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Pilot, Paramedic, Nurse Killed in North Dakota Air Ambulance Crash

An air ambulance on its way to pick up a patient crashed shortly after taking off in North Dakota, killing all three people on board, and military officials involved in the response said the plane may have broken up in …

Gas Leak Blamed for Deadly Texas Hospital Blast

Investigators say an explosion that killed three people and injured 13 others at a Texas hospital this year was caused by natural gas that leaked into a boiler room and an adjacent mechanical room. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that investigators …

Lawsuits: Operator of Oklahoma Rig That Exploded Used Cheaper Drilling Plan

The operator of a gas well that exploded in southeastern Oklahoma used a cheaper and quicker drilling plan than experts advised, the latest court filings in two lawsuits allege. Amendments filed earlier this month to the wrongful death lawsuits filed …

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 …