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Drone Industry Launches Safety Campaign

December 22, 2014 3:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some drones on the market are capable of reaching altitudes as high as 18,000 feet — the start of "class A" airspace where most passenger and cargo airlines cruise. Operators oftentimes don't realize the risks.       

Study Finds Toxic Content in Holiday Decorations

December 22, 2014 3:04 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The research found high levels of chemical hazards in light strings, holiday garland and other...

India Still Plagued by Abandoned Asbestos Mines

December 22, 2014 2:31 pm | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

In Roro Village and other settlements below, people who never worked in the mines are dying of...

PA Manufacturer Fined by OSHA After Multiple Finger Amputations

December 22, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSHA said the Scranton-based chimney supply company failed to safeguard machines and had flaws...

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New Reports Outline TX Plant Chaos, Deaths

December 22, 2014 11:33 am | by Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

The Harris County investigators' reports, obtained by the Houston Chronicle, paint a picture of confusion, chaos and delays in those early morning hours as DuPont workers became overcome and died when 23,000 pounds of toxic gases accumulated from a leak inside the pesticide unit.

California Still Mulls Over Safety of Driverless Cars

December 22, 2014 10:57 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Though the cars are at least a few years away, companies are testing prototypes on California's roads, and regulators have questions: Do they obey all traffic laws? What if their computers freeze? Can they smoothly hand control back to human drivers?

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

December 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There has been no shortage of manufacturing news this week, from news of a fracking ban to continued automotive recall troubles. However, neither of these news items made the cut for IMPO’s “Winner” and “Loser” of the week. Instead, the titles have been awarded to Toyota and the former Freedom Industries Executives.

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Workplace Safety Agency Cites Nebraska Plant

December 19, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have cited a Kearney manufacturing plant for workplace safety violations they say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure.                             

Chrysler To Recall About 257K Ram Pickup Trucks

December 19, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling nearly 257,000 older Ram pickup trucks because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.                                   

EPA Expected to Treat Coal Waste like Garbage

December 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists and industry experts expect the first federal standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash more like household garbage than a hazardous material.               

Ford Expands Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 18, 2014 1:06 pm | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.                                       

Learn How To Utilize Your Supplier for a Better Safety Program

December 18, 2014 10:31 am | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

IMPO consults with safety expert Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to go over common safety issues Grainger witnesses with its manufacturing customers, and how it works to help customers streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

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New York To Ban Fracking; A Victory for Environmentalists

December 18, 2014 9:16 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.                

Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief

December 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by Joan Lowry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags.         

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 42

December 15, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                   

GM Victim: I Was Robbed of a Part of my Life

December 12, 2014 12:56 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

10 years after her car crashed, killing her boyfriend, a Texas court clears Candice Anderson of the felony charge. GM admits its car may have contributed to the accident.                       

Chrysler Expands Air Bag Recall

December 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force.                           

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Japan Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 11, 2014 2:12 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced more recalls for the same possibly defective Takata air bags that Toyota recalled earlier this month after one exploded during scrapping in Japan.                   

Thought Leaders: Tips on Using Your Supplier for an Improved Safety Program

December 11, 2014 1:58 pm | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

IMPO sits down with Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to discuss some of the safety issues Grainger sees with its manufacturing customers, and how it looks to help streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

A Journeyman's Roadmap for Navigating ISO Functional Safety Standards

December 11, 2014 10:42 am | by Bill Stone, Machine Safety Domain Expert, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Many safety engineers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of safety standards. It’s a struggle to find a starting point and determine which standards are appropriate for which application and in what geographic location. A roadmap can help determine the appropriate ISO standard for the project and how it can be applied to achieve desired safety performance.

Hyundai Recalls 43K Cars for Brake Lights

December 10, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai is recalling nearly 43,000 luxury cars in the U.S. because the brake lights can fail to illuminate.                                         

Food Company Fined After Nebraska Worker's Death

December 10, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators found five safety violations after a 23-year-old worker died earlier this year at Michael Foods Inc.'s operation in Wakefield.                                 

Nissan Agrees to Settle Faulty Brakes Lawsuit

December 10, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan has agreed to pay some customers up to $800 each to settle claims that certain vehicles had faulty brakes.                                       

Nissan Recalls 470K Vehicles

December 9, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause fuel leaks.                                           

GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 38

December 9, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 38 people have died and 51 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                   

The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Articles | Comments

Workplace safety is not only the right thing to do for your workers; it’s the right thing to do for your business.                                       

Honda Expands Air Bag Recall While Takata Remains Quiet

December 8, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Late Friday, Honda confirmed it would replace driver's air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S., despite airbag supplier Takata's refusal to take its recall nationwide.     

Supreme Court Rejects BP's Appeal of Oil Spill Settlement

December 8, 2014 1:57 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC wanted the court to consider whether people and businesses seeking payments under the settlement included some who haven't actually suffered any injury related to the spill.            

Workers Demand Accountability After Refinery Explosion

December 8, 2014 9:36 am | by Clare Clancy, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Several workers injured in an explosion at Consumers Co-operative Refineries Ltd., are collectively suing the company as well as associated companies that were involved in the plant's refurbishment.               

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