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Mexico Warns Arizona About River Spill

September 23, 2014 12:04 pm | by Astrid Galvan, Bob Christie, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer.               

'Chrysler Should Recall Them All,' Says Safety Advocate

September 22, 2014 4:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall, but a safety advocate claims this is not enough.               

GM Experts Now Reporting 21 Deaths Eligible for Compensation

September 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21.                                         

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CT Panel Quizzes Millstone Over Safety

September 19, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A citizens' panel that oversees safety issues at Millstone Power Station closely questioned representatives of the nuclear plant about whether three recent federal inspections signal a problem with the plant's operation.         

Bankruptcy Judge Approves WV Spill Settlement

September 19, 2014 9:28 am | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill.                          

OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2014

September 16, 2014 4:23 pm | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.                 

AZ Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 16, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                           

When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About it?

September 16, 2014 9:24 am | by Dr. David Michaels | Articles | Comments

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye within 24.    

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Safety Agency Investigates Ford Fiesta Latches

September 15, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars.                                    

OSHA Proposes $70K Fine After WI Plant Accident

September 11, 2014 5:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are proposing a $70,000 fine for a Wisconsin manufacturing plant after a machine crushed a worker's hand and partially amputated his thumb.                          

Toyota Recalls 130,000 Pickups

September 11, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 130,000 Tundra full-size pickup trucks because a plastic trim piece can interfere with the side air bags.                                  

Tripwire and Belden Inc. Announce Cybersecurity Initiative for Manufacturers

September 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tripwire, Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, and Belden Inc., a leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical manufacturing applications, today announced a new marketing initiative designed to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity in manufacturing organizations.

Utility Manufacturing Company Receives Gold Safety Award

September 10, 2014 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that it has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Gold Safety Award.

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Recall Limbo: How To Handle an Automotive Recall

September 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Automakers or U.S. safety regulators often send out recall notices before parts are ready. Sometimes the companies or dealers offer free loaner cars, but most of the time they don't. That presents car owners with a difficult question: should they keep driving and hope the problem doesn't affect them, or rent a car until the dealer gets parts, which can take months or even a year?

Chevron Fined $278,000 Over Richmond Plant

September 5, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron has agreed to pay more than a quarter-million dollars for air-quality violations at its Richmond refinery.                                       

Apple Supplier Accused Of Violations

September 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An Apple supplier in China is violating safety and pay rules despite the computer giant's promises to improve conditions, two activist groups said Thursday, ahead of the expected release of the iPhone 6.        

Are Workplace Injuries Affecting Your Bottom Line?

September 3, 2014 3:24 pm | by UL Workplace Health & Safety | News | Comments

Manufacturing can be a dangerous industry for employees. UL Workplace Health & Safety, provider of workplace health and safety solutions, developed infographics highlighting stats and figures for chemical manufacturing, metal manufacturing and machine manufacturing. 

California Firm Recalls 93K Pounds of Caesar Salad Kits

August 27, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says a Southern California food firm has recalled nearly 93,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kits sold at Sam's Club stores over concerns of possible listeria contamination.  

Advocacy Group Asks for Chrysler Investigation

August 25, 2014 9:41 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

An auto safety advocacy group has asked the U.S. government to investigate power system failures in Chrysler vehicles that could cause them to stall while being driven.                          

2.2M Bean Bag Chairs Recalled After Deaths

August 22, 2014 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.                                      

Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Change Risks

August 22, 2014 9:34 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The coal-to-gas plants are part of a controversial energy revolution China hopes will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities.         

Ford Recalling More Than 160K Vehicles

August 22, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate or stall because of a wiring problem.                     

Outdoor Rubber Stair Tread

August 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Musson Rubber Company | Product Releases | Comments

Musson outdoor rubber stair treads, made from recycled rubber, are an excellent solution to make steps safe even during wet and snowy conditions.

Honda Recalls Fit To Boost Crash Resistance

August 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.                                      

Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations of 21 Countries

August 20, 2014 2:11 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

A new report evaluates the traceability regulations and requirements of 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada and the EU among others.                                 

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