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FAA Proposes Fine of $1.25M on Boeing for Pressuring Workers at Airplane Plant

WASHINGTON/SEATTLE –The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it was proposing to fine Boeing Co $1.25 million after the agency alleged Boeing managers at its South Carolina plant exerted undue pressure on workers who handle safety oversight work on …

PG&E Could Have Prevented Deadly California Fire, State Says

Bankrupt utility giant PG&E Corp. for years failed to properly inspect and maintain its transmission system — an oversight that led a live wire to fall and ignite the deadliest blaze in California history last year, state investigators said. A …

Records Reveal Inspection Lapse at California Oil and Gas Wells

Federal officials in charge of overseeing the drilling of new oil wells on public land in California let three years pass without inspecting some high-priority sites, according to public records. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management records say 31 of …

Evacuated Georgia Concert Hall Awaiting Inspection

A century-old concert hall in downtown Atlanta, Ga., is awaiting an engineer’s inspection before Saturday night’s scheduled performance after fans were evacuated during a rock show. Panic! at the Disco was performing Friday night when the floor of The Tabernacle …

Deficient Levees Found Across America

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, inspectors taking the first-ever inventory of flood control systems overseen by the U.S. government have found hundreds of structures at risk of failing and endangering people and property. Levees deemed in unacceptable …

Document About Titanic Safety Fears Up for Sale

A British safety official who inspected Titanic before its maiden voyage thought it should have more lifeboats, according to his private notes, which are being offered for sale this month. However, Capt. Maurice Clarke, a Board of Trade safety and …

Inspector Checks Vermont Wind Project After Rains

An inspector from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is trying to determine how well storm-water runoff controls worked at the site of the under-construction wind power project on Lowell Mountain. Green Mountain Power officials called the storm that passed …

Safety Agency Calls for Checks on A380 Wing Parts

Europe’s air safety authority told airlines Friday to inspect nearly a third of the world’s A380 superjumbo jets within about six weeks after Airbus found new cracks in metal brackets inside the wings. The European Aviation Safety Agency issued an …

Montana Pipeline Council to Get Inspection Results

Federal safety regulators are due to disclose whether any more oil or gas pipelines crossing beneath Montana waterways could be at risk of failure. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Transportation will appear Tuesday before a governor-appointed council to deliver …

Report: Texas Lax in Monitoring Nursing Homes

Texas has heavily reduced its enforcement of rules that govern the state’s nursing homes, due in part to budget cuts, legislative changes and inspectors being discouraged from citing bad conditions, according to an analysis by a newspaper. The Dallas Morning …