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Family of Man Shot at Texas Warehouse Files $25M Suit Against Employer

The family of a man who was killed in August in a shooting at a Houston-area food warehouse has filed a lawsuit asking for $25 million in damages from his employer. The lawsuit was filed in state civil court in …

Contractor Cited in Worker’s Death at Indiana University

Indiana regulators have cited a contractor for serious workplace safety violations found following a worker’s death at an Indiana University construction site. Thirty-five-year-old William M. Brown Jr. of Bloomington died in April when a 10-foot-long limestone slab fell and killed …

Forklift Operator Dies at Ohio Plant; Federal Safety Agency Investigating

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a forklift operator crushed between the machine and a 1-ton pallet of glass at an Ohio plant previously cited for safety violations. The Dayton Daily News reports officials from …

Northeastern Nebraska Plant Cited in Worker’s Death, Fined $188K

A federal workplace safety agency has cited a northeastern Nebraska egg processing plant where a worker was killed last year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release that the Michael Foods plant in Wakefield violated several …

Missing Worker Presumed Dead After Texas Chemical Plant Explosion

The search for a man missing since a North Texas chemical plant exploded and caught fire on March 15 has been postponed because of dangerous site conditions. Cresson Mayor and Assistant Fire Chief Bob Cornett said Saturday that fires were …

3rd Wrongful Death Suit Filed Over Oklahoma Gas Rig Explosion

A third wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over a natural gas rig explosion in Oklahoma that killed five workers. Julie Smith of McAlester, widow of Matthew Smith, filed the lawsuit Wednesday. The widows of Roger Cunningham and Parker Waldridge, …

Worker’s Death on Gulf Platform Subject of Federal Probe

Federal regulators are investigating the weekend death of a worker on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The contractor was removing out-of-service fire suppression equipment when he was fatally injured on the offshore platform Saturday, according to …

Feds Investigating Fatal Fall at Nebraska Construction Site

Federal workplace safety investigators are looking into what led to the fatal fall of a construction worker at a Hastings, Nebraska, work site last week. Television station KSNB reports that Jeff Funke of the Omaha office of the Occupational Safety …

Investigation: Worker Killed in Iowa Mine Sought Crystals, Despite Warning

A federal investigation has concluded a worker wasn’t following safety protocols when he was killed last year in a limestone mine collapse in Iowa’s Scott County. The Quad-City Times reports a Mine Safety and Health Administration investigation concluded that 52-year-old …

Oklahoma’s High Court: Oil Company Can Be Sued After Worker Injury or Death

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that oil and natural gas companies can be sued when a worker is killed or injured on the job. The state’s highest court struck down a state workers’ compensation law that exempted oil and …