wtxl.com - An employee of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University suffered serious burns after an electrical fire this morning. The MagLab will remain closed today. The employee, who has worked as an engineering technician at the MagLab for 10 years, suffered second- and third-degree burns and was transported by LifeNet helicopter to Shands Hospital Burn Center in Gainesville, Fla., following initial on-scene treatment by Leon County Emergency Medical Services and the Tallahassee Fire Department. There were no other injuries.
Friday, November 02, 2012
Insurance Journal - Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimated Tuesday evening that insured losses from Hurricane Sandy to onshore properties in the U.S. would be in the range of $7 billion to $15 billion. AIRs insured loss estimate includes wind and storm surge damage to onshore residential, commercial and industrial properties and their contents, automobiles, and time element coverage (additional living expenses for residential properties and business interruption for commercial properties).
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
CNN US - An inferno spread across a flooded neighborhood of Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York, early Tuesday, torching at least 80 homes as a potent mix of weather blasted the region. Some 200 firefighters battled the six-alarm blaze in Breezy Point, which was fed by high winds and made more perilous by downed electrical wires, according to witnesses and local authorities. "The winds were just devastating, blowing from one building to another," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
KPTV.com - A Philomath mill worker lost his arm in an accident with a saw, but he got it back thanks to doctors at Legacy Emanuel. Oregon OSHA confirmed they opened an investigation into the incident that happened Monday at Marys River Lumber Co. Investigators said Jesus "Jessie" Cardonda Gonzalez had his arm cut off at his elbow. He was flown to Legacy Emanuel along with his severed arm. Hospital workers confirmed Wednesday doctors were able to reattach the mans arm. He is currently listed in fair condition.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Insurance Journals - This years wildfire season was among the most destructive on record in Wyoming, with as many as 1,400 wildfires charring more than a half-million acres, state forester Bill Crapser said. Normally Wyoming will see 700 to 750 wildfires in a year, and over the last 25 years Wyoming averaged only about 75,000 acres burned a year, meaning this year was about seven times worse than normal in burned acres, Crapser said, noting final wildfire figures wont be known until the end of the year. He estimates 1,300 to 1,400 erupted in the state this year, burning 560,000 acres and costing about $100 million to fight.
Friday, October 26, 2012
ktla.com - Two successive accidents involving a total of nine big rigs backed up traffic Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 in the Newhall Pass. The driver of a dump truck was traveling south in a truck bypass lane on I-5 at Highway 14 when he lost control about 2:20 a.m., causing a collision involving four big rigs, the CHP said. Traffic behind the accident began backing up, and a short while later, five big rigs approaching the scene collided. Emergency crews had to extricate one of the big rig drivers, who was trapped with the entire dash of the semi on his lower extremities. He was taken to an area hospital in stable condition with minor to moderate injuries.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Channel3000.com - An ambulance crashed in rural Grant County while transporting a patient to the hospital, according to the Grant County Sheriffs Department. Investigators said the ambulance from Hazel Green was dispatched Wednesday to help a person who had collapsed. The ambulance was taking the patient to a hospital when it went into the ditch on the east side of Rock Cut Road and tipped on its side at about 12:38 p.m. The driver, Ryan C. Fields, 25, lost control of the ambulance on a sharp curve, according to deputies.
Friday, October 19, 2012
wjla.com - A “flash fire” at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia has left one person in serious condition and two others with minor injuries. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Firefighter Laura Rinehart said that the incident is being described as a “gas related flash fire” that took place in the breakfast prep area of the kitchen. The fire happened at nine Thursday morning. The area has since been reopened. The patient in serious condition is being described by authorities as a chef, and was taken to the burn center at MedStar Washington Hospital and the others were taken to area hospitals.
Friday, October 19, 2012
WDSU.com - A man was killed and another was injured in an accident involving an elevator at the Cargill Grain in Bridge City. The incident happened at the Cargill Grain in the 900 block of River Road Tuesday about 4:30 p.m. Jefferson Parish sheriffs deputies said the men were working in the elevator shaft when a cable snapped and the elevator fell on them. Jeffery Feucht, 44, of Kenner was pronounced dead at the scene. Steven Steel, 25, was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Cargill Grain is a producer and marketer of food and industrial products and services.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
WXII12.com - A factory worker was killed Tuesday in a workplace accident at Chipita America in Yadkinville. Terry Palmer, 42, of Winston-Salem, was killed in the accident, which happened around 7 a.m. at 500 Nonnis Way. Palmer was caught in the machine after getting on a conveyor belt to fix a pan that got stuck, state occupational safety and health officials said. First responders were able to free Palmer and perform CPR, but he died a short time later, said Chief Bryan Southard with the Yadkinville Fire Department. NC OSHA officials said no more information would be released until the investigation is completed, and that could be 3-4 more months.
Thursday, October 18, 2012