Reuters - Two freight trains collided head-on and exploded into flames on Sunday in Oklahoma, sending billowing black smoke into the air and leaving three Union Pacific employees missing and presumed dead, authorities said. There was no explanation by Sunday evening as to why the two trains were traveling toward one another on the same track about a mile east of the town of Goodwell, in an unpopulated area near the Texas state line. About 50 volunteer firefighters from five nearby towns had been fighting the fire, which engulfed three locomotives and about 10 rail-cars, since the morning collision.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Fox News - A Yuma, Ariz., city worker is in intensive care after a 16-foot-tall saguaro cactus fell on him and pinned him to the ground. City officials say William Mason was responding to an emergency water leak Tuesday in a Yuma subdivision. While he was working, the cactus fell on him. Other members in his work crew were able to free him and call 911. The city says Mason suffered multiple injuries to his back and legs and remains hospitalized at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Business Insurance - A law that limits workers compensation benefits to five years when an injured employee is 70 or older when a workplace accident occurs is constitutional, a Florida appeals court has ruled. The case of Mollie Berman vs. Dillard’s and ESIS concerns a 2004 accident that occurred when the claimant was 72. Ms. Berman began receiving permanent total disability benefits at age 74, the opinion shows. Then in 2011, her employer suspended Ms. Berman’s benefits, stating that her entitlement to them had ended.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Tennessean - A tow motor exploded and caught fire while it was being pulled off a semi-truck for repair overnight, injuring two people in southeast Davidson County. The two workers were transported to a medical facility in critical condition according to Charles Shannon of the Nashville Fire Department. The tow motor may have had a propane leak and a spark may have ignited the explosion as it was being pulled off the trailer-trailer, Shannon said. The explosion was at around 3:30 a.m.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Fox News - Thirty people were hospitalized Sunday night after a huge blaze ripped through multiple stories of a Long Island apartment building, MyFoxNY reported. Hundreds of firefighters responded to the five-alarm blaze which was called in at 6:19pm in Hempstead, N.Y., 25 miles east of New York City. The fire began inside a single apartment unit on the second floor of a seven-story building and quickly spread to multiple floors of the building, according to fire officials.
Monday, June 18, 2012
CNN - A drum technician for the band Radiohead died when overhanging metalwork crashed onto a stage in a Toronto park, the band’s representative confirmed Sunday. The incident occurred about 4 p.m. Saturday, an hour before spectators were set to begin arriving for the concert by Radiohead, an alternative rock group. Several people were on the stage at the time, preparing for the show, when the scaffold-like structure collapsed from about 50 feet overhead, sending crew members fleeing.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Business Insurance - The Tennessee Supreme Court says a man who witnessed the deaths of two co-workers should receive workers compensation for his post-traumatic stress disorder claim, even though it was filed more than a year after the accidents. Steven Ratliff worked as a melt shop attendant for Joliet, Ill.-based Gerdau Ameristeel Inc. according to court records. He saw the body of an Ameristeel employee who died after falling from a platform in February 2008, and saw the body of another co-worker who fell to his death in a different area of the Ameristeel plant in April 2008.
Thursday, June 14, 2012 - A Longwood family will sift through the charred remains after investigators think a bolt of lightning sparked a fire that destroyed their home Wednesday night. Neighbors said they saw a lightning bolt, and when they came outside, the home across the street on Rangeline Woods Cove was on fire. "One single strike, (it was) extremely loud. You can imagine being that close. It put out the lights a couple houses away as well," said eyewitness Jim Hammersley.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Fox News - Authorities are trying to determine the type of business operating in an industrial workshop south of downtown Los Angeles where one person was killed and three injured in an explosion. Authorities confirmed that a gas cylinder exploded in a building tucked behind a meat market and a bakery at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Mario Rueda, deputy captain of the LA fire department. One person died after being taken from the scene, said Police Capt. William Hayes. The three others were taken to hospitals, one of them in critical condition and two in fair condition.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Insurance Journal - As the fire season begins in the West insurance professionals who’ve been around for a while are calling this potentially one of the worst in recent memory. The season is shaping up to be “one of the most dangerous and active on record,” said Carole Walker, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. Aside from the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest — the nation’s largest at 287,708 acres and the largest in the state’s recorded history — one of the West’s other big blazes is the High Park fire just over a dozen miles west of Fort Collins, Colo., which has grown to more than...
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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