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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.                   

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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.                    

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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.

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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.                                   

Camera Tricks On Future Cars

May 8, 2014 1:47 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Car manufacturers like Nissan and Land Rover are looking at ways to make your car safer using cutting-edge camera technology to eliminate blind spots.                             

Father Commends Remington For Recall

May 8, 2014 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Montana man who sued Remington Arms Co. said the manufacturer should be commended for recalling the model rifle he claims was responsible for the death of his 9-year-old son.                     

Recalls Challenge GM, Frustrate Customers

May 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Experts say eight simultaneous recalls covering 7 million vehicles is too much for any organization to handle quickly, even one as big as GM.                               

Curtain Walls Contain Dust, Help Improve Air Quality

May 8, 2014 10:03 am | by Zoneworks by Rite-Hite | Product Releases | Comments

Zoneworks SCL Curtain Walls by Rite-Hite make up a highly flexible and adaptable fabric wall system that makes it easy to contain dust, smoke, or fumes, while improving air quality by dividing the interior space of industrial facilities. 

Gov't: No Need To Park Recalled Cars From GM

May 8, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

There's no need to tell owners of recalled General Motors small cars to stop driving them, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.                              

Smart Gun Technology Sparks Outrage

May 7, 2014 2:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Find out why one gun store received backlash after planning on being the first in the country to sell the new firearm.                                      

New Plea Expected In Salmonella Outbreak Case

May 7, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man charged in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak in peanuts that killed nine people plans to enter a new plea.                                      

FAA Keeping Commercial Drones In Check

May 6, 2014 2:49 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Anybody can buy and operate drones, but it's illegal to make money using one. That's leading to frustration among businesses big and small.                                

Some Shipments From Los Alamos Lab Halted

May 5, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shipments of certain kinds of nuclear waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a temporary storage facility in West Texas have been halted while investigators try to identify the cause of a radiation release.            

GM Begins Talks To Settle Lawsuits

May 5, 2014 1:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Kenneth Feinberg confirmed that he met for four hours Friday with Robert Hilliard, a Texas lawyer who said he represents families of 53 people killed and 273 injured in crashes of defective GM vehicles.              

GM Recalls 50,000 Cadillac SUVs

May 2, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling more than 50,000 luxury SUVs to fix a computer error that can delay acceleration for three or four seconds.                                  

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