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Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety In OR Television Interview

February 27, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety. Obama made the remarks during a brief interview with KGW-TV's Laural Porter, who was invited to Washington, D.C., as part of a round of local television interviews...

Mysterious Drone Overflights In Paris Continue

February 24, 2015 7:12 am | by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — At least five drones flew over the Eiffel Tower, the U.S. Embassy and other Paris...

NY Attorney General Expands Herbal Supplement Investigation

February 24, 2015 1:13 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three weeks after ordering four major retailers to pull store-brand herbal supplements off their...

Fed: Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail At 10 Per Year

February 23, 2015 10:59 am | by Matthew Brown, Josh Funk, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average...

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Feds: Speed Not A Factor In Oil Train Crash

February 20, 2015 9:36 am | by John Raby, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in an oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a federal transportation official said Thursday. The CSX train was going 33 mph at the time of Monday's crash in the town of Mount Carbon. The speed limit was 50 mph, said Federal Railroad Administration acting administrator Sarah Feinberg. "We can see from event recorders that the train...

4,300 Pounds Of Pork Sausage Products Recalled

February 18, 2015 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a business is recalling about 4,300 pounds of pork sausage products in Michigan due to mislabeling and an undeclared allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall late Tuesday by Bay City-based Michigan Brand Inc. There are no reports...

White House Considering Oil Train Safety Upgrades

February 18, 2015 12:16 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. A look at what's rolling on U.S. rails...  

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails In WV

February 18, 2015 12:10 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week's Manufacturing Snapshot of the Week is an image of the fire caused by the February 16th train derailment near Charleston, West Virginia. The train was carrying 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil, and the derailment sent fireballs into the sky and burned down a nearby...

Report Chronicles Dangers Of Flavoring Chemical

February 18, 2015 11:18 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A chemical long known to cause rapid, severe lung damage remains unregulated by federal labor officials, according to a recent report. The report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel concerns diacetyl, which is used in its liquid form to flavor an array of food products, including as candy, chips and...

WV Chemical Spill Company's Bankruptcy At Crossroads

February 17, 2015 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge is calling for parties to meet to discuss how to conclude the case of Freedom Industries, whose January 2014 chemical spill caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days. The Charleston Gazette reports Judge Ronald Pearson scheduled a March 3 status conference in...

Families: Send Suit Against Gun Manufacturer To State Court

February 17, 2015 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of nine children and adults killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are asking a federal judge to return their lawsuit against gun maker Remington to state court, where legal experts say it may have a better chance of succeeding. The families and shooting survivor Natalie Hammond...

Consumer Health Group Finds Toxic Chocolate Valentine Surprise

February 13, 2015 3:17 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A consumer health protection organization, As You Sow, filed notices of legal action Wednesday against Hershey's, See's Candies and Mars for allegedly violating California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.  Under the Act, manufacturers are required to protect its consumers and the state's...

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Chemical Safety Board Under Fire

February 13, 2015 3:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents has come under increasing fire on a number of fronts in recent days, with former employees, members of Congress and even the Obama administration calling its activities into question. Criticism of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is nothing...

Recalls Of The Week: Vehicles Recalled In 2014 Exceeded Previous 3 Years Combined

February 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that 2014 was a record year for vehicle recalls. Shockingly, the number of recalled vehicles in 2014 exceeded the number for the previous three years combined. Of the 64 million recalled vehicles in 2014, about 27 million were...

Obama To Focus On Cybersecurity In Heart Of Silicon Valley

February 13, 2015 2:16 pm | by Darlene Superville and Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama, responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks, is trying to spark alliances between policymakers who want to regulate the online world and tech innovators who traditionally shun federal government bureaucracies. In California's Silicon Valley on Friday, Obama was slated to...

The Relationship Between Workplace Safety And Product Safety

February 13, 2015 12:13 pm | 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.  And, because the employer is usually not a party to the lawsuit, such cases can be very...

Are You A Hack Waiting To Happen?

February 13, 2015 9:29 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to find out. High-profile hacks have companies on the defensive, trying to prevent becoming the next Sony Pictures or Anthem. And data shows phishing emails are more and more common as entry points for hackers — unwittingly clicking on...

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Thought Leaders: Tips On Using Your Supplier For An Improved Safety Program

February 12, 2015 2:23 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing.net had the opportunity to chat 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...

Company Identifies Chemical That Caused CA Explosion

February 12, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A California water treatment company has announced a chemical it was using for the first time led to an explosion that sent dozens to nearby hospitals in November. Emergency responders originally could not identify the substance, some 1,000 gallons of which was spilled onto an agricultural area near...

Should Energy Companies Be Liable For Earthquake Damage?

February 12, 2015 9:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The possible connection between disposal of fracking wastewater and earthquakes is the focal point of a lawsuit in Oklahoma. Jennifer Lin Cooper and her attorney Scott Poynter claim the November 2011 earthquakes in Prague, Oklahoma caused significant property damage. They allege that New...

Firm Cited In Deadly Energy Plant Blast To Pay Minimum Fine

February 11, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that was cited for 110 violations after a 2010 gas explosion that killed six workers at a Connecticut energy plant has paid only the minimum required fine for worker safety violations. The Hartford Courant reported Saturday that Keystone Construction & Maintenance...

Police Testing New, Less Lethal Gun Technology

February 11, 2015 3:09 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The police department in Ferguson, Missouri, is among many experimenting with "The Alternative," a new technology that its creators say makes bullets less deadly. It's become more relevant in the wake of high-profile police shooting cases...

Fire, Deaths Continue After Jeep Fuel Tank Recall

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As Kayla White slowed her SUV behind two other cars to exit a suburban Detroit freeway on Veterans Day, it was rammed from behind by a Cadillac STS. Her red 2003 Jeep Liberty bounced off a Nissan in front of it, rolled onto its side and exploded in flames. Other drivers ran to help but were...

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

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | 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. According to the annual report by Chicago-based Kids in Danger, although...

Take It From Freedom Industries: How NOT To Handle A Major Chemical Accident

February 11, 2015 9:54 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

It’d be a comedy of errors if it were 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. Gary Southern, the infamous former president of the chemical company, is...

Samsung: Smart TV Could Be Picking Up Everything You Say

February 10, 2015 2:47 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Samsung’s privacy policy for their smart TV includes some disturbing fine print—that the TV’s voice command technology could be collecting anything it hears you say, and passing that information on to the third party responsible for transcribing voice commands. The policy warns customers to refrain from discussing private or...

New Packaging Laws Hit Edible Marijuana Market

February 10, 2015 1:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

The marijuana market has been evolving quickly since it became legal for recreational use in 2014. Since then, the edible pot market has soared — but so have the risks associated with using them and having them in your home. After many incidents where kids accidentally ate edible marijuana products led to a string of emergency...

Food Scares Take A Bite Out Of McDonalds' Sales

February 9, 2015 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food-quality scares are hurting McDonald's in China and Japan, where weakness contributed to a key global sales figure falling 1.8 percent. The world's largest hamburger chain said sales dropped 12.6 percent in January at locations open at least 13 months in the division that includes the Asia region. That overshadowed a 0.4 percent rise at U.S. locations...

Health Care Records Make Fertile Field For Cyber Crime

February 9, 2015 10:24 am | by Tom Murphy, Brandon Bailey, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands. Names, birthdates and — more importantly — Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false medical records. And health care businesses...

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