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New Safety Rules Proposed To Phase Out Old Oil Trains

July 23, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

Oil Supply Plant Fire Finally Extinguished

July 23, 2014 10:07 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive blaze that shot fireballs into the sky at an oil supply and logistics company in a...

Industrial Fire's Cause Still Unknown

July 23, 2014 10:05 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than half a day after an industrial fire broke out in the North Dakota oil patch town of...

People, Processes And Problems

July 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Tom Comstock, Vice President, DELMIA Strategy & User Experience, Dassault Systèmes | Articles | Comments

One glance at your morning newspaper and you’ll find troubling news within today’s global...

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Ex-Miner Asks Congress For Help For Black Lung Sufferers

July 22, 2014 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate Health Committee's employment and workplace safety subcommittee held the hearing in response to a series by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News on black lung benefits claims for miners. The yearlong investigation, which won a Pulitzer prize for the Center for Public Integrity, examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners.

Overloaded Bins Caused Fatal January Accident

July 22, 2014 10:20 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said.                      

1 Killed, 65 Hurt In LPG Tanker Blast

July 22, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Anadolu Agency said the accident early Tuesday caused a large blast and a fireball that engulfed two passenger buses and other vehicles that were also traveling on the road near the town of Lice, some 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of the city of Diyarbakir. 

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Lightning Threatens Fracking Water Disposal Sites

July 21, 2014 10:46 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame. 

Train Collision Spills Thousands Of Gallons Of Diesel Oil

July 21, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.            

New Earthquake Map Shows Increased Risk For Much Of U.S.

July 18, 2014 10:29 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.                                     

Explosion At Ethanol Plant

July 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.                        

On The Hunt For The Hottest Job In America

July 17, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

Know someone who’s feeling the heat at work-literally? Cintas Corporation and The Sqwincher Corporation, a leader in electrolyte replacement drinks, launched its “Hottest Job in America” contest for employees in high-heat environments. The prize package includes cooling products and a pair of NFL tickets.

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New Gas Lines, Less Gas Leaks

July 17, 2014 10:25 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group.

No Easy Answer To Fracking Health Questions

July 17, 2014 10:23 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health said Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue.                   

Chemical Leak Sickens 100

July 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 90 people, including primary school students, were sickened by a chemical leak from a Hong Kong ship in eastern Thailand on Thursday, authorities said.                      

Feds Offer Advice After Deadly WV Explosion

July 17, 2014 10:12 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Cumberland metal recycling plant lacked a safety system to collect combustible dust during a 2010 explosion that killed three people and injured another, according to federal investigators.                

Explosion-Proof Vacuums: An Investment In Safety

July 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Plant explosions 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. In addition to satisfying OSHA requirements, manufacturers must also keep workers safe.

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10 Safety Tips For Operating Aerial Lifts

July 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Terex Corporation | Articles | Comments

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Those deaths could have been prevented.                  

The Link Between Injection Wells & Earthquakes

July 15, 2014 10:00 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press | News | Comments

States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.  

Is The Texas Fertilizer Explosion Doomed To Repeat Itself?

July 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, MBT | Blogs | Comments

The small town of West, Texas recently marked the one year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and injured 200 others. Subsequent news on the accident went largely unnoticed, because it happened on April 17, two days after the Boston Marathon. But since the blast little has been done to ensure it won’t happen again.

Railroad Crashes Prompt New Safety Rules

July 14, 2014 10:35 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A string of fiery train derailments across North America has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the U.S. government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.                  

7 Earthquakes Hit Oklahoma

July 14, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded seven small earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma in a span of about 14 hours.                                  

Addressing Fracking Health Impacts In Pennsylvania

July 14, 2014 9:50 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms.                                 

Preventing Heat Stress On The Job

July 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC | Articles | Comments

Many industries face challenges when it comes to providing a cool working environment, particularly in heat-susceptible areas such as industrial plants and manufacturing facilities. These extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.

Chemical Plant Blast Injures 1

July 11, 2014 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A small explosion at a chemical plant in southern New Jersey forced the evacuation of employees and left one person injured.                             

Gas Explosion Kills 1, Injures 36

July 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas explosion in a bakery in southwest Turkey killed one person and injured 36 others on Friday, the country's emergency management agency said.                        

Dozens of skeptical citizens on Monday urged West Virginia officials to create meaningful regulatory and enforcement changes following a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for days.

Study Shows WV Spill Chemical More Toxic Than Originally Thought

July 10, 2014 1:27 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study shows a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated.                            

Drought Drives Texas To Drink Treated Wastewater

July 10, 2014 1:25 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.                              

Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

July 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.                                     

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