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Washington Court Upholds Authority to Pursue Charges in Workplace Death

The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that an employer can be charged with a felony in connection with a workplace fatality. The recent decision clears the way for the King County Prosecutor to move forward with second-degree manslaughter charges …

Body of Second Worker Recovered After Ohio Power Plant Collapse

The body of a second worker killed in a power plant collapse in southern Ohio has been recovered, his employer said on Jan. 9. Relatives of 47-year-old Jamie Fitzgerald of Boyd County, Kentucky, had been notified of the removal of …

Trench Collapses, Kills Construction Worker in Utah

Authorities say a 36-year-old man died after the trench he was working in collapsed at a construction site south of Provo, Utah. Spanish Fork Police Lt. Brandon Anderson tells KSL-TV that emergency crews were called to the site late Saturday …

2 Utility Workers in Iowa Die After Striking Buried Electrical Line

Two workers installing internet cables in Pella, Iowa, died after striking an underground, high-voltage electrical cable. Pella Police Lt. Paul Haase said the workers died Saturday morning after striking the electrical line. Haase said residents nearby reported hearing a loud …

Families of 3 Deceased Workers Sue Tyson Over Iowa Virus Outbreak

The families of three workers who died after contracting the coronavirus in an Iowa meat plant outbreak sued Tyson Foods and its top executives on June 25, saying the company knowingly put employees at risk and lied to keep them …

Court Allows Lawsuit over Iowa Amusement Park Death to Proceed

The wife of a central Iowa amusement park employee killed in an accident at the park in 2016 can proceed with a federal lawsuit and the park’s insurance company may have to pay damages, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. …

South Dakota COVID-19 Cases at Meat Plant Top 1,000; One Worker Dies

The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in South Dakota has surpassed 1,100 and more than half of those cases have some connection to the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Sioux Falls. Health officials said on April …

3rd Texas Oil Well Worker Dies of Injuries from Blowout

A third worker has died of injuries from a Central Texas oil well blowout, the company said. Chesapeake Energy spokesman Gordon Pennoyer said in a statement the company is “deeply saddened” by the worker’s death. Pennoyer did not say when …

1 Worker Dead, Others Injured in Texas Oil Well Blowout

One person was killed and three others were injured on Jan. 29 in the blowout of a Central Texas oil well. All four were contractors working at a Chesapeake Energy well site on a county road near Deanville, Texas, 28 …

Family Sues Over Worker Death at Missouri Sawmill

The family of a 38-year-old man who died after falling into a wood chipper at a St. Joseph sawmill is suing the manufacturer of the machine. The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the minor children of Joshua Hill allege in …