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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 …

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 …