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Alabama Plant Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 12:07 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Wayne Farms LLC, which makes products under brand names Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous machinery, fall, and musculoskeletal disorder hazards. OSHA issued 11 citations...

Government Pushes Airbag Maker On Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent letters...

NY Revises Liquefied Gas Facilities Proposal

October 29, 2014 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York regulators have revised their proposed liquefied natural gas storage rules to include size restrictions in response to public comments. The regulations would allow LNG fueling and storage facilities in New York for the first time since 1973, when the state imposed a moratorium following a Staten Island explosion that killed...

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Ford Recalls 205K SUVs For Fuel Tank Leak

October 29, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire. The recall affects Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The company said Wednesday that it traced the problem to rust under...

Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs in two recalls for malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. The recalls bring the newly merged company's total for the year to 6.4 million vehicles worldwide and 5.1 million in the U.S. as it...

Cause Sought For Space-Supply Rocket Explosion

October 29, 2014 4:37 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA and officials from a commercial rocket company are searching for debris and answers following the explosion of a rocket and cargo module that were to deliver supplies to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Bill Wrobel is director of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops...

Commercial Supply Rocket Explodes At Liftoff

October 28, 2014 7:36 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station has exploded moments after liftoff. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, just six seconds after liftoff. The company says no one was believed to be hurt and the...

Rentech Commences Start-Up Of Atikokan Wood Pellet Facility

October 28, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rentech, Inc. announced today that start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility has begun. During the next few weeks, the plant will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing, and final commissioning. Sean Ebnet, senior vice president of Rentech’s wood fibre business, said, “I’m pleased to reach...

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Minibike Company Fined By Government Safety Agency

October 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Carolina company that sells minibikes and go-carts has agreed to pay $4.3 million in a settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission — the largest-ever civil penalty levied by the agency. CPSC alleged that Baja Inc. and its corporate affiliate, One World Technologies Inc., of...

VA Stops Use Of Guardrail Maker's Products

October 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia transportation officials plan to remove installations of a common highway-guardrail system amid safety concerns. The Virginia Department of Transportation also plans to seek reimbursement for the removal cost from the system's manufacturer, Dallas-based Trinity Industry, VDOT spokeswoman...

5 Injured In Industrial Plant Explosion

October 27, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city. Mayor Mike Bradley said the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon at the Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc. plant. Bradley says one person was...

Toyota Tops Consumer Reports Reliability Rankings

October 27, 2014 2:24 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota continues its winning streak atop Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings. The company's Toyota and Lexus brands top the survey, while its Scion brand is in the top ten. It's the eighth year in a row that a Toyota brand has led the rankings...

Manufacturer Halts Sales Of Highway Guardrails

October 24, 2014 5:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas company is stopping shipments of a common highway-guardrail system and conducting more crash tests after it lost a $175 million jury verdict. Trinity Industries Inc. said Friday that it would stop selling the ET-Plus system until testing is complete. Earlier this week, a jury in federal...

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Tanks To Get Cloaking Capabilities From Specialized Plates

October 24, 2014 11:46 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its color to disguise itself, scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change color to blend with its surroundings. The first PL-01 concept tank...

Discovery Of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 23, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there. Honda spokeswoman Anita Sipes confirms the production shutdown after the substance was discovered Thursday morning. She says the plant "is taking every precaution to protect the...

Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Defective parts are creating bad press and hurting the bottom line for the auto industry, so car companies are being more diligent in announcing recalls. It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring, stalling...

Apple Issues Security Warning For iCloud

October 22, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China."We're aware of intermittent organized network...

Government Ups Faulty Air Bag Warning To Nearly 8M Vehicles

October 22, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday put out a new list of vehicles, increasing the number from...

Jury Rules Against TX Company In Guardrail Case

October 21, 2014 6:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has decided that a Texas company should pay $175 million in a case involving the safety of thousands of guardrails on highways around the country. A whistleblower charged that the company changed the design of caps at each end of the guardrails a decade ago that made...

U.S. Oversight Increased At Millstone Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is stepping up oversight at Connecticut's nuclear plant following a safety violation, the federal agency said Tuesday. The Millstone Power Station in Waterford was cited for failure to address repetitive problems with a pump that is part of a...

Staples Investigating Possible Data Breach

October 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue. The office supplies retailer said Tuesday that if it turns up any data discrepancies during its investigation, customers won't be responsible for fraudulent activity on their...

Verdict: Guardrail Company Defrauded Government

October 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Last week Trinity Industries Inc., a manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails, went to court over allegations it changed its design to save on manufacturing costs — raising safety concerns and never informing authorities of the change. The jury decided the company should have told the government about...

Slovakia Bans Exports Of Drinking Water

October 21, 2014 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Slovak Parliament has voted to approve a constitutional amendment that bans exports of water from Slovakia. Some opposition lawmakers joined the ruling leftist Smer-Social Democracy in a 102-5 vote on Tuesday to approve the move that bans exports of drinking and mineral...

Tragic Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories

October 21, 2014 9:35 am | by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for gross safety and labor violations, and seized 33,427 sewing machines that were not up to code. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name...

Organic Standards Hazy For Nonfood Items

October 21, 2014 3:33 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona...

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