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Probe: Scant Oversight of Chemical Plants

May 21, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say.              

PetSmart, Petco to Stop Selling Treats Made in China

May 21, 2014 9:34 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PetSmart is the latest major pet food retailer to say it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China because of continuing fears of their safety.                             

GM Adds 218K Cars to Growing Recall List

May 21, 2014 9:24 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The recall of 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo subcompact cars is the company's 30th this year, bringing the total number of recalled GM vehicles in the U.S. to around 13.8 million.                       


Adult Portable Bed Handles Recalled After 3 Deaths

May 20, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 113,000 adult portable bed handles used to help people get into and out of bed are being recalled following reports of three deaths.                                 

GM Recalling 2.4M More Vehicles

May 20, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest action brings the total number of vehicles GM has recalled this year to 13.6 million, a new record for the automaker.                                    

Minnesota Banning Anti-Bacterial Chemical From Soaps

May 20, 2014 9:56 am | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan, a common germ-killing ingredient, in most retail consumer hygiene products.                 

1.8M Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled

May 19, 2014 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli.                 

Kraft Recalling Cottage Cheese Due to Poor Storage

May 19, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some ingredients used in Kraft Foods Group cottage cheese brands were not stored in accordance with proper temperature standards at a Tulare, California, manufacturing facility.                      


Hyundai Recalls 137,500 SUVs

May 19, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 137,500 Tucson SUVs because the air bags aren't correctly mounted to the steering wheel.                                      

GM Investigation Reveals List of Banned Words

May 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

What do the words "safety," ''chaotic" and "problem" have in common? They're all on General Motors' list of banned words for employees who were documenting potential safety issues.                     

Railroad Wants to Send Oil to Town Where Derailment Killed 47

May 16, 2014 1:19 pm | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company purchasing the assets of a railroad responsible for a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec plans to resume oil shipments after track safety improvements are made, the firm's top executive said Friday.        

Texas Agency Says Firefighters Unprepared for Blast

May 16, 2014 10:13 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The firefighters who tried in vain to stop a burning Texas fertilizer plant from exploding weren't prepared for the dangers of the blaze, which was too big for them to fight, state investigators said in a report released Thursday.        

6 Injured in Explosion at Tenn. Steel Mill

May 16, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six workers have been injured in an explosion at a Knoxville, Tennessee, steel mill, fire officials said. One worker was critically burned in the Thursday night blast.                        


GM Recall Total Hits 8.5M

May 15, 2014 10:16 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors added two recalls Thursday to its growing list for the year, pushing the total number of vehicles called back for fixes in 2014 to more than 8.5 million in the U.S. alone.                   

Cabela's Recalling Electronic Jerky Blasters

May 15, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cabela's is recalling approximately 600 electronic jerky blasters because of a possible fire hazard.                                            

Agency to Report on Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast

May 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The men who died last year fighting a fire at a Texas fertilizer plant that then exploded have been called heroes, but they have also been called victims of a failed system.                      

Samsung Apologizes To Sick Chip Workers

May 14, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                    

Porsche Sued Over Crash That Killed Paul Walker

May 13, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in November.             

The Three Key Catalysts For More Precise Recalls

May 12, 2014 4:47 pm | by Thomas Marchisello, Senior Director of Industry Development, GS1 US | Articles | Comments

Recalls are designed to ensure public health and safety. But they don’t have to cause long-lasting damage to a brand or bottom line if they are orchestrated with surgical precision.                    

Wall Collapses at China Plant, Kills 18

May 12, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy rain caused a retaining wall to collapse at a recycling plant in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao on Sunday, killing 18 people.                                 

Mine Workers' Union Backs Coal Dust Rule

May 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is giving "qualified support" to the Obama administration's new rule aimed at cutting the amount of coal dust in coal mines.                           

Emergency Eyewashes & Showers: Testing and Maintenance

May 12, 2014 11:49 am | by Grainger - @grainger | Articles | Comments

Studies show that the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing damage. Is your equipment ready?                              

Chrysler Recalls 780K Minivans

May 12, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 780,000 minivans to replace window switches that can short-circuit and overheat if exposed to moisture.                                    

Prevent Accidental VRC Descent

May 9, 2014 3:53 pm | by Wildeck, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Looking for that added layer of safety and peace-of-mind in your vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC), then the SafeLock system from Wildeck is the perfect solution, says the company.

Ford Recalls Over 692K Vehicles

May 9, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 692,000 Escape small SUVs and C-Max gas-electric hybrids in North America to fix two safety problems.                                   

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