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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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Hyundai Recalls 239,000 Sonata, Azera Models

August 14, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Hyundai is recalling 239,000 Sonata and Azera sedans in cold-weather U.S. states because road salt can corrode the rear suspension. The recall affects 215,000 Sonata midsize sedans from the 2006 to 2010 model years and 24,000 Azera full-size sedans from 2006 to 2011.

Republic Steel Faces $1.1M In Fines For Violations

August 14, 2013 10:14 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republic Steel is facing more than $1.1 million in federal fines for two dozen safety violations at its manufacturing plant in Canton, Ohio. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that the Canton-based company failed to provide workers enough protection from falling off runway girders 66 feet above the ground or perched over the plant's slag pit and furnace. 

ANA, Japan Airlines Check 787s For Wiring Problem

August 14, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said Wednesday they are checking their Boeing 787 fleets for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects that plagued the aircraft earlier this year. ANA said the departure of a 787 plane was delayed over problem wiring for a system to put out engine fires.

Pipeline Fire Lights Up IL Sky

August 13, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fuel pipeline exploded beneath a western Illinois cornfield, sending flames hundreds of feet into the sky and leaving a 15-foot-deep crater before pipeline crews were able to stem the flow of fuel and bring the fire under control, authorities said. Nobody was injured in the explosion, which was reported around 11:15 p.m. Monday.

Watch The Tesla Model S Crash Tests

August 13, 2013 12:38 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Tesla Motors is starting to look like the carmaker that just won't stumble. After the Model S won MotorTrend's Car of the Year and got a fantastic review from Consumer Reports, it aced the government's crash tests and Tesla is now making a profit. 

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Explosion-Proof Vacuums: An Investment In Safety

August 12, 2013 4:40 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Recent plant explosions should serve as a reminder for industrial users to review their vacuums to ensure they are suitable in explosion-proof applications, such as those relating to combustible dust. In addition to satisfying OSHA requirements, manufacturers must also keep workers safe. As Frank Intrieri Jr., VP of sales with Goodway says, “explosion-proof vacuums are used in hazardous environments, so safety precautions are imperative.”

Small Cars Perform Poorly In Crash Tests

August 12, 2013 1:21 pm | by auto, safety, IIHS, Highway Safety, crash test, Nissan, Kia, Honda, rating, subcompact, small, cars | Videos | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the latest results of their new small overlap crash test, the Nissan Sentra, Kia Soul and Kia Forte did not hold up well, but the Honda Civic received the best crash rating. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly.

Suit Blames Boeing For San Francisco Airport Crash

August 9, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three San Francisco Bay Area families are suing Boeing over the deadly crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. The San Jose Mercury News says the suits filed Thursday allege that the maker of the Boeing 777 provided inadequate training to pilots in South Korea.

Lawyer To Seek $20M In Case Against Toyota

August 9, 2013 10:01 am | by Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

A lawyer for plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. told a jury on Thursday he will ask for $20 million in damages for the family of a woman who died when her Camry suddenly accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop. The case involving the 2009 death of Noriko Uno is the first involving the issue to go to trial in state court.

Great Falls Refinery Hit With OSHA Fine

August 9, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is fining a petroleum refinery in Great Falls for unsafe working conditions. The agency's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it is proposing a $77,000 fine for Calumet Montana Refining.

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Six Of 12 Small Cars Do Well In Front Crash Tests

August 8, 2013 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Two redesigned Honda Civic models were the only small cars to get the top rating in stringent front-end crash tests performed by an insurance industry group. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly, but six performed well. Safety is critical in the fast-growing small-car market, with many buyers downsizing from larger vehicles.

Safety Citations Issued To AL Steel Manufacturer

August 8, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials issued safety citations to a steel manufacturing company and proposed more than $117,000 in fines Wednesday. Fifteen safety citations have been issued to the Northport-based Hanna Steel Corp, U.S. Department of Labor officials said. The plant manufactures steel tubing and pre-painted steel.

China Spying On U.S. Businesses

August 8, 2013 1:20 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

It's the massive theft of American trade secrets through cyber attack and espionage, and many of the cyber-attacks on American trade are coming from China. NBC's Michael Isikoff reports on how widespread the espionage is and what the government is doing about it.

Man Dies When Caught In Equipment At IN Plant

August 7, 2013 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A coroner says a man has died of multiple blunt-force trauma injuries after being caught in a piece of equipment at a northeastern Indiana steel plant. Whitley County Coroner F. Randall Dellinger says 44-year-old Jeffery Flory of Albion died in the accident Monday night at the Steel Dynamics plant in Columbia City, about 20 miles west of Fort Wayne.

Toyota Recalls 342,000 Tacoma Pickups

August 7, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 342,000 Tacoma midsize pickup trucks to fix a problem with the seat belts. The recall affects the company's Access Cab models made from 2004 to 2011. Toyota says screws that attach part of the seat belts to the mechanism that retracts the belts can come loose. If that happens, the belts may not work properly for the driver or front passenger.

Central Rent-A-Crane, Inc. Names New Safety Director

August 7, 2013 11:37 am | by ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. | News | Comments

The ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. is proud to announce the appointment of Brenton MacDonald as Safety Supervisor of Central Rent-A-Crane, a member of the ALL Family of Companies. In addition to overseeing safety training and implementation of safety programs for Central Rent-A-Crane’s three Indiana locations, MacDonald is also Central’s HSSE Supervisor at the BP Whiting Refinery. The appointment is effective immediately.

Ukraine: 5 Killed, 20 Sickened In Ammonia Leak

August 7, 2013 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ukraine's Emergency Situations Ministry says an ammonia leak at a chemical plant has killed five people and sickened more than 20. The ministry said that a pipe carrying liquid ammonia depressurized Tuesday at the Stirol plant in the east of the country, causing the release of the chemical. The ministry refused to provide further details.

Chevron Agrees To Pay $2M In CA Refinery Fire

August 6, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond that sent thousands of residents to hospitals, many complaining of respiratory problems.

Hackers Control Car's Steering And Brakes

August 5, 2013 12:48 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Taking advantage of in-car computing, hackers at the DEF CON conference are able to take control of a car by hard-wiring into its systems. Today's cars feature a number of computers, all of which need to talk to each other. Charlie Miller, security engineer, says hackers can figure out how these computers talk to each other and then pretend they are various pieces of the car.

August 2013: Bang for the Buck

August 5, 2013 10:58 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Accenture's managing director explains how to radically improve the performance of your legacy spares planning system without buying a new one, Houston-based Blackwell Plastics helps people do what they love and love what they do, HVLS and HVAC are together at last to improve employee comfort and save money, and more.

Never Bypass Lockout/Tagout During Repairs

August 5, 2013 8:02 am | by Judie Smithers, Editor — Workplace Safety, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A sudden chemical release or unexpected machine movement can injure or kill an employee who is servicing, maintaining or repairing process equipment. OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard (1910.147) requires employers to authorize the employees who do this work and provide them with the instructions and equipment they need to completely deenergize the machinery.

Court: Tyson Workers Must Be Paid For Donning Gear

August 1, 2013 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a Wisconsin meat processing plant must be paid for time spent putting on and taking off protective clothing, an appeals court ruled. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by six workers at the Tyson Prepared Foods plant in Jefferson. It is one of several filed nationwide by meat and poultry workers, who say they spend significant time putting on and taking off gear.

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