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Workers Killed in Industrial Accident at Colorado Cheese Plant

Two men were killed while working on a pipe extension project at a cheese plant in northern Colorado. Weld County Coroner Carl Blesch says 25-year-old Odaniz Javier Ortiz Quinones, of Greeley, and 47-year-old Joseph Jarvis Jr., of Greensboro, North Carolina, …

Aspergillus Mold Found Again at Washington Hospital

Seattle Children’s hospital is again coping with a mold in its operating rooms that has persisted at the hospital for nearly 20 years and has been linked to seven deaths. There are no known new illnesses connected to the latest …

New Mexico Forest Official Cites Rising Risk of Human-Caused Wildfires

The top administrator of a national forest in northern New Mexico says there’s an elevated risk of human-caused wildfires due to drying conditions and negligence by some forest visitors. Carson National Forest Supervisor James Duran said there’s a high fire …

Populous Areas Near Utah’s Wasatch Front Fault Lines Prone to Large Quakes

Fault lines along the Wasatch Front in north-central Utah are much bigger than initially thought, a study said. The Utah Department of Natural Resources released new maps accompanied with a four-year study showing there is a significant risk in densely …

California Refinery Hit With $125K in Safety Violations

Federal officials have fined a Southern California refinery $125,000 for chemical safety and risk-management violations, according to a newspaper report. The violations stem from a 2016 investigation into Torrance Refinery, which found equipment designed to help contain an accidental release …

Flood Risk Heightened for Southern California Dam

A California dam could fail during an extreme storm and send water flooding into Mojave Desert communities that are home to about 300,000 people, authorities said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it has changed its risk characterization …

Nevada Wants Feds to Restudy Seismic Risk at Nuke Dump Site

Nevada’s governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation’s most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the …

Police Say Defects May Have Caused Balcony Collapse that Injured Utah Couple, 5 Kids

A Utah couple and five of their nine children are recovering from injuries after the balcony on their home collapsed. Spring City police say the accident occurred about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The Salt Lake Tribune reports Adam Burningham, his wife …

Family Oregon Woman Killed by Train Sues for $12.5M

Two years after she was struck and killed by a light rail train, Chance Hoyt’s family is suing TriMet for $12.5 million, alleging that the transit agency could have prevented the Portland woman’s death. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Hoyt’s mother, Lynne, …

Washington Proposes Changes to Safety Rules for Refinery Workers

Washington state officials are working to revise regulations that aim to keep oil refinery workers safe. The Skagit Valley Herald reported that the state Department of Labor and Industries has developed a new set of rules that include updates to …