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Jury to Restart Deliberations in Oakland Warehouse Fire Case

OAKLAND, Calif. — Three jurors were dismissed Monday for undisclosed reasons on the 10th day of deliberations in the trial of two men charged in the deaths of 36 partygoers from a fire inside a cluttered San Francisco Bay Area …

Walmart Sues Tesla Over Fires Linked to Rooftop Solar Panel Systems

Walmart Inc. sued Tesla Inc., claiming it failed to live up to industry standards in the installation of solar panels on top of hundreds of stores, resulting in multiple fires across the U.S. The retailer said it had leased or …

FMSCA Orders N.C. Van Company Off the Road For Safety Violations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared North Carolina-based ATA Trail Inc. an imminent hazard to public safety, and ordered the passenger van company to immediately cease all transportation services. FMCSA issued an imminent …

Group Wants Action to Prevent N.C. Farmworker Deaths

A farmworker advocacy group is calling on North Carolina officials to be more consistent in inspections and penalties for operations that violate safety laws. The Farmworker Advocacy Network highlighted its concerns by hosting an event Tuesday based around the Day …

Feds Make Slow Progress on Flood Levee in Louisiana

More than six years after Hurricane Katrina’s rampage, authorities have taken only halting steps toward identifying weaknesses in a nationwide patchwork of levees intended to protect millions of Americans’ lives and property during potentially catastrophic floods. The U.S. Army Corps …

Federal Official: Bus Safety Enforcement Bolstered

A federal bus safety official says authorities have conducted more than 30,000 bus inspections this year through a series of “strike force” actions aimed at improving passenger safety in the wake of several high-profile tour bus crashes. Ann Ferro, administrator …

How to Optimize the Value of Inspections

Insurance carriers spend approximately $190 million a year on inspection programs, yet 75 percent of inspections done today offer no immediate value to loss experience or a carrier’s bottom line, according to a claims firm. The problem with inspection efficacy …

West Virginia Orders Emergency Mine Inspections

West Virginia mine safety officials have ordered emergency inspections of up to 500 rescue shelters in the state’s underground coal mines. The Charleston Gazette reported the Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training issued the order Friday. West Virginia mines …

In New Zealand, Post-Quake Inspections Can Mislead

Passing trucks shook the six-story office building constantly in the months after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in September 2010. “There were quite big cracks, you could see daylight from some offices with outside walls,” said receptionist Maryanne Jackson. But, she …

20 Years After North Carolina Plant Fire, Inspections Declining

Twenty years after the worst industrial accident in North Carolina history, there are signs that progress in worker safety made after the deaths of 25 people in a chicken plant fire is beginning to wane. The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday …