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GM Expert: 21 Deaths Eligible For Compensation

September 22, 2014 4:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by the company to compensate victims, said Monday in an Internet posting that he received 143 death claims as of Friday, and 21 of those have...

'Chrysler Should Recall Them All,' Says Safety Advocate

September 22, 2014 1:47 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall. But a safety advocate says the recall doesn't cover enough models, contending the same problem can happen in millions of other...

Axiall Investigates Plant Accident That Injured 4

September 22, 2014 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Axiall Corp. spokesman says the company is investigating an accident at its Natrium plant that injured four workers. Axiall spokesman Tony Ventry tells media outlets that two employees remain hospitalized at the West Penn Burn Center in Pennsylvania with what are...

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Infographic: Anticipated Impact Of FSMA On Manufacturers

September 19, 2014 3:41 pm | by PMMI | Articles | Comments

Food industry stakeholders appear to be confused about Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation deadlines--in particular--shifting FDA timelines. In its 2014 Food Safety & Traceability Study, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reports...

CT Panel Quizzes Millstone Over Safety

September 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A citizens' panel that oversees safety issues at Millstone Power Station closely questioned representatives of the nuclear plant about whether three recent federal inspections signal a problem with the plant's operation. The Day of New London reports that Bill Sheehan, chairman...

FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules For Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:36 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business.The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the revised rules Friday. The FDA is tweaking earlier proposals that included...

GA Peanut Plant Undergoes Trial For 2009 Salmonella Outbreak

September 18, 2014 4:43 am | by Russ Bynum - Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury weighing criminal charges Thursday against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak five years ago will decide the case without hearing one fact — that nine people died after eating the company's tainted peanut butter. Former Peanut Corporation of...

Tennessee Clean Water Network Prepared To Sue Ammunition Plant

September 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network says it is prepared to sue a Kingsport ammunition plant over its continued pollution of local drinking water. BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. operates the Holston Army Ammunition Plant for...    

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OSHA's Top 10 Violations For 2014 Announced

September 16, 2014 3:16 pm | by National Safety Council News Release | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the...

Three Top Underground Data Centers

September 16, 2014 2:02 pm | by Natalie Lehrer | Articles | Comments

The drive to build data centers underground arises from fears about natural disasters, terrorism, and security intrusions. Underground data centers offer a number of advantages for organizations needing maximum data security. The entry points into an underground data center are easy to monitor and guard. These points could be almost invisible to the untrained eye and...

AZ Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 15, 2014 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flames from welding equipment sparked the explosion late Sunday afternoon, blowing out metal doors at the front of...

When A Worker Loses An Arm, Who Knows About It?

September 15, 2014 4:16 pm | by Dr. David Michaels | News | Comments

Did you know that if you lose an eye or a limb at your current job, your employer is not required to report it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, that’s about to change. Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also...

GM Expert Says 19 Deaths Eligible For Compensation

September 15, 2014 1:43 pm | News | Comments

General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has received 125 death claims due to... 

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Safety Agency Investigates Ford Fiesta

September 15, 2014 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars. The probe announced Monday covers about 205,000 Fiestas from the 2001 through 2013 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says...

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

New Backup Imperative For Manufacturers In The Digital Era

September 12, 2014 1:55 pm | by Chris Grossman, Senior Vice President Enterprise Applications, Rand Secure Data | News | Comments

The impact of the digital age in manufacturing and manufacturing design has driven the creation of electronically stored information (ESI) to never before seen levels. Just a few of the areas seeing a major increase in storage requirements include...

Taming North Dakota’s Gas Flares

September 12, 2014 11:00 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

A few years ago, astronauts orbiting the Earth started seeing a strange patch of lights flickering in a formerly dark corner of North Dakota. The region is going through an oil boom and the lights, which are spread over an area larger than Minneapolis, are flares burning up...

OSHA Proposes $70K Fine After Plant Accident

September 12, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are proposing a $70,000 fine for a Wisconsin manufacturing plant after a machine crushed a worker's hand and partially amputated his thumb.The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday Loparex LLC has been cited for one safety violation...

DAQRI Unveils 4D Smart Helmet For Industrial Workforce

September 11, 2014 5:16 pm | by DAQRI | Videos | Comments

DAQRI’s executive team discusses the impetus, hardware features, software tools and use cases of the DAQRI Smart Helmet...                       

Toyota Recalls 130,000 Pickups

September 11, 2014 5:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 130,000 Tundra full-size pickup trucks because a plastic trim piece can interfere with the side air bags. The recall affects Crew-Max and Double Cab versions in the U.S. from the 2014 model year. The company says...

How To Protect Your Company From Cybercriminals

September 11, 2014 11:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At a recent “Hacker Lab” event, “white hat” hackers revealed how cybercriminals work — and what businesses can do to protect themselves. The September 9 multimedia presentation used a simulated small business system to demonstrate how hackers choose their targets, how they enter the system, and what they...

Manufacturers Should Prepare For EU Food Labeling Directive

September 11, 2014 11:04 am | by Videojet Technologies | News | Comments

In light of the European Union’s 1169/2011 directive, manufacturers producing food items for sale in the EU will be required to clearly indicate and highlight certain information within ingredients lists starting December 13, 2014.  This includes manufacturers located...

Tech Giants Struggle With FDA Regulations

September 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar, Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing...

Lawyer Claims GM Went To Great Lengths To Keep Dealers Informed

September 10, 2014 3:22 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

General Motors Canada went to extraordinary lengths to keep its dealers informed about its restructuring plans in the aftermath of the financial crisis, a lawyer for the automaker told a Toronto courtroom Wednesday.GM lawyer Kent Thomson, in his opening remarks, said it was widely known through briefings, media coverage, and meetings...

House Blocks EPA Water Rules

September 10, 2014 12:23 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands — an action that critics call a... 

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