Incident Logs


Entries for December 1998

Wednesday
Dec 09
Aiken, S.C.: An employee was charged with arson in one of three fires at a tire plant subsequent to a massive warehouse blaze in November. More information

Wednesday
Dec 09
St. Louis, MO: A worker at a chemical plant was injured when a container of hydrofluoric acid exploded in a laboratory. More information

Wednesday
Dec 09
Chicago, IL: At least five airport workers were sickened when a small amount of toxic chemical spilled in cargo area. More information

Wednesday
Dec 09
Leominster, MA: A supervisor at a plastics plant suffered an electrical shock sufficient to stop his heart. A co-worker successfully administered CPR and saved the supervisors life. More information

Tuesday
Dec 08
Mount Asa, Australia: Emergency personnel were called in to recover numerous drums containing hazardous material that fell off the back of a truck. More information

Tuesday
Dec 08
Pinellas County, FL: Organic peroxide kept in a chemical storage freezer at a manufacturing plant ignited when the cooling system broke down. Flames broke through the roof of the plant, but local firefighters were able to contain the fire. More information

Monday
Dec 07
Puerto Rico: The latest of eight separate fatalities to workers repairing hurricane- damaged power lines occurred. More information

Monday
Dec 07
Saluda, N.C.: A tractor-trailer rig carrying volatile sodium hydrosulfite overturned and caught fire, closing an interstate highway. Firefighters chose to let the fire burn itself out. More information

Monday
Dec 07
Forcados, Nigeria: Protesters seized and shut down an oil terminal that usually produces 400,000 barrel per day of crude oil. More information

Sunday
Dec 06
Denver, CO: A tanker truck rollover spilled nearly 7,000 gallons of gasoline into the South Platte River. The tanker driver was killed. More information

Saturday
Dec 05
Perth, Australia: A chemical plant was destroyed in a massive blaze involving caustic soda, acetone, sulfuric and phoric acid. More information

Friday
Dec 04
Yekaterinburg, Russia: Three workers died in an explosion and fire at a military warehouse where stores of artillery gunpowder were kept. More information

Friday
Dec 04
Pittsburgh, PA: Two workers died from severe burns received in an explosion at an area plant. The workers were using a torch to dismantle a coal tar storage tank when the blast occurred. More information

Friday
Dec 04
Point Comfort, TX: More than two dozen workers were hurt in an explosion at a plastics plant. The blast occurred in a part of the plant that handles ethylene dichloride. More information

Friday
Dec 04
Plymouth, IN: A tanker truck carrying 5,200 gallons of gasoline and 2,700 gallons of diesel exploded when it was struck from the rear by another tractor-trailer rig. More information

Thursday
Dec 03
Tucson, AZ: Flying metal debris from an laboratory explosion at a missile plant injured four workers. More information

Thursday
Dec 03
Lawrence, KS: A hydraulic machine used to compress scrap paper at a greeting card printing plant accidently crushed a workers leg. More information

Thursday
Dec 03
Bombay, India: Sixteen workers were hurt, eight fatally, when a construction scaffolding gave way. More information

Thursday
Dec 03
Gary, IN: A private contractor was hospitalized after being buried up to his neck in sand while he installed a sewer line. More information

Wednesday
Dec 02
Croton, CN: A worker who was near retirement fell into a coma and died after a fist fight with his shop steward over seniority. More information

Wednesday
Dec 02
Moab, UT: Four workers were injured when a ruptured natural gas line exploded. The workers were laying a new gas line when the blast occurred. More information

Wednesday
Dec 02
Tirana, Albania: Fire gutted a soft drink bottling plant. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than 10 hours. More information

Wednesday
Dec 02
McGregor, TX: Police charge two juveniles with arson in a fire that destroyed a grain processing plant. More information

Tuesday
Dec 01
Miami, FL: Fire broke out as a jumbo jet airliner was being refueled from a tanker truck. A large fuel spill was also reported. More information

Tuesday
Dec 01
Erie, PA: A tractor-trailer rig jackknifed spilling 7,000 pounds of organic peroxide on the ground. More information

Tuesday
Dec 01
Chicago, IL: A vacant factory complex filling a city block was destroyed by fire. Police later filed an arson against a local man. More information

Tuesday
Dec 01
Clearwater, S.C.: The EPA placed a lien on the property of a closed textile plant to cover the cost of disposing of thousands of barrels of leftover chemicals. More information

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