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Tesoro Explosion Investigation Closed

August 18, 2014 10:09 am | by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes.                   

23 Trapped In Flooded Mine

August 14, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The official Xinhua News Agency says 23 workers are trapped after a coal mine was flooded in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province.                                    

Mersen Plant Investigation Uncovers Employee Error

August 14, 2014 9:24 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.               

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6 Injured in Mine Accident

August 14, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Six workers at an East Texas coal mine have suffered burns from falling debris. Mine owner Luminant says the accident happened Wednesday in Thermo, about 80 miles northeast of Dallas.                          

No Citations In Fatal Pennsylvania Gas Well Fire

August 14, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities have decided against issuing citations in a natural gas well fire in southwestern Pennsylvania that killed one worker earlier this year.                            

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Getting Big Brother's Priorities Straight

August 12, 2014 3:07 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Regardless of your political leanings, it's hard to put a positive spin on the news that the government has failed to follow through with terror prevention inspections at high-risk chemical facilities. This revelation combined with recent EPA over-reaching calls into question what our government is really doing to protect American industry. 

Mine Spills 10 Million Gallons Of Acid Into River

August 12, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.                     

All Miners Rescued In Mine Collapse

August 12, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine miners were rescued from a collapsed mine on Tuesday after being trapped inside for several hours, Turkey's state-run news agency said.                                

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9 Trapped In Mine Collapse

August 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal mine collapsed in northern Turkey earlier today, trapping up to nine people inside, an official said.                                        

Indianapolis Fears Coal Ash Contamination

August 11, 2014 4:32 pm | by CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental, health and neighborhood groups on Monday called on Indianapolis Power & Light to test groundwater at eight coal ash lagoons they fear may be contaminating wells that supply water to residents on the city's south side.       

American Energy Worker Killed In Egypt

August 11, 2014 10:39 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

An American employee of Texas-based energy company Apache Corp was killed last week in an apparent carjacking in the western Egyptian desert, officials said Sunday.                         

1 Dead In Refinery Blast

August 11, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's state-owned oil company says one worker died when a gas leak caught fire and shout out flames at a refinery in the northern state of Tamaulipas.                            

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

WV Seeks $1.8M From Freedom Industries After Spill

August 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                                         

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Investigators Fault Chevron For Deadly February Well Fire

August 6, 2014 4:03 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental investigators faulted Chevron Inc. site managers in a report released Wednesday on a natural gas well fire in western Pennsylvania that killed one worker.                     

New West Blast Bill Would Delay Regulations

August 6, 2014 10:08 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.  

Eerie Water Crisis Far From Over

August 5, 2014 3:49 pm | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The threat of toxins contaminating water supplies along western Lake Erie is far from over even after Ohio's fourth-largest city declared its water safe again. The chances of another water emergency over the next few months will depend a lot the winds, rains and temperatures that dictate how large the algae grow and where algae blooms end up.

Tainted Lake Water Still Under Scrutiny

August 5, 2014 9:58 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio's governor is promising an extensive review of how the water supply for 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan became tainted with a toxin over the weekend while a high-ranking state lawmaker is planning hearings on the blooms of algae fouling Lake Erie.                 

Toledo's Water Declared Safe

August 4, 2014 3:44 pm | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two days after warning some 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan not to drink their tap water, the mayor of Ohio's fourth-largest city declared on Monday that the water was now safe and took a sip.                         

Gas Explosion Investigation Zeroes In On Petrochemical Firm

August 4, 2014 10:37 am | by GLADYS TSAI, RALPH JENNINGS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in Taiwan's second-biggest city zeroed in on a petrochemical firm in their investigation into a series of gas pipeline explosions that killed 28 people and injured 286, as anger rose over the handling of the disaster.               

75 Dead In Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 9:54 am | by JACK CHANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.              

Food Lab Explosion Caused By Mechanical Failure

August 4, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                           

5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 31, 2014 12:56 pm | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                    

Warding Off Heat Illness

July 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center | Articles | Comments

Thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat every year, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.

Omaha Plant To Fight Fines After Collapse

July 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A livestock feed company says it will contest citations and proposed penalties issued for the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees.                                    

Terror Threats At Chemical Plants Severely Underestimated

July 30, 2014 9:53 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say.

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