Reuters - Fire swept through a fireworks factory on Wednesday in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, killing at least 33 people and injuring dozens more, some with serious burns, police said. Most of the dead were workers in the factory in the town of Sivakasi, the center of India’s firecracker industry, about 540 km (335 miles) southwest of the state capital Chennai. Television channels showed huge clouds of smoke billowing out of the factory, with repeated bursts of firecrackers resounding in the background. Rescue teams used makeshift stretchers to ferry victims to ambulances.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - A 50-year-old construction worker has died after being trapped in a sewer lift in St. Charles. According to Mayor Sally Faith, the City of St. Charles received a report from KCI Construction Company that one of their employees working at the Boschertown Lift Station died Tuesday afternoon. According to sources at KCI, the employee was apparently working in the wet well in the 3400 block of Highway 94. It’s unclear what caused the man’s death, but emergency responders said a monitor showed signs of a “hazardous air environment,” which could potentially mean low oxygen or some type of hazardous fumes.
Thursday, August 30, 2012 - A worker at SeaWorld San Antonio died from apparent electrical shock at the park on Saturday morning, officials confirmed. The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office identified the deceased as Ricardo Corpus. He was 49. San Antonio police Officer Matt Porter said Corpus was electrocuted around noon while servicing the HVAC unit atop the SeaWorld employee café. Corpus allegedly stuck his hand inside the unit to get a measurement. Another employee who was working with the victim told police that he heard a noise, saw a puff of smoke and then found Corpus unconscious.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Reuters - Four workers were burned in a flash fire on Wednesday morning at ConocoPhillips’ Lost Cabin natural gas processing plant in central Wyoming, according to a company statement. "A flash fire that extinguished itself immediately occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. MDT today during a planned maintenance operation. We know of four contract employees working on the site who were injured and have been transported to receive medical attention," ConocoPhillips said in a statement.
Thursday, August 23, 2012 - A slab of granite fell on top of a 63-year-old man Thursday morning, striking him in the head and injuring his arm, Brevard County Fire-Rescue officials said. The incident happened about 8:15 a.m. at Absolute Granite and Stone on Cox Road in Cocoa, just north of State Road 520. Fire rescue officials said the granite, which weighed at least 1,000 pounds, was 1-inch thick and measured at least 6 feet by 10 feet, fell out of the truck as the worker was removing strapping from a delivery. The victim attempted to jump out of the way, but was struck by a large piece of granite as it shattered, according to fire officials. It was at least 1-inch thick, workers told fire officials.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Reuters - Three contractors were hurt in a flash fire late on Tuesday at BP’s 337,000 barrels-per-day refinery in Whiting, Indiana, but sources said other refinery operations at the largest Midwest refinery were not affected. The injured contractors were working on a hydrotreater, one of several units undergoing planned work, when the fire ignited, according to individuals familiar with the refinery operations. Industry intelligence group IIR Energy said the work on the 105,000 bpd hydrotreater was temporarily suspended after the fire, but is still expected to wrap up by late September or early October.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Insurance Journal - A highly sheltered workers’ comp reform proposal being quietly passed around California’s capitol has the potential to make some noise when and if it ever gets introduced. The general consensus among those seeking reform is the need for roughly $700 million in additional permanent disability benefits for injured workers, and $1.4 billion in system wide savings. The nearly 300-page document that proposes to achieve those goals has been kept mostly under wraps by those directly involved with negotiations, and it’s not clear whether the document was shared with other workers’ comp stakeholders until recently.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - A rescue team has freed a construction worker who became trapped while working on a storm drain Tuesday morning, according to the Clearwater Fire Department. The Caladesi Construction employee was working on a city storm drain maintenance project at Barry Road and Highland Avenue when he became stuck waist deep in dirt. Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Largo Fire Departments responded and built a box around the worker to stop more dirt from falling and burying him deeper.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Risk & Insurance - A worker drove her car to work and parked in her employer’s parking lot. She shut off her car’s engine and removed her seat belt, but remained in the car, listening to the radio and drinking coffee. A coworker entered the parking lot and struck her car. The worker claimed that she suffered injuries to her head, neck, shoulder, back, knees, and toes. She briefly lost consciousness and was treated in a hospital. She sued the coworker. The New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division held that the worker’s suit was barred by the exclusive remedy provision of workers’ compensation.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
CNN US - One firefighter was injured during the night while battling wildfires that are causing evacuations in Northern California, a fire official said Monday. Two fires were burning, affecting about 5,000 acres, according to Julie Hutchinson of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. She said the fires started about the same time Sunday. Hutchinson didn’t have an update on the medical status of the firefighter injured. Three subdivisions are under mandatory evacuation orders, including 480 homes in Long Valley and Spring Valley in Lake County.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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