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Wildfire Burning in California Mountains Grows

GOLETA, Calif. — A wildfire burning Tuesday on Southern California mountains north of Santa Barbara forced as many as 6,300 people from their homes, but an approaching storm offered hope that the flames would be doused, authorities said. The fire …

How Pennsylvania Keeps Natural Landmarks Safe for Public Use

Despite a tricky and manpower-intensive rescue of a teenager, Wind Cave in southern Lancaster County will not be closed to public use. Warning signs, however, will be erected at access points to the popular cave, said Phil Wenger, president and …

Risk Experts Say Candidates’ Focus on Wrong Hazards

It’s a scary world out there, risk experts agree, but they say Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton often focus on the wrong dangers – fixing on hazards that are unlikely, or unlikely to cause massive pain. The Associated Press asked …

Cold, Mold Loom as Hazards in Sandy Disaster Zones

A month after Sandy’s floodwaters swept up his block, punched a hole in his foundation and drowned his furnace, John Frawley still has no electricity or heat in his dilapidated home on the Rockaway seashore. The 57-year-old, who also lost …

OSHA Cites Mississippi Shipyard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard for 50 safety violations and has proposed penalties of $176,444. OSHA officials say in a news release that the penalties against Huntington Ingalls Industries and five subcontractors come …

Workplace Safety a Concern for Some in Alabama

It’s not uncommon for Troy Collett to feel like he’s playing a game of dodge cars when he’s making a delivery in downtown Florence, Alabama. “I’ve felt the exhaust off the tailpipes (of the cars) many times,” said Collett, a …

Maryland Trucking Company Shut Down Due to Safety Issues

Maryland-based Gunthers Transport, LLC has been declared an imminent hazard to public safety, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The trucking company was ordered by the FMCSA to immediately cease all transportation services. …

Kansas Earthquake Risk Rated Low

When it comes to the threat of damage and chaos from disasters in Kansas, earthquakes rank nearly at the bottom of the state’s list of concerns. Earthquakes rank 21st out of 22 potential hazards listed in the official state response …

OSHA Cites Mississippi’s Grenada Stamping for Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Grenada, Miss., company for 26 safety violations and has proposed penalties of $113,400. OSHA officials say in a news release that the penalties against Grenada Stamping and Assembly Inc., doing business …

Responders Train for Hybrid, Electric Car Rescues

On Interstate 84 recently, a taxi became lodged under a tractor-trailer after being struck from behind. The first priority for firefighters was getting the victim out of the car but because the vehicle had been so severely damaged, no one …