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High-Load Access Tailored to the Task

Spider has launched a modular suspended platform that can be configured for a variety of structures and projects.


'Widespread' PennDOT Scandal Nets 10

Ten more people have been charged in what authorities call an extensive corruption scandal surrounding the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Lithe Little Bot Shows Big Fat Potential

Leaky pipes cost Europe about one-third of its drinking water—a massive drain that a skinny little robot just might be able to plug, researchers say.


Robot Dives into Nuclear Inspection

For the first time, an underwater robot has inspected the storage tank floor of a nuclear reactor to meet Nuclear Energy Institute requirements—no draining or diving required.


Worker Reinstated after Secret Filming

A railroad machinist who was fired after secretly recording a test of faulty equipment will return to his position with back pay and damages, federal officials announced.


New Water Issues Bedevil Bay Bridge

After spending millions on extensive testing, California officials have revealed a new round of corrosion issues plaguing the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


Truckers Ignore Emergency Bridge Limits

Rushing to act after an engineering analysis showed a busy bridge failing, New York State officials imposed emergency load limits on the span—only to have truckers ignore them.


New Charges in PennDOT Scandal

Two more contractors for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have been indicted in a continuing state investigation into "massive and widespread theft, fraud, corruption, and money...


PG&E Faces $1.1B Criminal Indictment

A federal grand jury has accused California's largest utility of "knowingly and willfully" violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing the federal investigation into a gas-line explosion ...


CSB: Corroded Tanks Were Not Inspected

Severe corrosion damage unchecked by adequate inspections likely caused a January chemical spill that left nearly 300,000 West Virginians without drinking water for almost a week, according ...


Several Injured in Bridge Wall Collapse

A 25-foot section of decorative stone gave way from the Brooklyn Bridge's underpass Wednesday (July 2) night, injuring several people who were taking shelter from the heavy rains drenching N...


Storage Tank Bill Tabbed at $114M

A U.S. proposal to protect surface water from chemical storage facilities would cost about $114 million over four years, likely busting the federal threshold for unfunded mandates in the pri...


ROV Unit Inspects Sub-Sea Pipelines

A new, remote-controlled deepwater inspection tool for non-piggable pipelines boasts the ability to take non-destructive measurements on thin- and thick-walled pipelines at almost 10,000-foo...


MIT Robot Pinpoints Pipe Leaks

A new self-propelled robotic device could detect exponentially smaller pipeline leaks of gas, water and oil than traditional systems can, its developers say.


Bridge Bot Honored for Innovation

U.S. engineers are toasting an innovative robotic bridge inspection tool for its impact on the future of assessing structural health.


Audit Finds Skipped Bridge Inspections

The agency that oversees several New York City bridges failed to perform 47 inspections on structures that were already identified as potentially hazardous, a state audit claims.


New Job-Site Scrutiny Follows CA Deaths

The deaths of four workers on four jobs in four days in California will be bringing more safety inspectors to construction work sites, regulators have announced.


U.S. Auditors Fault Pipeline Oversight

The federal agency tasked with pipeline safety is doing an inadequate job and lacks effective management and oversight, concludes a new audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Offic...


A Fight to Root Out Pipeline Corrosion

A California utility is locked in a showdown with private and public property owners over its plan to remove hundreds of trees that are damaging and corroding area pipelines.


Officials Probe SC Bridge Failure

Investigators in South Carolina were still puzzling Thursday (May 1) over the collapse of a 20-foot section of bridge that derailed railroad cars passing below it.


Officials Cry Fowl on Painting Holdup

If only industrial scaffolding didn’t look so cozy and inviting—a place to curl up and call home. But apparently, it does—at least, if you’re a raven—and now, the town of Fair Lawn, NJ, will...


Pipe Corrosion Blamed in UT Blast

Pipeline walls thinned by corrosion and uninspected for over 20 years caused a major explosion at a Utah refinery—a scenario that has become “all too familiar,” federal officials announced.


Audit Bashes Louisiana Bridge Checks

Louisiana’s nearly 2,000 structurally deficient bridges aren’t getting the attention they deserve because of neglected inspections and billions in backlogged maintenance, state auditors have...


PG&E Faces 12 Felony Counts for Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric is being charged with 12 felonies in a criminal indictment for allegedly violating federal pipeline safety laws related to the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in San Br...


Troubled Viaduct Develops New Cracks

New cracks discovered on a seismically unstable double-deck highway in Seattle warrant a closer look, transportation officials say.


New Gauges Work with Mobile Devices

New inspection gauges from Elcometer transfer data directly to mobile devices to produce instant inspection reports, the company announced.


Galvanizers Unveil Inspection App

A new picture-based app offers inspectors, architects and engineers a clear visual guide to surface conditions and other critical information when evaluating hot-dip galvanized steel.


New Bridge Inspection Guide Released

The nation’s leading highway and transportation organization has published a new technical guide for agencies that perform element-level bridge inspections.


Pipeline Pig Maker Gets 19 Citations

Methylene chloride exposures, impalement and amputation dangers, and other alleged hazards have racked up $58,100 in fines against a Texas-based maker of pipeline cleaning pigs.


OSHA: Cable Ignored Before Collapse

A Nashville contractor declined to replace a damaged cable on a crane before it collapsed, despite daily inspections showing replacement was needed, federal authorities say.


Marine Coatings Get R&D Funding Boost

Several projects aimed at improving shipyard coatings and inspection processes will get a $430,000 boost in funding from the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Corrosion Blamed for Drooping Bridge

Corrosion caused a concrete pier on a Green Bay bridge to sink two feet, leaving a 400-foot section of the structure sagging across all lanes, Wisconsin officials have determined.


Sudden Sagging Closes WI Bridge

Wisconsin officials have closed a four-lane state bridge indefinitely after a 400-foot section of the structure abruptly dropped about two feet overnight.


Bridge Inspector Electrocuted in NY

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a bridge inspector who was electrocuted while working on a steel railroad bridge Monday (Aug. 26) in New York.


NRC OKs Cracking Measures at Seabrook

A new inspection report on concrete degradation at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant shows that appropriate measures have adequately addressed the cracks' root causes and potential impact, fe...


OSHA Probes Tower Painter’s Death

Federal inspectors are investigating the death of a painter who suffered a fatal fall from a water tower in the closing days of the project.


2 Inspectors Fall to their Deaths

Two transmission line inspectors in Texas have perished after the cable that suspended them from their hovering helicopter apparently struck the power line and snapped.


Floating Bridge Changes Cost DOT $81M

After owning up to its mistakes, the Washington Department of Transportation will pay the price: about $81 million in change orders to the multibillion-dollar SR 520 bridge replacement proje...


ICM Designing Robot to Clean Navy Subs

A robot is being developed to tackle the challenging task of cleaning or removing coatings from the inside of bilge tanks on United States Navy submarines.


Inspection Lapses at Hanford Leaked

An inability to inspect without written warning, an understaffed team, and missing reports are among the safety problems that federal officials have found with the Hanford nuclear site, a le...


Bridge Projects in MO, AZ, PA Kill 3

Devastating bridge construction accidents in three states have claimed the lives of three workers in 10 days, authorities report.


Standoff Grips $120M Problem Project

Not so fast. That's the word from Montgomery County, MD, which has advised Washington, D.C.'s transit agency that it cannot simply bail out of a troubled $120 million project that it ...


Agency Wants Out of Botched $120M Hub

Already $80 million over budget and more than two years behind schedule, a $120 million Maryland transit center will not be used as planned because its structural flaws are too expensive to ...


Bridge Problems Spur Shake-Up at WSDOT

Multimillion-dollar mistakes on a new, floating bridge near Seattle have cost the state’s lead engineer his job and fueled new legislation aimed at holding transportation officials responsib...


Shortcuts Revealed in Fatal FL Collapse

Five contractors are being blamed for a variety of shortcuts—from skipped inspections and welds to ignoring construction plans—in a Florida building collapse that killed four workers last fa...


Mall Principals Tied to ‘95 Collapse

Both the engineer and owner of the doomed Elliot Lake mall had similar connections to a Michigan mall that partially collapsed in 1995, the Elliot Lake Commission Inquiry learned last week.


Audit Rips Caltrans on Bridge Testing

California Department of Transportation employees falsified concrete testing data, were paid for work they did not perform, and stole steel beams and other materials from state project sites...


Concrete Mishap Spurs Bridge Work Redo

A brand-new bridge pillar on a highway project will be destroyed and rebuilt because the component's exterior is too thin, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has repor...


Neglect Seen in Deadly Tunnel Collapse

At least nine people were killed on Sunday (Dec. 2) morning in Japan when hundreds of tons of concrete fell from the ceiling of the Sasago Tunnel.


Feds: VT OSHA Bungling Death Probes

Are workers in states that run their own occupational safety and health programs getting the same protection as those in states overseen by federal regulators? A new federal audit—the lates...


Final Sentence Ends OH Painting Scandal

After spending six years in his native Greece to kick a cocaine addiction, a bridge painter has finally been sentenced in the United States, ending a massive Ohio bribery scam that dates bac...


Robots Take on GRP Pipe Inspection

New robotic imaging is tackling inspection of underground pipes in the European Union, with the launch of a system six years in development.


CA Tightens Pipeline Safety Laws

One year plus two pipeline explosions equals three new California laws aimed at ramping up natural-gas pipeline safety.


USACE Awards $18M ND Dam Painting

S&S Coatings Inc., of Spokane, WA, has been awarded an $18,271,224 contract to clean and recoat the 28 spillway gates at the Garrison Dam in central North Dakota.


UM Unplugs Bridge Safety Technology

New “smart bridge” technologies being developed by engineering teams at the University of Maryland may help prevent catastrophic failures like the one that befell the I-35 Bridge in Minneapo...


Push for Paperless Paint, Pruned Prep

Less grinding, new coating protocols, and something called “paperless paint” top the crop of research projects that will share $1.8 million in new funding from the National Shipbuilding Rese...


Global Consultant KTA-Tator Names CEO

Coatings consultancy KTA-Tator Inc. has appointed Daniel P. Adley, CIH, CSP, as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding company founder Kenneth B. Tator, P.E.


MA Bridge Worker Falls to His Death

Authorities are investigating the death of a bridge worker who fell 60 feet through a gap on Interstate 91 in Springfield, MA.


Corroded Pipe Blamed in Refinery Blast

BP’s failure to inspect and test “deadleg” pipe at its Cherry Point petroleum refinery in Blaine, WA, led to an explosion and blaze at the facility in February—a “willful” management violati...


New ‘Bridge Health Index’ Hones Structural Safety Assessments

A new ratings system that improves damage detection and measurement could help prevent catastrophic failures of pipelines, bridges and other concrete structures, scientists say.


Pipeline Owners Hunt for Smarter PIGs

Under growing pressure by regulators and the public to step up safety, the pipeline industry has put in-line inspection technology (ILI) on the front burner.


Monitoring Firm Admits to Bogus Reports

A global provider of specialty services for the oil and gas industry has pleaded guilty to falsifying a Texas refinery’s air emissions reports to regulators over a two-year period.


New Coatings Consulting Firm Opens

Chicago Coatings Group, LLC is a new coating consulting firm founded by Warren Brand, former president of Chicago Tank Lining.


SSPC Revises QP 5

SSPC has revised its QP 5, “Standard Procedure for Evaluating the Qualifications of Coating and Lining Inspection Companies” in format and content.


Nuclear Plant Inspection Firm Fined

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has fined a major plant inspection firm $49,000 for safety and security lapses and has banned one of its former employees from NRC projects for a year.


U.S. Auditors See Lax Pipeline Oversight

Inspection backlogs, a preference for paper over field visits, regulatory loopholes, data management problems and other “key deficiencies” are weakening federal oversight of pipeline safety,...


Creaform Updates Pipecheck NDT Software

Creaform, a global provider of portable 3D measurement technologies, has released the first major update to its Pipecheck software module for pipeline external corrosion analysis.


Paint Bids Sought for Historic Bridge

Sandusky County, OH, will accept bids May 17 for cleaning and recoating of the historic (and reportedly haunted) Tindall Bridge over the Sandusky River—a contract estimated at more than $1.1...


SSPC Seeks 2013 Award Entries, Papers

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is soliciting presentations for SSPC 2013 and nominations for its 2013 Structure Awards.


PowerSeat Made for Working at Heights

Harken Industrial has introduced the PowerSeat, a sit-on powered ascender touted as a first for people working at heights.


Engineering Bids Sought for Bridge Work

Multnomah County, OR, is seeking engineering services to provide a comprehensive coatings analysis, structural assessment and other evaluations for a forthcoming rehabilitation of the landma...


Navy Settles EPA Tank Violations

The U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a $5,855 penalty to settle allegations of underground storage tank violations at its Naval Support Activity facility in Norfolk, VA, the U.S. Environmental Pr...


‘Sonogram’ Spots Bridge Rebar Threats

Engineers at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (EPFL) have developed a sonogram-like technology that can reveal rebar corrosion inside concrete bridges.


Painters Spot Crack that Closes Bridge

The last phase of a highway reconstruction project became the first phase of a bridge repair job this week when a sharp-eyed bridge painting crew discovered a six-foot-long crack in a suppor...


TruQC Eases Painting Site Paperwork

TruQC, of St. Louis, MO, has launched a suite of cloud-based apps for job-site documentation for the iPad, developed for industrial painting by industrial painting workers.


‘Smart Sensors’ Track Bridge Corrosion

Engineers at Columbia University are developing “smart sensor” technology that could provide the world’s suspension bridges with the first real-time internal monitoring of a “silent killer”:...


DeFelsko Unveils Inspection Kits

DeFelsko Corp. has introduced PosiTector Inspection Kits, equipped with a PosiTector gage body, three probes and complete range of accessories in a hard-shell carrying case.


PHMSA Lapses Blamed in Pipeline Blasts

Federal pipeline regulators “abjectly failed” to enforce safety standards for more than a decade before a series of deadly pipeline explosions hit California, the City of San Francisco conte...


 
 
   

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