker who was welding nearby. The tank spilled 7,500 gallons of fuel and flooded a dike encircling the area, but the spill was contained, firefighters said.

GM Recalls Cruzes For Brake Problem

August 19, 2013 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is recalling nearly 293,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars in the U.S. because the power-assisted brakes can fail. The recall affects Cruzes made in Lordstown, Ohio, from the 2011 and 2012 model years that are equipped with 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and 6T-40 six-speed automatic transmissions, the company said Friday.

Companies Halt Operations Amid Violence In Egypt

August 19, 2013 10:28 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A number of international companies have suspended operations in Egypt as three days of violent street battles make the streets of Cairo unsafe. General Motors Co., Electrolux AB, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Heineken N.V., Toyota Motor Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp., BASF SE and others shut down facilities and told thousands of workers to stay at home during unrest that has left more 700 people dead as of late Friday.

3 Injured In GA Chemical Plant Blast

August 15, 2013 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Authorities in south Georgia say at least three people have been injured in a chemical explosion that rocked an industrial complex. Valdosta fire officials say more than 40 firefighters responded to the blaze at the Gil Harbin Industrial Park Wednesday afternoon with help from Lowndes County sheriff's officials, Moody Air Force Base, the Georgia State Patrol and the FBI.

Five Approaches To Managing MSDs At Work

August 15, 2013 8:02 am | by HumanTech | Videos | Comments

Unfortunately, there is no gold-star approach a company can take for managing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The most common approaches include fixing the person, fitting the person to the task, changing the person, changing how the person performs work, changing the work and the workplace.

U.S. To Require Car Makers To Offer Recall Data

August 14, 2013 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Starting next summer, U.S. consumers will be able to search a giant database to find out if recall repairs have been made to their cars or motorcycles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency that regulates auto safety, says it will require major auto and motorcycle makers to give customers online access to data so it can be searched by vehicle identification number.

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