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Construction Firm Fined $560K after Worker’s Death in Alaska

A construction company will have to pay $560,000 in connection with the death of an employee who officials say was fatally injured when other workers tried to rescue him from a collapsed trench at a work site in Anchorage, Alaska. …

Gas Pipeline Explosion Kills 3 Workers in Louisiana

A maintenance company has released the names of two of the three people killed in a pipeline explosion in Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish on Oct. 8. Danos, an oil and gas service company, says two of their contract employees, 40-year-old Samuel …

Report Shows 120 Louisiana Workplace Fatalities in 2014

A new federal report says 120 Louisiana workers died on the job last year — six more than in 2013. New Orleans City Business reports that the Bureau of Labor Statistics found the largest number of such deaths — 37 …

Texas Oil Wells Services Company Cited for Rig Fatalities

Federal safety officials have cited a Texas oil well services company in the deaths of three workers killed while working to install a blowout preventer, which seals, controls and monitors a rig. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said …

Kansas City Restaurant Explosion Lawsuit Goes to Jury

After five weeks of testimony, lawyers presented closing arguments in the civil trial involving a fatal explosion more than two years ago at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant. The civil lawsuit stems from the February 2013 natural-gas explosion and fire …

Feds Charge Texas-Based Oil Platform Operator over Deadly Blast

Oil platform operator Black Elk Energy is facing federal criminal charges in connection with a November 2012 explosion off Louisiana’s coast that left three workers dead and others badly injured. Multiple media outlets report that U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite …

Report: 50 Massachusetts Workers Died on the Job in 2014

Fifty workers died from injuries on the job in Massachusetts last year. That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupation Safety and Health. Transportation workers — including taxi, bus and truck …

Connecticut Labor, Advocates to Honor Workers Who Died on the Job

Organized labor is marking Workers Memorial Day by calling on the Connecticut legislature to pass bills intended to improve employee safety. One measure would require the state’s Department of Administrative Services to report complaints of bullying or abusive conduct among …

Safety an Issue as Oilfield Companies Cut Costs During Downturn

A deadly oil well explosion in Texas’ Permian Basin this week offers a cautionary note of the industry’s challenges as companies cut costs during a market downturn. Even as deaths in the industry have climbed much less than the breakneck …

3 Killed in West Texas Oil Field Explosion

An oil field rig exploded in West Texas killing three workers on March 10. Investigator Dusty Kilgore of the Upton County Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened Tuesday morning near Rankin, about 40 miles south of Midland. Kilgore says a …