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Feds Tighten Rules On Workplace Death Reporting

September 11, 2014 3:54 pm | by TOM RAUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government on Thursday moved to tighten its rules on the reporting of workplace deaths and severe injuries, declaring that employers beginning Jan. 1 must report any fatalities within eight hours of the accident or incident.

Management Found At Fault In Miner's Death

September 11, 2014 9:58 am | by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety regulators blamed mine management in the death of a worker at Nevada gold mine this spring, saying managers didn't ensure his workplace was free of dangerous clutter and allowed him to work alone where other employees couldn't hear his cries for help.

Blast Rocks Chemical Waste Plant

September 10, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion rocked a chemical waste facility Tuesday night near Bremen in northwestern Germany, injuring several people, police said.                                             

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5 Key Reasons To Keep Maintenance History

September 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and heightens awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will also narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment.      

Bodies Of 5 Buried Miners Recovered

September 8, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Families and friends have buried five Bosnian miners whose bodies were recovered from a coal mine pit that collapsed last week when a 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit the central town of Zenica.                      

After Algae Scare, States Ask EPA For Help

September 8, 2014 10:19 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Algae that turned Lake Erie green and produced toxins that fouled the tap water for 400,000 people in the Toledo area are becoming a big headache for those who keep drinking water safe even far beyond the Great Lakes.                           

29 Rescued, 5 Still Buried After Mine Collapse

September 5, 2014 10:03 am | by SABINA NIKSIC, AMER COHADZIC, Associated Press | News | Comments

One by one, rescue workers pulled 29 miners out of a trouble-plagued coal mine Friday after it had collapsed a day earlier in central Bosnia. Five men remained buried deep underground as officials halted rescue efforts.                          

Kansas Chemical Company Under Investigation

September 4, 2014 9:53 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. environmental regulators are investigating a Kansas chemical manufacturing company over allegations it unlawfully disposed of fluids down a well in violation of federal safe drinking water laws, unsealed search warrants show.              

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Saving Lives By Lowering Emissions

September 3, 2014 4:45 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

After scoring a Supreme Court victory this spring, the Environmental Protection Agency can move forward with its strategy to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants in several states — and new research suggests the impact could be lifesaving.

PG&E To Appeal Blast Penalty

September 3, 2014 4:32 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people.                      

Think Workplace Injuries Aren't Affecting Your Bottom Line?

September 3, 2014 11:43 am | by UL Workplace Health & Safety | 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.                      

Questions Arise Over State's Share Of PG&E Blast Payout

September 3, 2014 10:10 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

By far the largest share of a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people will go directly to the state with no strings attached.                 

Search Called Off For Missing Miners

September 3, 2014 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nicaragua's government said it has called off a search for as many as seven missing miners because cave-ins made the effort too dangerous to continue, and hopes have faded that anyone could be found alive after five days.                         

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Judges Recommend $1.4B Penalty For PG&E

September 3, 2014 10:00 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday — the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state — for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco neighborhood. 

Toward Safer Anhydrous Ammonia

September 2, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An effective but dangerous pressurized gas known as anhydrous ammonia has been used for years to deliver nitrogen to soil and crops, and a safer delivery method that uses dry pellets is becoming an increasingly popular alternative.

Statoil Resumes Algerian Operations After Deaths

September 2, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Norwegian oil company Statoil says it will resume operations at a gas field in Algeria, 19 months after five Norwegian workers were killed in a terrorist attack there.                               

Asset Management: Applying Maturity Models

August 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

As asset performance has become an increasingly important aspect of manufacturing profitability, companies are rushing to adopt progressive maintenance practices. However, asset performance management is more complicated that it may seem, click here for a breakdown of APM maturity models and the importance of understanding them further.

WV PSC Chairman Steps Down From Spill Probe

August 28, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Public Service Commission's chairman has removed himself from an investigation into a water company's response to a January chemical spill.                            

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Explosion At BP Refinery

August 28, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire broke out after an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which rattled nearby homes.                                             

Propane Train Derails, Prompts Evacuation

August 27, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying unscented propane derailed near Canada's border with Minnesota and North Dakota early Tuesday.                                      

Toledo Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Resigns After Toxic Contamination

August 26, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A city official who was in charge of Toledo's water treatment plant has resigned just three weeks after toxins contaminated the water supply for about 400,000 people.                        

Cutting Emissions Pays For Itself

August 26, 2014 10:21 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? MIT researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

Mortar Round Caused Deadly Plant Blast

August 25, 2014 4:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in a St. Louis suburb where a recycling plant explosion killed two people say it was caused by a mortar round.                                  

2 Killed And More Injured In Plant Explosion

August 25, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say two people are dead and more are injured after an explosion at a recycling plant in southern Illinois earlier this morning.                                       

Improving The Crash-Worthiness Of Railcars

August 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Dassault Systems | Articles | Comments

In the early 20th century, a strange spectator sport flourished in America: train crashing. They were so popular that 73 crashes (destroying 146 trains) were staged between 1896 and 1932 at state fairs. These days, engineers (not the train-drivers) who want to observe a crash can run perfectly safe, highly accurate virtual collisions on a computer screen.

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