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At Least 2 Dead in Blast at Wisconsin Mill

Recovery crews are continuing to search a mountain of debris for a missing worker following an explosion at a corn mill plant that killed at least two employees, injured about a dozen others and leveled parts of the sprawling facility …

Black Elk Energy Agrees to $4.2M Penalty Over Deadly Gulf Oil Platform Fire

An energy company pleaded guilty on May 12 to safety and environmental charges, agreeing to a $4.2 million penalty and avoiding manslaughter charges in connection with a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers. Court documents show Houston-based …

St. Louis’ Boiler Standards Questioned After Blast

Safety experts are questioning St. Louis’ boiler safety standards, following a deadly explosion that killed three people and injured four others. Boiler safety is regulated almost uniformly in most places, with standards that generally include periodic inspections, but not in …

Boiler Explodes at St. Louis Box Company; 3 Dead, 4 Injured

An explosion launched a van-sized boiler through the roof a St. Louis box company and slammed much of it down onto a laundry business across the street on April 3, killing three people and injuring four others, authorities said. One …

State, Federal Officials Investigating Louisiana Blast that Killed 3

Authorities have identified the three workers who died in an explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America plant in DeRidder, La. The Beauregard Daily news reports that the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office identified those killed as 33-year-old William Rolls, Jr.; …

Work-Related Fatalities in Minnesota Rose 12% in 2015

The number of work-related fatalities in Minnesota last year was up 12 percent from the recent five-year average. The state Department of Labor and Industry says there were 74 work-related fatalities in 2015, up from 62 the previous year and …

New Orleans Jury Awards $16M to 4 Workers for 2013 Plant Explosion

Four workers injured in a deadly 2013 petrochemical plant explosion in south Louisiana have been awarded a total of $16 million by a jury. This week’s verdict follows a separate late September trial in which four other workers were awarded …

Construction Zone Crashes in Utah Kill 67 in 5 Years

State data shows a total of 67 people have been killed in Utah construction zone crashes in the last five years. The transportation department data also shows 288 people were seriously injured over the same period, the Standard-Examiner reported. Top …

Report: 63 Workers in Massachusetts Died on the Job in 2015

A new report says more than 60 Massachusetts workers died on the job in 2015 — a number that soars when deaths by occupational injuries and illnesses are included. The report released last week by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational …

OSHA: 3 in South Central States Killed when Riding Mowers Overturn

In the past month, three landscape company employees have died in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas when riding mowers or tractors overturned into water or a stream bed — equaling the total in the previous six years, a federal safety official …