Incident Logs


Entries for February 2001

Tuesday
Feb 06
Mica Close, U.K.: Thirty-five people were injured after a spill of little more than a quart of titanium tetrachloride. The spill generated hydrogen chloride gas which escaped into the ventilation system, overcoming workers at a metal welding and fabrication company. More information

Tuesday
Feb 06
Strazske, Slovakia: One worker was killed and six others injured in an explosion involving nitrous oxide at a chemical factory. More information

Tuesday
Feb 06
Jupiter, FL: A roof worker suffered a concussion when a 50-pound propane tank exploded at an engine plant. He was struck by debris from the blast and hurled against a wall. More information

Monday
Feb 05
Melrose Park, IL: A former worker convicted of stealing from his employer forced his way into an engine plant and opened fire, killing five, including himself, and injuring four others. More information

Monday
Feb 05
Waldo, AR: A fire at a polyurethane plant produced toxic smoke that forced the cancellation of nearby sports events. More information

Monday
Feb 05
Cambria County, PA: Workers attempting to erect a scaffolding inside a power plant boiler were scalded in a steam explosion that killed one and injured three others. More information

Sunday
Feb 04
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: Problems with an aging pipeline cut natural gas supplies to the city for almost 24 hours. More information

Saturday
Feb 03
San Orofre, CA: A fire in an electrical switching room caused major damage to a nuclear power plant when systems lubricating the plant turbine failed. In the midst of an ongoing power crisis the reactor may be off line for months. More information

Saturday
Feb 03
Compos Basin, Brazil: A fire aboard an offshore natural gas platform injured two workers. Early reports indicated a much bigger emergency. More information

Friday
Feb 02
Burns Harbor, IN: An explosion and fire at a steel plant killed two workers and injured five. Workers were attempting to repair a cracked valve on a gas pipe leading to the furnace. More information

Friday
Feb 02
Red Dear, Alberta: Two rail cars containing 30,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia ruptured when a train derailed in an industrial park. A wind shift forced the evacuation of nearly 5,000 people for two days. More information

Friday
Feb 02
Westminter, MA: More than 100 gallons of toluene spilled from a mixing tank at a chemical plant but did not spread beyond the concrete dike. More information

Thursday
Feb 01
Kansas City, KS: An explosion at a hazardous waste treatment plant injured three firefighters and released nearly 8,000 gallons of inks, solvents and oils. An employee fled shortly before the blast when he heard noises coming from inside a storage tank. More information

Thursday
Feb 01
Richfield, OH: A routine truck safety inspection found a leak in a 400-gallon tank of organic peroxide. Police evacuated the area overnight. More information

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