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New Rules Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 10:40 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The government is mandating new safety regulations that it says will help protect workers on electrical power plants and transmission lines.                             

PG&E Facing Criminal Charges In Fatal Pipeline Blast

April 2, 2014 10:39 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was charged Tuesday with U.S. felony counts involving safety violations linked to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Japan Allows Residents Back Into Evacuation Zone

April 1, 2014 10:40 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

For the first time since Japan's nuclear disaster three years ago, authorities are allowing residents to return to live in their homes within a tiny part of a 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant.                              

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4 More Workers Contaminated During Nuclear Leak

April 1, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Energy says tests show four more workers were contaminated with low levels of radiation during a leak at federal government's underground nuclear waste dump.                

4 Hurt, 200 Evacuated After Explosion & Fire At Gas Processing Plant

March 31, 2014 4:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A large explosion and fire Monday at natural gas processing plant near the Washington-Oregon border injured four workers and led to the evacuation of about 200 people from nearby homes as flames and a mushroom-shaped cloud of black smoke reached high into the air.

9 Injured In Acid Tank Explosion

March 31, 2014 10:27 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded and filled the building with a cloud of corrosive vapor, officials said. 

Kentucky Cuts Mining Inspection Budget

March 27, 2014 10:49 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal mines in Kentucky would be subject to fewer state inspections under the Senate's budget proposal — a change that safety advocates say would raise the risk for miners, but one the plan's proponents argue is justified given declining mining operations in the state.

Indiana Company Appeals Mill Death Fine

March 27, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Gary construction company plans to appeal a proposed state fine of $3,500 for allegedly not alerting employees to unsafe conditions before a nearly 4-ton steel plate fell, killing one worker and injuring two others.            

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Lawmakers Take Hard Look At Oil Shipping Safety

March 27, 2014 10:25 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers are working to ensure that increased rail shipments of oil to Delaware come with adequate safety and response measures.                                  

Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions in place and adequate training, severe injuries or death can occur. OSHA recently revised its Hazard Communication standard to adopt the Globally Harmoni

Debunking Hazard Communication Misconceptions

March 27, 2014 4:57 am | by CINTAS | Articles | Comments

Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions and adequate training severe injuries or death can occur. To help organizations navigate the recently revised HazCom requirements, we'll debunk six popular HazCom/GHS myths.

Questioning Safety At Nuclear Waste Dump

March 25, 2014 4:41 pm | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The recent truck fire and radiation release from the government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico were "near misses" at a facility whose workers proved unprepared to respond to the emergencies, the head of an independent oversight agency said.

Property Owners Sue Over WV Pipeline Blast

March 24, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NiSource Inc. and two subsidiaries are being sued by two Sissonville property owners over a 2012 natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion.                             

Pest Management Key To FSMA Compliance

March 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Missy Henriksen and Dr. Jim Fredericks, the National Pest Management Association | Articles | Comments

The first Food Safety Modernization Act deadline will force food facilities to evaluate their operations, implement and monitor measures to prevent contamination and develop an action plan to counter it. One of the best ways facilities can comply with this new rule is with a rigorous pest management program.

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Colorado Debates Drilling Health Study

March 21, 2014 10:25 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado proposal to commission a new study about the health effects of drilling on the Front Range sparked strong emotions in its first legislative hearing.                        

Company Cited For Coal Slurry Death

March 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal company has been cited by federal mining regulators for the November 2012 collapse of a Harrison County coal slurry impoundment that left a miner dead.

OSHA's Top 10 Violations Of 2013 & How To Prevent Them

March 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA releases a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards violations. This year's list is almost identical to last year's, highlighting the need for greater attention to safety on the plant floor. Read on for some expert insight on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility in 2014.  

Con Ed Pays 90 NYC Gas Leak Blast Victims

March 20, 2014 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Con Edison has made compensation payments to nearly 90 survivors and residents displaced by the fatal explosion last week in New York City.                              

MN Ethanol Plant Restarts After Fire

March 17, 2014 4:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Green Plains Otter Tail, a subsidiary of Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc., began producing ethanol Sunday. The plant was temporarily shut down after a fire in the plant's dryer system on March 10.            

Navy SEALs Seize Rebel-Held Oil Tanker

March 17, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of Navy SEALs has taken control of a stateless oil tanker seized earlier in the month by Libyan rebels, the Pentagon said Monday.                                   

Making Compressed Air OSHA-Compliant

March 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

On the plant floor, workers often find ways to get something done faster or more efficiently, but sometimes these shortcuts can run a company afoul of OSHA regulations. In operations where workers end up getting covered in dust, they might turn a compressed air gun at themselves, unfortunately this can be exceptionally dangerous.

Multiple Violations For Listeria-Linked Plant

March 14, 2014 10:47 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal inspectors have found multiple problems since 2000 at a Delaware dairy facility whose operations were recently halted because of a deadly food-borne bacteria outbreak, but they found no evidence of listeria contamination at Roos Foods in Kenton until a few weeks ago.

Visitors Still Worried About WV Water

March 14, 2014 10:31 am | by JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

A chemical spill that tainted the tap water for 300,000 West Virginians two months ago continues to concern many people far outside the spill area who are confronting their own worries about Charleston's water as they visit this week for a state basketball tournament.

Nuclear Dump Fire Deemed Preventable

March 14, 2014 10:28 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system, according to a report to be released today.

1 Dead In Arkansas Plant Accident

March 13, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Arkansas say an employee at a manufacturing plant has died in an industrial accident.                                

Former U.S. Nuclear Chief: Fukushima's Lessons

March 13, 2014 10:14 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Gregory Jaczko, who stepped down as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2012, still believes he was right when he issued a 50-mile evacuation warning for Americans around Fukushima, and believes the events at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant show that nuclear power should be phased out in Japan and worldwide.

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