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Workplace Deaths Increase in Indiana in 2013

State officials say the number of workplace deaths in Indiana was up in 2013, but it was still the third-lowest number of fatalities recorded in the past 22 years. The Indiana Department of Labor reports the state had 123 worker …

Workplace Fatalities Declined 15% Last Year in Virginia

Labor officials say workplace deaths dropped in Virginia and nationwide last year. According to a preliminary report released by the U.S. Department of Labor, Virginia saw workplace fatalities decline 15 percent to 126 in 2013. The Virginian-Pilot reports that 43 …

Worker Death Rate in North Dakota Highest in U.S.: AFL-CIO

The nation’s largest labor federation says North Dakota continues to have the highest worker death rate in the U.S., with 17.7 fatalities per 100,000 employees in 2012. The data comes from an AFL-CIO report slated to be released next week. …

On Anniversary of Texas Fertilizer Explosion, Families Seek Balance

Families of the 15 people killed in a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant have spent the year since the blast navigating the difficult balance between moving forward and digging for answers from the past. Many of them filed …

Two Dead in Blast at Nebraska Manufacturing Plant; Cause Unknown

After a blast caused much of an Omaha, Neb., manufacturing plant to collapse, some workers found themselves buried in debris and others scrambled for their lives. Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Jan. …

Company Denies Negligence in Explosion at Oklahoma Propane Plant

A McAlester, Okla., propane company has denied wrongdoing in civil lawsuits filed over an explosion at a Eufaula plant that killed one man and injured another. Two lawsuits have been filed in McIntosh County District Court against RAM Inc./W.E. Allford …

OSHA Fines Geismar, Louisiana Plant $99K for 6 Safety Violations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines of $99,000 against Williams Olefins for a June explosion at its plant in Geismar, La., that killed two workers and injured 80. OSHA cited the company for six process safety …

Fatalities at Work Rise 28 Percent in Wisconsin

The number of Wisconsin workers killed on the job increased 28 percent last year, in part because of an increase in workplace shootings, according to federal statistics released on Dec. 11. A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed …

Workplace Fatalities Up in North Dakota, Stay the Same in South Dakota

Workplace fatalities in North Dakota last year totaled 64, up 20 over the year. In South Dakota, workplace fatalities last year totaled 31, unchanged from the previous year. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says preliminary data show that 39 …

Investigation Reopened In 49ers Stadium Fatality

California labor officials have reopened an investigation into a deadly construction accident at the 49ers Levi’s Stadium, the first of two workplace fatalities on the site this year. The California Department of Occupational Safety and Health said Wednesday that it …