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Safety and Performance on Slippery Indoor Surfaces

July 30, 2014 11:12 am | by 32north | Product Releases | Comments

The product employs a proprietary tread and sole compound that, when combined, provides one of the best non-slip applications on the market, says the company.

5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                      

Hyundai Recalls 883K Sonatas To Fix Gear Shifters

July 30, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Korean automaker says the automatic transmission shift cable can separate from the shift lever. If that happens the lever may not show the correct gear, increasing the risk of a crash.                 

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Small Cars Fare Poorly in Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 9:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.                                     

Suzuki Recalling Nearly 26K Cars

July 29, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.                                 

FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.                

Ocean Spray Worker Dies in Fall Through Skylight

July 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a Nevada man is dead after falling through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center where he worked.                                 

1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up.                        

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Nissan Expands Faulty Air Bag Recall

July 28, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry.                                 

Fertilizer Companies Blame Texas City for Blast

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast.    

GM Issues 6 More Recalls

July 24, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest is for faulty seats in just over 475,000 cars and small SUVs. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts.        

China Detains Meat Seller's Employees

July 23, 2014 2:10 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.    

Officials Investigate Fire at Oil Supply Company

July 23, 2014 2:05 pm | by Josh Wood, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state investigators are at a Williston oil supply and logistics company where a massive fire erupted and disrupted road and air traffic.                              

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Investigators: Overloaded Bins Caused Collapse, Deaths

July 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said Monday.                    

Chrysler Recalls Over 792K Jeeps for Ignition Switch Defect

July 23, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The ignition switch defects that engulfed General Motors are now a rapidly growing problem at Chrysler.                                          

Fruit From Trader Joe's, Costco Recalled

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

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.                  

China's Suspect Meat Scandal Spreads

July 22, 2014 9:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets. 

Western Sugar Cooperative Issued 39 Citations

July 21, 2014 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming workplace safety officials have proposed fining Western Sugar Cooperative $194,000 for 39 citations at the company's two processing plants in the state.                         

EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their order to clean up 15 million pounds of artillery propellant improperly stored at a northwest Louisiana site.             

Senators Call On GM To Fire Top Lawyer

July 18, 2014 2:33 pm | by Marcy Gordon & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.            

Blast Reported at Iowa Ethanol Plant

July 18, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.                           

Disaster Strikes Twice for Malaysia Airlines

July 18, 2014 9:49 am | by Stephen Wright and Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Hit by two astonishing tragedies in quick succession, the Malaysia Airlines brand may become the airline industry's equivalent of asbestos or News of the World: toxic to the public and, experts say, impossible to redeem.          

Chrysler Can Fix Recalled Jeeps Faster Than Expected

July 17, 2014 1:42 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The development could end a spat between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has accused Chrysler of moving too slowly to repair about 2.7 million SUVs.                  

Recall Hearing Targets GM Legal Staff

July 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.                   

Airbus A380s Tested for Air Leak Problems

July 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus has advised airliners to test noisy doors on the world's largest passenger airliner, the A380, after identifying a problem with the door seal that could lead to a fall in the cabin pressure.                

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