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Bangladesh: 7 Failed To Check Doomed Factories

June 10, 2013 10:06 am | by Farid Hossain, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bangladesh has suspended seven inspectors it accuses of negligence for renewing the licenses of garment factories in a building that collapsed in April, killing more than 1,100 people, a top Labor Ministry official said Monday. The official, Mikail Shipar, said a ministry investigation found that the inspectors never even visited the five factories housed in the shabbily built eight-story Rana Plaza building.

IN Pushes Ahead With Fertilizer Plant

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Pakistan-based developers of a fertilizer plant have won a southwestern Indiana county's initial approval for the project, weeks after the state pulled its support. Posey County's Board of Commissioners and Council voted last week to give preliminary approval to Midwest Fertilizer Corp. for its proposed plant, including a $1.3 billion bond issue to help finance the project in the county just west of Evansville.

Safety At Deadly China Plant 'Extremely Chaotic'

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's workplace safety agency said negligence among factory managers and government inspectors caused "extremely chaotic" work-safety conditions at a poultry plant where a deadly fire killed 120 workers this week. Safety exits were blocked at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. plant and managers neglected to hold required safety drills or worker education, State Administration of Work Safety head Yang Dongliang said.

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Chrysler To Recall 630,000 SUVs Worldwide

June 6, 2013 2:09 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Just two days after refusing a government request to recall 2.7 million older-model Jeeps, Chrysler has decided to do two other recalls totaling 630,000 vehicles worldwide. The automaker will recall more than 409,000 Jeep Patriot and Compass small SUVs across the globe from the 2010 and 2012 model years to fix air bag and seat-belt problems.

Toyota Recalls 242K Prius, Lexus Hybrid Cars

June 5, 2013 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling about 242,000 of its Prius and Lexus hybrid vehicles due to problems with their braking systems. The recall applies to about 233,000 Prius vehicles made between March and October 2009 and about 9,000 Lexus HS250h models made between June and October 2009.

Driving Manufacturing Success By Backing Up

June 5, 2013 8:00 am | by Michael Krutikov, Senior Global Marketing Manager, SMB Data Protection, at Symantec | Articles | Comments

Today’s smaller manufacturers are creating enormous amounts of data — everything from new product designs to top-secret intellectual property, as well as a constant flow of customer and sales information that must be managed and protected every day. To say that this data is vital would be understating the value of its constant use, and any loss of information could be devastating.

Chrysler Refuses U.S. Request To Recall Vehicles

June 4, 2013 1:59 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

A defiant Chrysler is refusing a government request to recall about 2.7 million sport utility vehicles to fix fuel tanks that could leak and cause fires in rear-end collisions. Chrysler said Tuesday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked in a letter that the company recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007.

U.S. Safety Agency May Expand GM Recall

June 4, 2013 1:53 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are checking to see if up to 400,000 General Motors cars should be added to two recalls for defective air bags. The probe covers Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic small cars, the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car and the Buick Verano small car from the 2012 model year.

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Locked Doors A Sign Of China Work-Safety Failings

June 4, 2013 1:52 pm | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire breaks out in a Chinese factory, and panicked workers discover one exit after another is locked. That describes not only the poultry plant fire that killed 119 people Monday, but a toy-factory blaze that left 87 workers dead 20 years earlier. The similarities between the two worst factory fires in China's history suggest that little has changed for industrial workers even as the country has transformed its economy.

Silicon Valley At Front Line Of Global Cyber War

June 4, 2013 10:06 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Barack Obama will talk cyber-security this week in California, but experts say the state's Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms should provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against overseas hackers.

Fire Kills 119 At China Poultry Plant

June 3, 2013 10:01 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fire raged through a poultry plant in northeastern China on Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people, reports and officials said. Several dozen people also were hurt in the blaze in Jilin province's Mishazi township, which appeared to have been sparked by three early morning explosions, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

MO Couple Appeals Claim Against Gun Manufacturer

June 3, 2013 9:59 am | by Matt Volz, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Montana couple is appealing a judge's dismissal of their lawsuit against gun manufacturer Remington claiming a 1989 shooting that left a man paralyzed was caused by a defect in a rifle. U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull ruled on April 29 that time had run out on the claim by Brad and Dianna Humphrey of Fairfield.

Ford Recalling 465,000 Vehicles For Fuel Leaks

June 3, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 465,000 cars and SUVs because the fuel tanks can leak and cause fires. The global recall affects the Ford brand's Fusion, Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Police Utility and Police Interceptor. Also covered are the Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ. All the vehicles are from the 2013 model year.

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Air Permits Approved For CF Industries Expansion

June 3, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators have given initial approval for a major expansion at a western Iowa fertilizer manufacturer. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued draft air quality permits for the $1.7 billion expansion planned by CF Industries south of Sergeant Bluff.

Building A Secure Manufacturing Infrastructure

June 3, 2013 8:00 am | by Grant McDonald, Product Marketing Manager for Symantec SMB & .cloud | Articles | Comments

Today’s manufacturing is a wonder of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. However, the same technology that makes it possible for smaller manufacturers to thrive in our global economy also presents security challenges. With every endpoint connected to the Internet, there is always a risk of a cybercriminal stealing this intellectual property or other sensitive information.

BP Rig Supervisors Challenge Manslaughter Counts

May 31, 2013 2:43 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster claim the manslaughter counts in their indictment must be dismissed because they don't apply to conduct on a foreign-owned vessel operating outside U.S. territory.

Assess Your Technology Ladder When Addressing Burn Risk

May 31, 2013 1:44 pm | by Scott Brooksby, Olson Brooksby PC | Articles | Comments

There are few more sophisticated and complex high-heat metallurgy manufacturing processes — and few with less tolerance for error — than the processes involved in manufacturing components of the hot-section of an aviation gas turbine engine. This precision minimizes the risk of catastrophic aviation disasters such as uncontrolled engine failure.

Omron To Sell Power-Saving Know-How

May 29, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Omron Corp., an industrial automation equipment maker, said Tuesday it will start selling in June power-saving solutions for precision machinery factories challenged by airborne dust and other problems, based on techniques employed at one of its factories.

U.S. Investigating Ford Pickups For Engine Issue

May 28, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is investigating Ford F-150 pickups with EcoBoost engines after drivers reported that the engines lost power during acceleration. The government estimates around 400,000 F-150 pickups from the 2011 through 2013 model years are involved.

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.

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.

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