Feds blame chemical storage for deadly Texas plant explosion

Federal investigators looking into a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas are blaming state and federal regulators for not properly overseeing how chemicals were stored. A U.S. Chemical Safety Board report released Tuesday concluded that there are three main scenarios for the explosion, which killed 15 and injured more than 160 in […]

Report: Public still not safe from West-style industrial blasts

The weaknesses in chemical safety oversight and preparedness that allowed the West Fertilizer Co. explosion to occur still pose a risk to the public in Texas and beyond, federal investigators say in a report they will present in Waco on Thursday. “This is one of the most destructive explosions we’ve ever investigated,” said Johnnie Banks, […]

Connecticut chemical manufacturer fined $61,600

Phoenix Products Co. is facing $61,600 in penalties for 15 serious safety violations, Fed-OSHA announced Wednesday. The company, which manufactures swimming pool chemicals and acetone preparations used in nail polish, exposed workers to chemical, fire and exit access hazards, inspectors found. Republican-American (Waterbury, Conn.)

Utah construction worker dies after construction accident

A construction worker was killed Tuesday after being crushed by a concrete wall in American Fork, Utah. According to a fire official, a crane was helping to set concrete walls when something went wrong. KSL (Salt Lake City)

Kentucky worker dies after plant accident

Tennessee investigators opened a probe into the death of a woman at a glass plant where she worked. The 51-year-old woman died after suffering a severe head injury at the Carlex Glass America plant in Nashville. A police spokeswoman said the worker apparently put her head inside a machine when she began having problems with […]

Risky Businesses: Data shows which jobs most dangerous

If you’re looking for a nice, safe, private-sector job, think twice about air transport, livestock farming, courier/messenger services and nursing homes. They ranked at the top of the charts for nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in New York in 2014, according to a recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Utica Observer-Dispatch

Pellet offgassing: Simple problem, simple solution?

Serious and fatal accidents in a range of scenarios in Europe have sounded the alarm when it comes to pellet carbon monoxide (CO) offgassing and its potential hazards. As a result of these instances, pellet offgassing has become an issue of contention in the U.S., where the pellet heating industry is still in its infancy […]