Intel Brief

OSHA cites Wisconsin metal fabrication company for safety failures after investigation of teenaged worker’s fatal injuries, two weeks after starting job.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited G.D. Roberts and Co. Inc. with 16 serious and 1 other-thanserious safety and health violations December 27 after the death of a worker in July 2016 prompted an investigation at the Columbus, Wisconsin facility which revealed that the company failed to perform periodic inspections of machine safety procedures, neglected to conduct noise monitoring, and failed to train workers about noise hazards, among other violations. Proposed penalties total $119,725.


Richland nuclear plant reaches full power again.

The Columbia Nuclear Generating Station near Richland, Washington, returned to full power December 27 after an automatic shutdown December 18 when the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) experienced an issue with the 500 kilovolt line linking the nuclear plant’s main output transformers to the nearby BPA substation.


Fire out at Cleveland plant, investigators take over.

ICES Corporation’s Cleveland, Oklahoma facility was completely destroyed after an explosion started a large fire December 27. Two injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.


“Switcher” Android trojan hacks routers, hijacks traffic.

Kaspersky Lab researchers discovered an Android trojan, dubbed Switcher is concealed as an Android client for the Chinese search engine, Baidu, and a Chinese app for sharing Wi-Fi network details, and once installed, guesses the username and password of the router that the infected Android device is connected to in order to hack the router and replace the device’s primary and secondary Domain Name System (DNS) servers with Internet Protocol (IP) addresses leading to rogue DNS servers in order to redirect traffic to a malicious Website. The researchers warned that Switcher targets the entire network and exposes all users to a variety of secondary attacks.


Granville Reservoir to go offline Tuesday, could cause lower water pressure for Westfield residents.

Officials in Westfield, Massachusetts, announced that the city’s primary water supply, the

Granville Reservoir, would be taken offline December 27 due to persisting drought conditions in the western part of the State, which could potentially result in lower water pressure for Westfield residents. The city will draw its water from wells during the shutdown.


Power outage brings state of emergency.

The governor of South Dakota declared a state of emergency December 27 after around 13,000 people remained without power following a December 25 blizzard that left nearly 20,000 customers without electricity in northern and western South Dakota. The wintry conditions also forced the closure of Interstate 90 from the Wyoming border to Chamberlain, South Dakota, for several hours December 25 – December 26.


High winds leave many in the dark.

Around 11,000 people across Michigan remained without power December 27 following heavy winds that knocked out power to over 40,000 Consumers Energy customers throughout the State December 26 – 27.


Gas leak in Chesapeake releases 1,000 gallons.

HAZMAT crews worked to contain roughly 1,000 gallons of gasoline that leaked at TransMontaigne Product Services LLC facility in Chesapeake, Virginia, December 25. Fire officials stopped the leak and the cause of the leak remains under investigation.


About 50,000 lose power across Denver area as winds hammer Front Range.

Crews in Denver worked to restore power to around 13,000 people who remained without electricity December 25 after high winds caused an estimated 50,000 Xcel Energy Inc. customers across the metropolitan area to lose power.


Mineral Wells providing drinking water as outage repairs continue.

City officials in Mineral Wells, Texas, reported that the city would provide drinking water to residents beginning December 26 as widespread water outages and low pressure were expected to continue through

December 27 following a break in a 24-inch water pipe that serves as the main supply to the city and several small communities and individuals near Mineral Wells. Officials stated that water is still safe for customers with low water pressure.


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