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Improving Bottom Line Through Workplace Safety

September 5, 2014 2:22 pm | by UL | News | Comments

Chemical manufacturing is a highly hazardous industry where the most common injuries—sprains, strains, and fractures—can result in a staggering $82,382 per claim and can take a worker out of commission for more than 30 days ...    

Court Rules Next Week On Fracking Case

September 5, 2014 1:42 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and cause more environmental harm than the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) admits. Lawyers for the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking urged...

Ameren Increases Water Tests At Contaminated Callaway Plant

September 5, 2014 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ameren Missouri plans to increase testing of water near its nuclear power plant in Callaway County after contaminated water was found in July in one of its monitoring wells.Nuclear power plants are required to test water quarterly, but...

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Toyota: Cars Will Be Safer, But Still Need Drivers

September 4, 2014 4:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up. That's the message from safety executives at Toyota, who on Thursday promised by 2017 to have...

Judge Rules BP's Reckless Conduct Caused Gulf Oil Spill

September 4, 2014 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Thursday could...   

iPhone And iPad Supplier Exploits and Endangers Safety of 20,000 Workers

September 4, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A factory in Suqian, China that makes iPhone and iPad parts was found to have a number of serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations, as was revealed in a new investigative report.  The investigation was conducted in August 2014 and released...

Utility Opposes $2.9M Deal In WV Spill Case

September 3, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A utility is opposing a $2.9 million bankruptcy settlement that would fund projects to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in January. West Virginia American Water says Freedom Industries shouldn't use money from its...  

In Quake, Wine Barrels Became Quarter-Ton Projectiles

September 3, 2014 12:06 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing worries about...

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Maine Company Recalls More Than 25K Pounds of Beef

September 3, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease. State officials announced Friday that Bubier Meats of Greene is recalling fresh beef because...

Fingerprints For Freight Items

September 3, 2014 11:14 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Security is a top priority in air freight logistics, but screening procedures can be very time consuming and costly. Fraunhofer researchers intend to boost efficiency with a new approach to digital logistics without sacrificing the security of air freight operations. Thousands of freight items are shipped by plane every day, and around seventy percent of them...

Halliburton Reaches $1.1B Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 5:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement, which is subject to court approval, will be paid into a trust until appeals are resolved over the next two years. Halliburton was...

Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After 2012 Shutdown

August 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner. Valero Renewable Fuels said the plant ...        

Robot Fights Infrastructure Corrosion

August 28, 2014 2:47 pm | by Anna Maltsev, ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Many citizens rely on Switzerland’s 3,500 motorway bridges – plus thousands more on cantonal roads – to carry them safely across valleys, streams, rivers and other roads. Most of these bridges have ...        

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Lockheed Martin's Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow

August 28, 2014 2:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today. A press release from Lockheed Martin indicates that the U.S. Navy will begin ...

FDA Investigating Large Maine Lobster Processor

August 28, 2014 9:25 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Maine's major lobster processors says it has addressed a battery of violations brought forth by the Food and Drug Administration, but the federal agency says it has not yet cleared ...          

Cutting Emissions Pays For Itself

August 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Lower rates of asthma and other health problems are frequently cited as benefits of policies aimed at cutting carbon emissions from sources like power plants and vehicles, because these policies also ...         

U.S. Investigates Ford Explorer Police SUV Brake Hose Failures

August 26, 2014 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers ...       

Blade From Power Saw Impales Worker

August 26, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Houston construction worker has been hospitalized after he was impaled in the chest by a circular blade that became detached from a power saw. Houston fire spokesman Kenyatta Parker says the man was ...        

Gov't Warns Retailers About Hacking Software

August 25, 2014 10:09 am | by Alicia A. Caldwell & Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. The government urged ...   

Ford Recalling More Than 160K Vehicles

August 22, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues. The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says ...        

Improving Car Safety With LEDs

August 21, 2014 12:29 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Entrepreneur Michael Haas lights up LEDs to improve car safety with a system he invented called Haas Perimeter Lighting Technology.                   

New Listeria Death Linked To Tainted Meat

August 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Danish health officials say a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated meat may have killed an 11th person. Steen Ethelberg of the state health agency SSI said Thursday the deceased person had bacteria similar to those of people who ...  

Recaro Recalls Child Safety Seats

August 20, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recaro is recalling more than 39,000 child safety seats because they can let a child's head move too far in a crash. The recall covers ProSport model 385 seats made from  ...           

China Fines 12 Firms In Auto Price Probe

August 20, 2014 12:08 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry. Beijing has launched a series of investigations of ...

Chemical Fire Disables Tanker

August 20, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An engine-room fire has disabled a private commercial chemical tanker 700 miles off the Oregon coast, and one crew member has died, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. The fire was extinguished by the vessel's own installed firefighting systems, but ...

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