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Tighter Trucking Regulations Proposed After Accident That Injured Actor

June 16, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday launched a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road.                 

Nuclear Industry Developing Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are trying a range of tactics to make nuclear fuel survive longer in extreme accidents. Their overriding goal is giving plant workers more time before an accident becomes a full-on crisis.                

Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

June 16, 2014 8:42 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.                                       

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GM Recalls Camaros for Switch Problem

June 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position, causing an engine stall.                                          

Police: 6 Killed at India Steel Plant

June 13, 2014 9:58 am | by Indrajit Singh, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least six people were killed and 29 more injured in an explosion and a subsequent gas pipeline leak on Thursday at a government-run steel plant in central India, a plant spokesman said.                  

Company Recalls 4K Pounds of Beef Over Mad Cow Fear

June 12, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Missouri company has recalled possibly tainted beef products distributed to two restaurants and a grocery chain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.                           

Nebraska Manufacturer Cited For 'Willful' Safety Violations

June 12, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSHA says an investigation found workers were exposed to serious amputation risks and the threat of electrocution, burns, crushing, lacerations or fractured body parts.                        

Mitsubishi Motors To Recall 700K Cars

June 12, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Thursday it is recalling a total of 703,888 cars for free repairs to fix a problem related to light switches.                                

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GM CEO and Chief Investigator To Testify

June 11, 2014 2:11 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be back in front of Congress next week to be questioned further about how GM allowed a deadly defect in an ignition switch to go undisclosed for more than a decade.                

AMA Policy Backs Strict E-Cigarette Restrictions

June 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The American Medical Association is pledging to use its lobbying power to seek strict limits on electronic cigarettes.                                      

Workers Safe After Blasts at Montana Plant

June 11, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant Tuesday in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building, and no major injuries were reported, authorities said.               

Toyota Expands Recall for Air Bag Problem

June 11, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 650,000 vehicles in Japan and repeating a recall for problems with front passenger air bag inflators announced last year, seeking to fix some 2.27 million vehicles.             

GM: No More Serious Safety Issues Lurking

June 10, 2014 1:27 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.                            

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Crown Equipment Promotes National Forklift Safety Day

June 10, 2014 11:23 am | by Crown Equipment Corporation | News | Comments

According to the ITA, National Forklift Safety Day serves “as a focal point for manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts and importance of operator training. This day provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, policymakers and the administration on forklift operating safety practices.”

Pratt & Whitney Canada Sued Over Fatal Crash

June 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

An engine manufacturer in Canada is to blame for a small plane's ocean landing and the death of Hawaii's former health director, her brother said in a lawsuit filed Monday.                       

Walmart: Truck in Morgan Crash Had Crash Prevention System

June 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Walmart truck involved in the accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another passenger in his limo bus had a system designed to slow the truck's speed and notify the driver of stopped traffic ahead.          

Report Calls for More Protection for Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on Friday vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.       

GM Recalls 89K Vehicles

June 9, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling more than 89,000 autos because of air bag defects and other problems.                                            

Summer Is Here: Preventing Heat Stress on the Job

June 5, 2014 5:07 pm | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC | Articles | Comments

Extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.   

Dealing With "Fast-Breaking" Crisis Situations in Your Plant

June 5, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International | Articles | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                 

GM: Incompetence and Negligence Led to Recall

June 5, 2014 1:43 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors says a pattern of incompetence and neglect, not a larger conspiracy or cover-up, is to blame for a long-delayed recall of defective ignition switches.                         

GM Launching Compensation Program for Crash Victims

June 5, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it will launch a compensation program for crash victims or their families as a result of faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths that prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars.             

Safety Board Faults Key Device in BP Oil Spill

June 5, 2014 1:32 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. board's investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.         

3 Key Questions About the GM Recall Report

June 5, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Why the recall delay happened — and who is responsible — should be revealed Thursday, when a report by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas is made public.                           

5 Most Notorious Auto Recalls

June 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

From the Ford Pinto to Toyota's 'sticky' gas pedals, here's a list of the most infamous recalls in automobile history.                                      

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