Incident Logs


Entries for February 1999

Friday
Feb 12
Hollister, CA: Two workers were critically burned in an explosion at a plant that manufactures small charges used in military aircraft. The workers were mixing chemicals in an explosion-proof room when the blast occurred. More information

Thursday
Feb 11
Oakland, NE: Thousands of pounds of beef and pork were ruined in a fire at a meat processing plant. The fire, which spread from a meat smoker, also damaged much of the factorys interior. More information

Wednesday
Feb 10
Knoxville, TN: A 10-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 85,000 gallons of diesel into a residential area near the Tennessee River. Authorities condemned at least 10 homes contaminated by the fuel. More information

Tuesday
Feb 09
Wyalusing, PA: A structural fire broke out at a large commercial meat processing plant. More information

Monday
Feb 08
Dixon, CA: A storage tank filled with 250,000 gallons of liquid fertilizer collapsed at a processing plant, killing one worker and injuring two others. More information

Sunday
Feb 07
Dallas, TX: A fork lift operator at a chemical warehouse accidentally speared several 55-gallon drums containing hydrofluoric and nitric acid. The resulting spill forced the evacuation of several businesses and a nearby school. More information

Sunday
Feb 07
Alder Flats, Alberta: A natural gas pipeline in a remote area of Canada exploded. No injuries were reported. More information

Saturday
Feb 06
Hanover Township, PA: A release of nitrogen dioxide at a manufacturing plant sent one worker to the hospital and resulted in the evacuation of the plant. The release originated in the plants waste treatment facility. More information

Saturday
Feb 06
Los Angeles, CA: A merchant seaman was seriously injured when he caught his leg in a mechanism for moving a giant crane. The leg was all but severed. More information

Saturday
Feb 06
Fenton, MO: An auto worker who fell from an eight-foot platform died from injuries he suffered. More information

Saturday
Feb 06
Whitsett, N.C.: Nine workers were hospitalized and 40 others evacuated from a plant specializing in photographic paper when a chemical reaction in a waste tank produced the strong odor of chlorine. More information

Saturday
Feb 06
Springville Township, MI: Two people were injured in a propane gas explosion at a bottled gas facility. The business was extensively damaged. More information

Friday
Feb 05
Reynosa, Mexico: A large industrial complex suffered extensive fire damage. Firefighters from the U.S. assisted in battling the blaze. More information

Friday
Feb 05
Akron, OH: Fire destroyed a one-story brick building housing a factory specializing in rubber gaskets and small parts. Investigators believe arson was involved. More information

Thursday
Feb 04
Bruien, WA: An overturned oil truck spilled nearly 2,000 gallons of fuel oil into the back yard of an oceanfront home. Firefighters managed to stop the spill from reaching Puget Sound. More information

Thursday
Feb 04
Coos Bay, OR: A cargo ship carrying 140,000 gallons of oil and diesel ran aground in heavy surf. With no hope of salvage and bad weather closing in, officials opted to ignite the oil and burn it off rather than risk a spill that could pollute the coastline. (For details, check the -April 1999 issue of IFW.) More information

Tuesday
Feb 02
Warwick, R.I.: An explosion in an industrial furnace at a wire manufacturing plant injured one worker. The plant remained in operation. More information

Tuesday
Feb 02
East Brunswick, N.J.: A security guard on duty at a closed brewery suffered extensive second- and third-degree burns when he touched a live power line. More information

Tuesday
Feb 02
Chicago, IL: A stack of pallets at a plastics factory caught fire, causing heavy smoke. More information

Monday
Feb 01
Dearborn, MI: Six workers died as the result of a boiler explosion and fire that destroyed the powerhouse for a major automobile manufacturing complex. More information

Monday
Feb 01
Weymouth, PA: Nearly 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in a tanker truck rollover that occurred in a residential area. More information

Monday
Feb 01
Newark, N.J.: An overturned tanker truck spilled only 100 gallons of its 7,000 gallons of fuel. Haz mat operations forced the closure of several busy traffic arteries. More information

Monday
Feb 01
Little Falls, N.J.: A hydrochloric acid spill forced the evacuation of a telephone company field office. No injuries were reported. More information

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