Saturday, August 31, 2013

US - Automotive Industry - An automaker recalls 370,000 vehicles in US, Canada due to steering risk. The corrosion problem may potentially result in loss of steering, the US automaker said

An automaker was recalling about 370,000 vehicles in North America due to possible corrosion of the steering shaft that could cause a loss of steering



Ford recalls 370,000 vehicles in US, Canada due to steering risk

NEW YORK, AUG 31:
Ford Motor Co said it was recalling about 370,000 vehicles in North America due to possible corrosion of the steering shaft that could cause a loss of steering. The recall, affecting the 2005-2011 model years of the Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles, will take place in high-corrosion US states and Canadian provinces, Ford said in a statement.

About 355,000 of the recalled cars are located in the US and some 15,000 in Canada. The vehicles are affected by de-icing chemicals used on roads during winter months. Ford said it would replace the lower intermediate steering shaft and, if necessary, replace the upper intermediate steering shaft.

The corrosion problem “may potentially result in loss of steering,” the US automaker said. “We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition,” it said.

Ford said any customers who have concerns regarding their vehicles’ steering would also be able to have their vehicles inspected and repaired if necessary.

Article Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/international/ford-recalls-370000-vehicles-due-to-steering-risk/article5078558.ece

Publication Date: 31 Aug 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

India - Water Contamination - Nearly 70 percent of diseases in Hyderabad are water-borne. The city seems to be reeling under water contamination.


Pause a second before you have water. Nearly 70 percent of diseases in Hyderabad are water-borne



Believe it or not, nearly 70 percent of diseases in Hyderabad are water-borne, according to a survey conducted by Eureka Forbes and GFK Water Audit 2013. The city seems to be reeling under water contamination. To understand its impact and key issues with drinking water in Hyderabad and other parts of the country, Eureka Forbes and GFK conducted a nationwide survey titled “Kya Aapka Paani Beemar Hai.”

In all, 325 households were interviewed in Hyderabad as part of the survey. The findings revealed some hard-hitting facts. Ground water samples collected and examined by the Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment, a non-profit organisation, revealed that levels of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Hardness, Chlorides, Nitrates, etc responsible for water contamination have exceeded permissible limits in certain parts of Hyderabad such as Madhapur, Asif Nagar, Secunderabad, Abids and Pragathi Nagar among other places.

Toxic chemicals such as arsenic and lead and disease-causing bacteria are also contributing to the alarming increase in water contamination. Five out of every 10 respondents surveyed had someone in family and friends falling sick in the last one year due to water contamination.

Incidence of water-borne diseases like cholera, jaundice, typhoid, diarrhoea, common cold, cough and fever is higher amongst the people when compared to malaria, dengue and other diseases.

About 48 percent respondents attributed diseases in their families to contaminated water. Almost 50 percent respondents said their drinking water is unfit for consumption.

Article Source: http://newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/Pause-a-second-before-you-have-water/2013/08/23/article1746965.ece
Publication Date: 23 August 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

India - CAPpings - Water contamination leading to food poisoning cases in Kozhikode, Kerala: Pipelines are 40 years old and rusted


The pipelines that supply water to various institutions on the campus are around 40 years old and mostly rusted. They leak at various places, giving rise to the possibility of dirt entering them through the cracks.

On Wednesday, 30 people, including B.Sc. Nursing students of the College of Nursing on the Government Medical College Hospital campus here and some staff members, were admitted to the hospital owing to food poisoning. The hostel and the mess were closed down for two weeks after the incident. Two days later, 15 persons, some of them M.Sc. Nursing students and the others members of the staff, took ill after having food from the staff mess and the Indian Coffee House.
The reasons for the recurring cases of food poisoning reported from the mess facilities on the college campus are unclear.
Food Safety Officer Anil Kumar told The Hindu that water supplied from a common tank to all the hostels and hospitals in the region could be the source of infection. A team of the Food Safety Authority, which included Mr. Anil Kumar, had visited the campus and collected samples of food and water. These had been sent to the Regional Analytical Laboratory for investigation, and the results were expected on Monday.
The water supply system is also under the scanner. The pipelines that supply water to various institutions on the campus are around 40 years old and mostly rusted. They leak at various places, giving rise to the possibility of dirt entering them through the cracks.
The drains near the hostels are clogged with garbage and dirty water, and pose a threat to the health of the students. The authorities are turning a blind eye to the students’ safety, they allege.
Publication Date: 05 August 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

UK - Health Sector - Corrosion halts opening of the new £150m critical care unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Pipework problems delay £150m critical care hospital unit in Belfast, UK. Corrosion has been found in the building's new heating system.


The opening of the the new £150m critical care unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast is to be delayed further because of a problem with the pipework.

Corrosion has been found in the building's new heating system. It means a major repair job has to be completed before it can open to patients.The delay will be longer than first thought, as workers are employed trying to fix the plumbing problem.

It is understood the damage to the pipes was detected in the hot water heating system during final checks.The main emergency department for Belfast, and intensive care for patients across Northern Ireland, will fill the first six floors. The top three floors will eventually house maternity services.

Control
The new 12-storey building was due to be handed over to the Belfast Health Trust in November 2012, but that deadline was missed.The Department of Health has confirmed the trust will not take control of the building until 2014 at the earliest.

"Significant delays in the completion of this project have been due to problems with corrosion in the closed water systems identified in the commissioning process," it said. "Handover of the completed fully commissioned building is now expected in 2014."

Once the trust does take ownership of the new state-of-the-art building, it is thought it will be another three months before it is ready to admit patients. UNISON health trade union spokesman Ray Rafferty, who is based at the Royal, said his main concern was "that the building is going to be delayed by 12 to 14 months".

"That means services are delayed, and patients are going to suffer because of these delays," he added.

Publication Date: 31 Jul 2013