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Torque wrench safety

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“Tight is tight,” my old shop teacher would say.  “If you overtighten you’ll strip the threads and it’s damaged and can’t be repaired.”   Most of us that have used a wrench have stripped or overtightened something and when that happens, there’s no going back.  The same thing can happen when applying safety—too much, too often, and too strong can cause ...

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Trial set for man accused of stealing oil patch explosives

tyler porter, explosives

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his Williston home is scheduled to stand trial this fall on five charges that could land him in federal prison for 50 years. Attorneys for Tyler Porter earlier this month entered not guilty pleas on his behalf, and U.S. Magistrate Judge ...

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Oklahoma repo man takes possession of car with baby inside

baby, carseat

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma repo man got more than he bargained for when he repossessed a car with a baby strapped into the back seat. Tulsa television station KOTV reports (http://bit.ly/2a26gnO ) that the repossession company employee spotted the car Saturday parked at an oil change business in Tulsa. He towed the vehicle to a convenience store where ...

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Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says

fracking, asthma

CHICAGO (AP) — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania. The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with more or bigger active wells than those living ...

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Tornado warning forces 3 world leaders into school basement

Bush Clinton Blair tornado

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three former world leaders were forced to take shelter in the lower level of an Arkansas high school after tornado sirens blared during a graduation ceremony for the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair were attending the ceremony at Little Rock’s Central ...

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Electric company urges Pokemon Go players to use caution

Pokemon

SUMMERDALE, Ala. (AP) — The Baldwin Electric Membership Cooperative is warning Pokemon Go players to stay away from power lines, transformers and substations when playing the game. The Summerdale-based company said in a statement Thursday that players should “exercise extreme caution” while attempting to catch Pokemon. It says electric utilities cannot control where the Pokemon appear, making it important for ...

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Where’s the value in contractor vetting?

contractor safety

ISNetworld, BROWZ, First Verify, PICS, and other third party vetting providers serve to ensure that your health and safety programs and practices meet client requirements.  To put it another way, if you want a client’s business, you’d better have what the client is looking for.  The formal vetting of contractors to pre-qualify them for work has been around for a ...

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Pumping on hold as fire burns at New Mexico oil facility

New Mexico fire

NAGEEZI, N.M. (AP) — All pumping remains on hold at an oil production site in northwestern New Mexico after a fire was sparked earlier this week. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based WPX Energy says the fire started Monday when 36 temporary storage tanks caught fire. Four tanks were still burning Thursday, and the flames were being allowed to burn out. WPX says it ...

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About 840 gallons of oil, water mix winds up in Sully Creek

oil and water

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says about 840 gallons of an oil and water mixture spilled off a well pad in Billings County and into Sully Creek. The spill happened Monday at a site about four miles west of Fryburg. The well is operated by Hess Bakken Investments II. The company estimates that 8,400 gallons ...

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Upgrades to unsafe tank cars could take 15 years, board says

oil train accidents, rail cars

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Accident-prone tank cars used to haul crude oil and ethanol by rail could remain in service for another 15 years under federal rules that allow companies to phase in upgrades to the aging fleet, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. Transportation officials and railroad representatives have touted the rules as a key piece of ...

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