Five missing after explosion at Oklahoma drilling site

A drilling rig about 140 miles southeast of Oklahoma City exploded Monday morning, leaving five out of the 22 reported onsite workers missing. Those missing are employees of Houston-based Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., which owns the rig. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Washington Post

Employee dies at Iowa hydraulics plant

An employee died following a work-related accident on Thursday at an Ames, Iowa hydraulic motors manufacturer, which temporarily halted production operations after the incident. Des Moines Register

Ohioan sentenced to prison in forklift death

A 51-year-old Logan County, Ohio man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for reckless homicide in connection with the forklift death of another contract worker two years ago at a Honda R&D Americas plant. The defendant reportedly had been seen running as many as six stop signs inside the plant an hour before […]

Three killed in Kentucky boat explosion

An explosion on a docked tugboat that was undergoing repairs killed three people and injured several others Friday near Calvert City, Kentucky. The blast appeared to occur inside the boat, resulting in a flash fire. There were workers from four companies present at the time, according to police. New York Post [with video]

Wisconsin caretaker attacked by mental patient

A 31-year-old mental patient with a history of violence against caretakers is facing charges that he attacked a caretaker and destroyed his home. After another violent incident several years ago, Fed-OSHA investigated the company that receives state funds to care for the patient. Baraboo News Republic

Report: Dust likely contributed to Wisconsin mill explosion

Combustible dust almost certainly was a contributing factor in the May 31 explosion that killed five people at a Cambria, Wisconsin mill, according to an official with the Chemical Safety Board, which has yet to release its final report. Fed-OSHA has issued $1.8 million in penalties for cited fire safety hazards in connection with the […]