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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Workers Kill CEO; Chinese Spyware Phone

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Indian factory workers killing the CEO over a dispute about work hours to a Chinese-made phone that comes with spyware.          

Senator Wants To Tighten Controls On Radioactive Material

June 19, 2014 1:50 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. senator is urging the Obama administration to tighten procedures after a congressional audit found security problems at companies using radioactive material.                     

Feds: Trucker In Morgan Crash Was Speeding

June 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A report on the crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man says the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding before the crash.                

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GM Employee Warned Of Stalling In Impalas In 2005

June 19, 2014 8:26 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In an e-mail to 11 GM colleagues on Aug. 30, 2005, GM employee Laura Andres wrote: "I think this is a serious safety problem ... I'm thinking big recall."                  

Washington Residents Oppose Oil Shipments

June 19, 2014 8:18 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee met in Spokane, a major railroad hub for the northern United States, to take testimony on a bill that seeks to improve the safety of those oil shipments.          

1 Dead After Washington Fireworks Explosion

June 19, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

A deadly blast at a fireworks plant in Washington state came as workers were preparing shells for shipping, an Entertainment Fireworks official says.                              

Gov't Opens 2 New Chrysler Investigations

June 18, 2014 1:04 pm | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has opened two new investigations into Chrysler over complaints that the ignition key could shut the engine off and cause air bags not to deploy in a crash.       

Lawmakers Press GM On Report Findings

June 18, 2014 10:59 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

House members say they still have many questions about General Motors' delayed recall of small cars, including whether the company's culture has truly changed.                

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Va. Resumes Chicken Exports To China

June 18, 2014 9:24 am | News | Comments

China blocked Virginia chicken exports in 2007 after a case of pathogenic avian influenza was reported on a single farm in Virginia.                     

Dr. Oz Scolded At Weight Loss Scam Hearing

June 18, 2014 8:18 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz is offering to help "drain the swamp" of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight.        

Consumers Aren't Shying Away From GM

June 18, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM has retained buyers' confidence by appearing to act quickly on safety matters — even though GM's internal investigation into the small-car switch recall showed that employees took years to realize they had a safety problem on their hands.    

Report: Chinese Smartphone Comes Preloaded With Spyware

June 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Raphael Satter and Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday.                 

Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

June 17, 2014 11:06 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.             

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Explosion-Proof Vacuums: An Investment In Safety

June 17, 2014 11:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Plant explosions in recent months should serve as a reminder for industrial users to review their vacuums to ensure they are suitable in explosion-proof applications, such as those relating to combustible dust.           

Dealing With 'Fast-Breaking' Crisis Situations In Your Plant

June 17, 2014 10:46 am | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International | Articles | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                 

Your Motto: Be Prepared

June 17, 2014 10:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

The scary thing about emergency preparedness is that you need to be prepared for anything. For many manufacturers, this applies not only to protecting your equipment and your productivity, but also your people.               

4 Months Into Recall, Only 7 Pct. Of GM Cars Fixed

June 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More than four months after General Motors started recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.               

Wyo. OSHA Did Not Inspect Sugar Plant Before Death

June 17, 2014 8:12 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has no record of ever inspecting Western Sugar Cooperative's beet-processing plant in Lovell before a woman died there in an industrial accident this year.          

Feds Not Inspecting 4 In 10 Higher-Risk Wells

June 17, 2014 8:09 am | by Hope Yen and Thomas Peipert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to an AP review.

How Will GM Fix Its Corporate Culture?

June 17, 2014 8:06 am | by Ivan Moreno, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette wants General Motors to explain how it plans to fix what's been described as a lax corporate culture and how the company plans to compensate victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches.              

GM Recalls Top 20M Globally

June 17, 2014 7:56 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling another 3 million cars because of a defect that causes a similar problem to one that led to an earlier massive recall of small cars, and is linked to 13 deaths.             

Airliner With Problem Returns To LA

June 16, 2014 3:55 pm | News | Comments

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to the Washington, D.C., area returned to Los Angeles because of a problem with the Boeing 737's air-speed indicator.          

Sen. Schumer Wants Tighter Trucking Regulations

June 16, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

The New York Democrat has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to speed up a requirement that companies and drivers use electronic devices to log hours driven, he told a Manhattan news conference.              

Nuclear Industry Developing Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 8:01 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are trying to develop tougher types of fuel that might reduce the damage during extreme events like the one at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.                  

Kentucky Settles 10-Year Legal Battle With Tobacco Companies

June 13, 2014 2:52 pm | by Adam Beam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tobacco companies have agreed to pay Kentucky more than $110 million to settle a 10-year legal battle over the state's share of the tobacco master settlement agreement.               

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