workplace fatalities News

Bodies of Remaining 2 Missing in Texas Port Explosion Found

The bodies of the remaining two crew members of a dredging boat who were missing after an explosion last week in the Port of Corpus Christi in Texas were found on Aug. 24, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Four people …

Two Bodies Found, Two Missing After Explosion in Texas Port

The bodies of two missing crew members of a dredging boat were found on Saturday, Aug. 22 following an explosion a day earlier in the Port of Corpus Christi in Texas, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The search for …

10 Months Later, Worker’s Body Removed from New Orleans Hotel Debris

Crews on Aug. 17 recovered the body of a construction worker trapped in debris for more than 10 months after the collapse of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans. The remains of Jose Ponce Arreola, 63, were …

Texas Company Cited After Employee Fatalities; Fined Nearly $500K

A company in Pasadena, Texas, has been cited by federal officials and faces penalties of almost $500,000 for exposing employees to confined space hazards after two workers died. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited …

New Orleans to Allow Demolition of Collapsed Hard Rock Hotel

Plans to demolish the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, which partially collapsed in October, have been given the go-ahead after months of disagreements between the developer and the city. The hotel developer, 1031 Canal Street Development, received a permit …

12 Companies Cited by OSHA in New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel Collapse

Federal workplace safety officials have cited 12 businesses with safety violations in connection with partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans in which three workers died and 18 others were seriously injured. The U.S. Department of Labor’s …

2 Workers Dead in Ohio After Being Overcome by Tanker Fumes

A woman who was overcome by fumes while cleaning out a tanker at a Cleveland, Ohio, trucking company and a man who came to her rescue both died after being taken to a hospital, fire officials said. The woman was …

Examining the Higher Death Rate for Older Workers: Viewpoint

U.S. workplaces have gotten a lot safer over the course of the past century. In 1913, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were 23,000 “industrial deaths,” or 61 for every 100,000 workers. In 2018, the number of what …

2nd Worker Injured in Texas Oil Well Blowout Dies

A second worker has died of injuries from a Central Texas oil well blowout, the company said. Chesapeake Energy spokesman Gordon Pennoyer said the worker died Thursday evening at a hospital. Another worker was killed in Wednesday’s blowout at a …

Electrical Spark Likely Caused Deadly Houston Blast, ATF Says

An electrical spark likely ignited a gas leak that led to a massive explosion in Houston last week, killing two workers, injuring 20 others and damaging hundreds of buildings, law enforcement officials said. Highly flammable propylene gas started leaking in …