Incident Logs


Entries for February 2000

Tuesday
Feb 29
Toronto, Canada: A worker at a steel plant was crushed to death by a 900 kilo pipe when a bundle of pipes that he was unloading from a truck broke loose. More information

Friday
Feb 25
Elizabethton, TN: Wildlife officials were trying to establish if there was any connection between a factory fire and a fish kill in the nearby Watauga River hours later. More information

Thursday
Feb 24
Albers, IL: Two workers were preparing to demolish a 165-foot coal storage silo when part of the structure fell on top of them, killing them both. More information

Tuesday
Feb 22
Buffalo, NY: A factory worker was injured when four of her fingers were caught in a roller machine. Company workers and firefighters had to dismantle the machine to free her hand. More information

Tuesday
Feb 22
Plainfield Township, PA: An explosion at a tire recycling plant caused a small roof fire. Two injuries reported were not directly related to the blast. More information

Sunday
Feb 20
Sturdies Bay, British Columbia: A tanker truck ruptured, spilling 5,400 liters of gasoline onto the deck of a ferry and into the ocean. More information

Sunday
Feb 20
Tooele, UT: Two workers were exposed to sarin, a deadly nerve agent, while repairing equipment at a chemical weapons incinerator. Officials said the men were not affected by the vapors. More information

Saturday
Feb 19
Puyang, China: Thirteen people died and 54 were hospitalized after a natural gas explosion in a workshop in Central China. More information

Friday
Feb 18
Bellefonte, PA: A 300-gallon barrel of sulfuric acid fell off of a forklift, releasing 75 to 100 gallons of chemical into a storm sewer. The acid reached a nearby stream, resulting in a fish kill. More information

Friday
Feb 18
Anchorage, AK: A man was killed in an explosion that occurred as he was welding a ventline on top of a large wastewater tank. More information

Friday
Feb 18
Oxford, PA: A 17-year-old boy has been accused of starting a fire that caused $300,000 in damage to a vacant factory. More information

Thursday
Feb 17
Rolla, MO: A truck driver was killed when his propane truck was struck by another vehicle. The tank detached from the overturned cab, coming to rest in roadway before exploding. More information

Thursday
Feb 17
Deer Park, TX: An emergency uncontrolled shutdown of a unit used for the manufacture of acrylic acid forced the evacuation of 350 workers. Nineteen pounds of acrolein was released. Eighty-five workers were treated after complaining of eye and throat irritation. More information

Friday
Feb 11
Newark, OH: Three workers were hospitalized after a gas main exploded at an aluminum plant. More information

Wednesday
Feb 09
Fargo, ND: A worker suffered head trauma and cuts to the face and neck after a 55-gallon drum exploded at a construction shop. More information

Friday
Feb 04
Minneapolis, MN: One thousand gallons of hydrochloric acid spilled at a printing company, forcing the evacuation of more than 100 workers. More information

Thursday
Feb 03
Palm Beach, FL: Fires burned at a utility plant for five and a half hours after up to 1,000 gallons of fuel oil leaked from a feeder line. More information

Thursday
Feb 03
Riverside, CA: Two workers at a manufacturing plant were hospitalized with breathing difficulties after inhaling a chemical at work. More information

Thursday
Feb 03
Niagara Falls, N.Y.: A metal plating factory with large amounts of hazardous chemicals caught fire. More information

Wednesday
Feb 02
Milford, CT: Steel beams at a natural gas plant collapsed, burying a 100-foot crane. Two construction workers were killed and at least two were injured. More information

Wednesday
Feb 02
Wichita, KS: It took firefighters about four hours to contain a fire in a vacant building used for storing chemicals. More information

 
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