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Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety on Television Interview

February 27, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

​President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

Fiat Chrysler Announces Another Recall

February 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Operations | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler has announced another recall - the second in two days. Yesterday, it was announced...

Automakers Hire Rocket Firm to Probe Air Bag Problems

February 26, 2015 2:54 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding the cause of air bags to explode...

Fiat Chrysler Recalls Midsize Sedans for Transmission Glitch

February 26, 2015 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in North America to fix automatic...

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Industry Group Warns of Vapors at Fracking Sites

February 25, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns.

Worker Killed at Tennessee Alcoa Plant

February 24, 2015 11:20 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

An Alcoa employee was killed Monday evening at a plant in eastern Tennessee, according to media reports.

Cadillac Recalls ATS Cars to Fix Hair-Trigger Sunroof Switch

February 24, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling about 67,000 Cadillac ATS compact sports sedans to fix a problem with the power sunroof controls.

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Daicel To Build Replacement Parts Amid Takata Recalls

February 23, 2015 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daicel Corp. saidl it will build a second U.S. factory next year, as the Japanese chemical manufacturer expands operations to supply replacement parts for vehicles recalled globally for potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp. 

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 57

February 23, 2015 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 57.

5 Things to Know About the Takata Air Bag Recall Investigation

February 23, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are five things you absolutely need to know about the Takata air bag recalls. 

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 20, 2015 3:37 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

'Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week' are two companies that have been having two very different weeks. The winner of the week has been experiencing an outstanding revival of success, while the loser is facing another week of bad news and even worse press.

Police: Meat Plant Employee Charged in Co-Worker's Death After Prank

February 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say a worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank.

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Feds: Speed Not a Factor in Oil Train Crash

February 20, 2015 10:51 am | by John Raby, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in an oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a federal transportation official said.

Governor Joins Call for Superfund Listing for Aluminum Plant

February 19, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Steve Bullock has joined the call to have the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant placed on the federal Superfund National Priorities List, a step toward gaining federal funding to clean up the 120-acre site.

A Less Lethal Alternative to Guns

February 18, 2015 3:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Triple Defender is one of the less lethal alternatives to guns that law enforcement is increasingly interested in after the recent controversies over police killings.

White House Considering Oil Train Safety Upgrades

February 18, 2015 3:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil train that exploded in West Virginia met the industry's voluntary 2011 safety standards, but a growing number of accidents has the Obama administration considering tougher rules for tank cars. Here is a look at what's rolling on U.S. rails. 

Report: High Chemical Levels Found in Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 10:19 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group.

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Oil Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions

February 18, 2015 9:56 am | by John Raby, Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

The Relationship Between Workplace Safety and Product Safety

February 17, 2015 10:52 am | by Kenneth Ross | Articles | Comments

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.

Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises to 56

February 17, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll linked to crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 56.

U.S. Gov't Says Nearly 64M Vehicles Were Recalled Last Year

February 13, 2015 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the U.S. auto industry, 2014 was the year of the recall. Automakers issued 803 recalls totaling almost 64 million vehicles, more than double the old record from a decade ago, according to government figures.

Selecting the Right Ventilation for the Workplace

February 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Colin Riley, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Air moving equipment can be used to keep employees safe in multiple ways including ventilating toxic fumes, cooling employees to prevent heat stress and de-stratifying air in the winter to maintain a warm temperature.

Death Followed Jeep Recall

February 12, 2015 3:01 pm | Videos | Comments

More than a year after Chrysler issued recall of nearly 1.6 million Jeeps because of it rear-mounted gas tank, the position of the tank is blamed for a fiery crash that killed a pregnant woman on a suburban Detroit freeway.

Kidde Recalling Nearly 5M Disposable Fire Extinguishers

February 12, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kidde is recalling nearly 5 million disposable fire extinguishers because they may not discharge properly, posing a risk of injury.

Report: Children's Product Manufacturers Largely Don't Report Recalls on Social Media

February 11, 2015 10:32 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Manufacturers who produce children's products that have been placed under recall largely aren't using social media to inform consumers about those safety issues, a consumer watchdog group has found.

Take it From Freedom Industries: How NOT to Handle a Major Chemical Accident

February 11, 2015 10:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

It’d be a comedy of errors if it was funny. But for the former executives of Freedom Industries, there hasn’t been much to laugh about since the Jan. 9 2014 spill into the Elk River that catapulted them into the spotlight.

Autopsy Finds Texas Man was Killed by Exploding Air Bag

February 10, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An autopsy has found that a metal disc from a defective air bag sliced into a Texas man's neck and killed him after a low-speed car accident last month near Houston.                         

Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 2:28 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.

Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises to 52

February 9, 2015 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of 52 people killed in crashes caused by faulty General Motors small-car ignition switches will receive millions in compensation from a company fund.                         

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