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NTSB: Errors Led to Death of 2 BNSF Railroad Workers in South Dakota

A series of human errors led to a BNSF Railway train striking and killing two railroad workers in South Dakota last year, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board released its report on Sept. 6 on the Jan. 17, …

Texas Contractor Ordered to Pay $250K After Worker Fatality at Dallas Site

A Texas construction contractor has been ordered to pay $250,000 in criminal and civil penalties an employee suffered a fatal fall at an apartment complex in Dallas, federal safety officials said. U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade ordered Design Plastering …

2nd Worker Dies From Injuries in Texas Hospital Explosion

A second worker has died from an explosion at a Central Texas hospital that left more than a dozen injured. Police reported the death of 36-year-old Filiberto Morales of Round Rock, Texas, who died June 28 after being injured in …

2 Construction Workers Die in Elevator Shaft Fall in St. Louis

Investigators say two construction workers have died after a safety cable snapped and they fell down an elevator shaft in St. Louis. The accident happened on June 4 at a century-old, 10-story building downtown that’s being converted to a hotel. …

2 Kansas Utility Plant Workers Die After Suffering Severe Burns

Two Westar Energy employees in Kansas have died after suffering severe burns at the utility’s largest plant for generating electricity. The company said the plant was shut down following the accident. Westar spokeswoman Gina Penzig confirmed that the two workers …

Wrongful Death Suit Filed over Oklahoma Gas Rig Explosion

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over a natural gas rig explosion in southeastern Oklahoma that killed five men — three from Oklahoma, one from Texas and one from Colorado. The lawsuit by Dianna Waldridge, the widow of 60-year-old …

Louisiana Work-Related Fatalities Decreased in 2016

The number of work-related fatalities in Louisiana decreased in 2016, despite an uptick in work-related deaths nationally that year, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Citing the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the LWC …

Driller in Oklahoma Oil Well Explosion Has History of Fatal Accidents

Ten workers have died over the past decade at well sites linked to drilling contractor Patterson-UTI, the same driller involved in this week’s rig explosion in Oklahoma that killed five workers, federal records show. An analysis of Occupational Safety and …

Five Bodies Recovered After Oklahoma Oil Well Explodes

The bodies of five people killed in an Oklahoma oil well explosion were recovered on Tuesday afternoon in a building adjacent to the drilling site outside of Quinton, Oklahoma, Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said at a briefing. The bodies …

Workplace Fatalities Continue to Increase, with Transportation Incidents #1 Cause

There were 5,190 workplace fatalities reported in the U.S. in 2016, a seven percent increase over the previous year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries, the fatal injury rate increased from 3.4 per …