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450 Structures Damaged by Houston Warehouse Blast, Assessment Finds

An updated assessment of the impact of a massive explosion at a warehouse in Houston that killed two workers and injured 20 others shows that 450 structures, mostly homes, were damaged. The new total is more than double the initial …

Houston Mayor, Others Assisting Residents After Deadly Warehouse Blast

Houston’s mayor and others say they will work to provide assistance to residents whose homes were damaged after a massive explosion at a warehouse that killed two workers and injured 20 others. Mayor Sylvester Turner on Saturday walked through the …

Warehouse Explosion Shakes Houston; 2 Killed, 20 Injured

A massive explosion Friday leveled a warehouse in Houston, killing two workers, damaging nearby buildings and homes and rousing frightened residents from their sleep miles away, authorities said. The explosion happened about 4:30 a.m. inside a building at Watson Grinding …

2 Workers Die While Cleaning Chemical Tank at Houston-Area Business

Two workers apparently became overcome by fumes and died while cleaning a chemical tank at a business near Houston, authorities said on Dec. 28. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a tweet that deputies responded to the plant overnight …

Chemical Safety Board: Numerous Failures Led to 2014 Texas Dupont Plant Deaths

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says the deaths of four workers at a chemical plant in Texas in 2014 were the result of a long list of safety failures in the plant’s operations. The CSB has released its final investigation …

Wyoming Workplace Deaths Fall to Lowest Level Since 2009

The number of workplace deaths in Wyoming last year fell to the state’s lowest level since 2009. The Casper Star-Tribune reported the state Research and Planning Department released a report Tuesday showing that 20 people died while on the job …

California Train Agency Fined $650K in 2 Worker Deaths

Regulators fined the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit agency $650,000 on Thursday for safety failures that led a commuter train to strike and kill two workers inspecting track five years ago during a union strike. The California Public Utilities Commission …

Two Workers Killed By Falling Countertop Slabs in New York

Two workers have been killed by 800-pound slabs of countertop material that fell on them while being unloaded from a trailer in New York. The Niagara County sheriff’s office in New York says it appears 11 slabs of Corian-brand material …

Washington Contractor Faces Manslaughter in Worker’s Trench Death

Criminal manslaughter charges have been filed against the owner of a Seattle, Wash.-area construction. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed second-degree manslaughter charges against Phillip Numrich, the owner of Alki Construction, in connection with the death of Harold Felton. …

California Reports 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries Down

The California Department of Industrial Relations is reporting that 376 Californians died on the job in 2016, down slightly from the 388 deaths in 2015. A review of the past 12 years indicates that workplace fatalities in California remain below …