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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 …

Washington Workplace Deaths in 2015 Fell to Near-Historic Low

Workplace deaths in Washington fell to a near-historic low in 2015, according to a Department of Labor & Industries report. Last year there were 58 work-related deaths in the state, 18 fewer than in 2014, and L&I data shows only …

Oklahoma Safety Campaign Aimed at Protecting Road Workers

State transportation officials are launching a public safety campaign to reduce the number of road workers killed and injured each year in Oklahoma work zones. Announcing the campaign, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said that in the last five years …

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 …