Incident Logs

Jan 30
Flint, MI - A truck hauling propane gas plunged from a freeway overpass and exploded into a huge fireball, killing the driver. The truck was westbound when it struck a set of guardrails. The truck skidded and rolled on its side over the overpass railing and fell 35 feet onto railroad tracks, a police spokesman said. More information

Jan 30
Ecorse, MI - A man died at a steel plant after chunks of ice crashed through a roof and struck him. A police spokesman said the man was walking between jobs when the ice fell and the roof collapsed on him. More information

Jan 29
Green River, WY - A man was burned in a methanol flash fire while working on a well site. More information

Jan 29
Kinston, NC - At least 3 people died and several more were injured when an explosion and fire rocked a pharmaceutical plant. The building was completely destroyed and the woods behind the building were set on fire after the explosion. The cause is not yet known. More information

Jan 29
Marshville, NC - A mans arm was caught and crushed in equipment at a plant that recycles snack food into animal feed.. A spokesman said the accident came from a misunderstanding fueled by the workers newness to the job and language barriers. More information

Jan 28
Baliara, India - At least 40 people died when a bus carrying 55 passengers collided with a truck carrying paint, solvents and other chemicals. More information

Jan 25
Johannesburg, South Africa - A major chemical explosion damaged 200 homes and several industrial plants in the area will probably have to be demolished. The explosion was caused by a fire which ignited chemicals kept at a fiberglass factory. More information

Jan 20
Athens, Greece - A major fire broke out in the storage yard of the Kardasilaris dried fruit and nuts factory and spread to the buildings. The buildings were destroyed but there were no injuries. More information

Jan 18
Gero, Japan - Two people died when a tanker truck and a dump truck burst into flames after colliding head on near a tunnel entrance on a national highway. More information

Jan 14
Deer Island, MA - Two workers were injured when a pocket of methane gas exploded in an building at a waste water treatment plant. The explosion occurred as they were cleaning pipes. More information

Jan 13
Sandy Point, TX - Explosions and fire at an oil field waste storage killed two people and injured 5 others. A witness said the flames spread from two trucks, which had exploded, to oil floating on water in the area. More information

Jan 13
Garyville, La - Fire broke out at a gasoline refinery but was out within 4 hours and no one was hurt. A spokesman said that the cause of the fire unknown. The fire broke out in the crude oil unit, the spokesman said. More information

Jan 11
Go Dau. Viet Nam - Eleven people were killed and 54 injured when a gas container and dryer exploded at a bamboo and rattan factory. The blast completely destroyed the drying factory. Police report that fumes from an unidentified chemical may have caused the explosion. More information

Jan 10
Koyanovo, Russia - An explosion at a facility killed three workers during welding work at a crude waste collector. More information

Jan 09
Kuki, Saitama, Japan - Two workers died after their truck tipped over and burst into flames. The truck was loaded with 10 tons of molten slag when it tipped after turning right on an intersection. The burning waste spread to the trucks fuel tank and caught fire. More information

Jan 08
Athanur Samathuvapuram, India - Two people died and three were injured when a truck carrying denatured alcohol collided head-on with another truck. A car following the truck also hit the tanker. More information

Jan 08
Samara Region, Russia - forty-five workers were poisoned by an isoprene leak at a refinery. 27 were hospitalized and one has died, officials said. According to police reports, the incident was caused by a violation of technological procedure. More information

Jan 07
Midlothian, TX - One person was killed and 3 injured when an explosion and fire erupted in a scrubber at a cement plant. The workers were contractors making repairs on the 2-year-old plant. More information

Jan 07
Menasha, WI - An employee suffered minor injuries when static electricity ignited vapors and caused a flash fire at a chemical plant. An official said that a static electricity spark occurred while the employee was adding a bag of polymide to a solution of heptane and alcohol used to make ink. More information

Jan 07
Fletcher, NC - About 200 employees were evacuated after a fire broke out in a plants dust collecting system. There were no injuries and firefighters worked inside the plant to extinguish the fire. A fire department spokesman said the fire was contained to a hopper used to collect metal shavings. Water could not be used on the fire because it would react with the metal. More information

Jan 06
La Hague, France - A level-1 incident occurred at a nuclear waste vitrification plant. The incident was due to an excess volume of acid in a gas treatment unit. A leak of slightly radioactive liquid was contained. More information

Jan 05
Durban, South Africa - five people were taken to hospital after a gas leak at a pesticides factory. More information

Jan 05
Douglass, GA - Fire officials have yet to determine the cause of a blaze that severely damaged a warehouse used for storing fireplaces. Acetylene, propane and other chemicals stored in the warehouse fueled at least 4 explosions as the fire burned. There were no injuries reported. More information

Jan 04
Taizhou, China - Five people were killed in an explosion at a chemical factory. The blast destroyed the factory. No other injuries were reported. More information

Jan 04
West Midlands, UK - More than 50 firefighters fought a severe blaze after a rubber mixing machine burst into flames. The blaze also caused 500 liters of machine oil to leak. No one was hurt, but parts of the factory were evacuated and production of rubber was affected. More information

Jan 04
Springdale, AZ - A firefighter was injured while responding to a blaze at a processing plant after plastic materials caught fire in a smokestack, a fire official said. It was not clear how much damage the fire caused. The plant converts wood and plastic into a product that can be used as a wood substitute. More information

Jan 02
Gnadenhutten, OH - Four employees escaped when an explosion destroyed half of a large building housing a plastics plant. More information

Jan 01
Herzliya, Israel - One person was seriously injured in an explosion that occurred at a plant when pressurized oxygen leaked. The cause of the leak was not clear. More information

Jan 01
Abuchaab, Sush, Iran - Seven people were killed and 17 injured when fire swept though a pipeline. Initial reports indicate the fire was caused by leaking petrol. More information

Dec 30
Grand Island, NB - A man was listed in critical condition after falling into a tank filled with cleaning liquid. The tank contained potassium hydroxide and the victim suffered burns over most of his body. More information

Dec 29
Dipperz, Germany - A fire in a wood working company destroyed a building and heavily damaged a silo. More information

Dec 28
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia - Fire broke out in the unprocessed water acid reservoir of a refinery. There were no casualties reported and the fire did not affect the production process of the refinery. More information

Dec 27
San Fernando Valley, CA - Two workers suffered burns when a fire broke out at an oil well site. The fire department said that the victims were chilling natural gas with a manifold which is a part of the wells normal operations, when a ball of flame engulfed them. More information

Dec 26
Alton, IL - One man was injured in an explosion at an ordnance. Spokesmen said the worker was mixing explosives when the explosion occurred. More information

Dec 25
Port of Vostochny, Russia - A large fire broke out aboard a factory ship in the northern part of Kozimo Bay. The fire spread to the upper deck and a container with 40 tons of paint and corrugated packaging. Firemen kept the blaze from spreading to the fish processing room, engine and boiler compartment. More information

Dec 25
Bend OR - Workers at a medical building were evacuated after xylene spilled into a drainage system and caused a sump pump to malfunction. More information

Dec 23
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Four people died and one was injured after inhaling poisonous gas inside a septic tank they were cleaning. More information

Dec 22
Altona, Australia - Staff were evacuated after a holding tank exploded. The tank contained sludge, water and hydrocarbon. A spokesman said cause of the blast was being investigated. More information

Dec 21
Aurora, CO - Fire broke out in a convenience store warehouse and was fuelled by potato chips, wood pallets and plastic packaging. The facility and its inventory were destroyed. More information

Dec 20
Sadasivpet, India - Five persons were killed and four injured in an explosion in a chemical plant. According to police, the explosion was triggered bu a chemical reaction inside a boiler and destroyed a portion of a chemical plant which manufactures omofozole, used in the manufacture of anti-ulcer tablets. More information

Dec 20
Algeciras, Spain - A Danish-flagged container ship spilled 1,000 tons of fuel oil in Algeciras bay during a refueling operation. More information

Dec 18
Sorgues, France - Two workers were seriously injured in an explosion at an explosives plant. The explosion occurred during the small-scale production of hexanitrostibene, an explosive mostly used in oil exploration. More information

Dec 18
Manchester, UK - Roads were closed after a truck carrying potentially explosive acetylene containers caught fire. It is not clear how the fire on the truck started. More information

Dec 17
Haifa, Israel - Two people were injured when fire broke out at a petrochemical plant next to an oil refinery. Officials said that a technical fault led to the fire. More information

Dec 17
Cornwall, UK - A village had to be sealed off after a ton of propane gas was released after a valve failed on a tanker. The tanker had been filling up with gas when the valve failed. The valve was soon fixed and the propane was dissipated naturally into the air. More information

Dec 16
Poland Township, OH - Fire destroyed a pool and spa supply business. The local fire chief said crews had difficulty fighting the fire which was fed by chlorine, bromine and other chemical used for swimming pools, stored inside the building. No injuries were reported. More information

Dec 16
Worcestershire - More than 130 firefighters battled a blaze at an oil refinery. Residents in the area were advised to keep their doors and windows closed because of fumes but no evacuation was considered. the fire broke out in a two-story building containing chemicals. More information

Dec 15
Cottage Grove, MN - A fire at a plastics factory destroyed several semi-tractor trailer trucks, six rail cars and various rolls of plastics in a storage yard. No one was injured in the blaze. More information

Dec 14
France - A Norwegian-registered ship carrying new cars sank in the English Channel after colliding with a container vessel in thick fog. More information

Dec 13
Athens, Greece - A Greek-flagged tanker loaded with 2,000 tons of fuel oil was about to dock at a refinery when a fire broke out in one of the cabins and spread to the deck. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and the crew was safely taken off the ship. More information

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