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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 …

Work-Related Fatalities Decline in Louisiana in 2012

The number of work-related fatalities in 2012 in Louisiana declined to 106, according to a preliminary count by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. This is down slightly from the revised figure of 111 deaths …

Workplace Deaths Decreased in Montana

The state says workplace deaths in Montana decreased last year. The Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s Research and Analysis Bureau says there were 34 workplace fatalities in 2012. That is down by 15 from the previous year. The agency …

Report: Unsafe Welding Led to Fatal Gulf Accident

A report for a Texas-based company says a deadly 2012 explosion on its Gulf of Mexico oil platform off the Louisiana coast happened when workers for a subcontractor used unsafe welding practices. The report released on Aug. 21 was done …