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South Dakota Workplace Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Injured

The mood in the community of Lennox, S.D., is somber and likely will remain that way for a while, as residents prepare for the funeral of a man killed in a workplace shooting. The funeral for Jon Richter, 45, is …

Feds: Ohio Workplace Fatalities on the Rise

Workplace fatalities have been rising in Ohio, and federal officials cite lack of attention to safe work practices and training and the existence of younger and newer manufacturing and construction workforces. There had been an estimated 17 fatal workplace accidents …

Texas Plant with Fatal Gas Leak Had Been Cited for Infractions

A DuPont and Co pesticide plant where four people died in a gas leak in November had been cited for emissions violations by a state agency on several occasions before the accident, the Houston Chronicle reported. The newspaper cited public …

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 …