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Safety violations hit compounding pharmacy, worsening hospital painkiller shortfalls

April 16, 2018 |

Safety violations at a major compounding pharmacy are exacerbating hospital shortages of key painkillers, particularly in California where health officials have taken the “extraordinary” step of prohibiting sales from one of its plants.

In late March, California’s Board of Pharmacy barred the distribution…


L.A. Times – Business

Teacher Who Fired Gun in School Safety Class Resigns

April 12, 2018 |

A teacher who accidentally fired a gun inside a Northern California classroom while teaching firearm safety has resigned. KSBW-TV reports that Dennis Alexander submitted his resignation to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District on March 29. It will be effective at the end of the school year. Police say Alexander…
Newser

Arizona halts Uber self-driving tests; supplier says Uber disabled Volvo safety system before fatality

March 27, 2018 |

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey suspended Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving car tests on Monday, after the death of a pedestrian who was hit by one of the company’s vehicles while crossing a road in Tempe.

“Improving public safety has always been the emphasis of Arizona’s approach to autonomous vehicle…


L.A. Times – Business

How Brexit Has Put Citizen Safety in Play

February 23, 2018 |

For the U.K., losing access to European security programs could have important consequences, Stephen Fidler writes.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

In Train Crash, Safety Upgrade May Have Played a Role

February 6, 2018 |

Transportation officials have said that a safety system known as Positive Train Control could have prevented the deadly Amtrak train crash in South Carolina over the weekend. Now the AP reports that crews were actually installing it when the accident occurred. In fact, the very installation process may have played…
Newser

U.S. safety board opens investigation into second Tesla Autopilot crash

January 24, 2018 |

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board will investigate an accident involving a Tesla Inc. Model S sedan that rear-ended a firetruck on a Southern California freeway Monday, the agency said.

The agency will send two investigators to conduct a field inquiry of the crash that occurred near…


L.A. Times – Business

Judge orders new superbug trial after finding that Olympus didn’t properly disclose safety concerns

January 19, 2018 |

A Seattle judge said Olympus Corp. failed to properly disclose internal emails that raised safety concerns about a redesigned medical scope as early as 2008, several years before the device was publicly tied to deadly superbug outbreaks.

Citing those “willful discovery violations” by the Japanese…


L.A. Times – Business

Hack at Petrochemical Plant Compromised a Safety System

January 18, 2018 |

Hackers who attacked a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia last year gained control over a safety shut-off system that is critical in defending against catastrophic events.
WSJ.com: US Business

As SpaceX and Boeing prepare to fly their new capsules, Congress emphasizes crew safety

January 17, 2018 |

If all goes according to plan, this year could mark the first time since 2011 that U.S. astronauts will blast off to the International Space Station in an American-made spacecraft.

It’s been a long process to get to this point. Schedule delays have pushed back the first crewed tests of the new…


L.A. Times – Business

San Francisco tilting high-rise cited for fire safety danger

January 5, 2018 |

San Francisco city building inspectors have issued a citation against a tilting 58-story residential tower for an apparent fire safety risk.
FOX News