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Insurance Journal - Michigan’s attorney general has charged the former CEO and a bookkeeper with embezzling millions from a workers’ compensation insurance-related organization. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced felony charges for Jerry Stage, 67, of New Hudson, and George Bauer, 55, of Commerce Township. The charges allege that Stage, former CEO of the Compensation Advisory Organization of Michigan (CAOM), embezzled approximately $2.6 million from the company during an 11-year period
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Reuters - An Airgas Inc distribution center in Putnam Country, West Virginia, has been closed after two people were injured in an explosion and fire at the facility, the company said on Monday. The center handles industrial gases including nitrogen, acetylene and oxygen that do not pose an immediate threat to public safety, though a section of adjoining highway has been closed, said Jason Owens, deputy director of public safety at the Putnam County Office of Emergency Management.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - North Charleston police are investigating a bizarre accident where a worker was apparently buried alive. Around 10:00 Saturday morning on Harley Street, officials say 53-year-old Kenneth Drayton of Hollywood fell into a hole at a construction site. "Initial investigation indicates the victim was on a backhoe moving dirt when he somehow fell into the hole and the dirt gave way covering the victim. A co-worker noticed the victim was missing and began to search for him when he noticed the hole covered with dirt.The victim was located beneath the dirt deceased," North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - A Westland firefighter is missing at the scene of a fire in a strip mall in Westland, west of Detroit. The firefighter went missing at about 9:30 a.m. while helping battle a blaze that broke out at the building on North Wayne Road. A search and rescue team is searching for a firefighter who went missing after a roof collapsed to the burning strip mall.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Reuters - An oil field worker was killed and two others injured in a fire near a production well in Utah owned by the Newfield Exploration Company, a company official said Wednesday. The fire broke out in equipment near the well in Utah’s Uintah County at 8:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday while two contract workers and one Newfield employee were conducting routine maintenance, the company said. The fire at the well site, about 130 miles east of Salt Lake City, was put out by local Utah crews Tuesday night.
Thursday, May 09, 2013 - Hospital officials say two men injured in an explosion at the Ford Sandblasting plant are in critical condition. The McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department says the blast happened one mile west of 69 on highway 9, near Coon Creek Road. School officials say nearby Eufaula elementary and middle schools were evacuated as a precaution.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
CNN - A referee for a recreational soccer league who was punched in the face by a teenager has died, police in Salt Lake City said. Ricardo Portillo, 46, was refereeing a game in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville on April 27 when he cited a player for an infraction and issued him a "yellow card." In soccer, a yellow card is a caution to the player; a second results in his ejection from the game.
Monday, May 06, 2013 - The man killed at a Clackamas meat distribution plant after falling into a large meat blender Saturday has been identified as 41-year-old Hugo Avalos Chanon, of Portland, police said. Deputies were called just before midnight to the report of a death at Interstate Meat Distributors, located at 9550 SE Last Road, said Deputy Marcus Mendoza of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Several workers from DCS Sanitation Management were cleaning the facility and equipment when Chanon apparently fell into a meat blender that was in operation, Mendoza said.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 - A maintenance worker was killed at a TradeWinds Island Resorts property Wednesday morning when an elevator dropped and crushed him, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said. The accident happened just before 10:30 a.m. at the Jacaranda Beach Villas, which are resort condominiums at the TradeWinds. Mark Allen Johnson, 45, was performing routine maintenance with a co-worker on the ground floor of the south elevator facing the beach when authorities said it appears as though the elevator dropped on top of him.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - One man was killed and another was critically injured Monday afternoon after a holding tank exploded at the Dexter Utilities Department’s Water Treatment Plant at 8360 Huron Street in the Village of Dexter. Huron Valley Ambulance says they transported both men to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor where they both were in critical condition. One man later died at the hospital. The other man remains in critical but stable condition. Both men are believed to be in their 20s.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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