Incident Logs


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

Thursday
Jan 28
Edson, Alberta: Two workers at a gas service rig were burned in afire after an explosion near some storage tanks. More information

Wednesday
Jan 27
Taylor, British Columbia: A series of explosion engulfed natural gas plant forcing the evacuation of more than 1,000 nearby residents. More information

Wednesday
Jan 27
East Allen Township, PA: A contractor cleaning a silo at a cement plant died when cement caked to the silos wall came loose and buried him. Investigators found that the contractor did not have required certification and had failed to use safety equipment. More information

Tuesday
Jan 26
Davie, FL: A diesel-laden tanker truck exploded in flames after colliding with two other vehicles and overturning. The tanker driver and one other person were killed. More information

Tuesday
Jan 26
Rockville, MD: A worker using a drill to obtain soil samples was critically injured when electricity arced from a power line to a 40-foot pipe driven into the ground. The fuel tank on a nearby truck exploded. More information

Tuesday
Jan 26
Long Beach, CA: Flames destroyed a vitamin manufacturing plant. Firefighters needed nearly four hours to bring the fire under control. More information

Monday
Jan 25
Berrien Springs, IN: Three workers were injured in an explosion that blew a hole through the floor of a tool and die plant. Water made contact with molten aluminum, triggering the blast. More information

Monday
Jan 25
Columbus, OH: Firefighters evacuated a trucking company on the report that a toxic chemical was leaking. More information

Sunday
Jan 24
Akron, OH: A chemical fire at an industrial adhesives plant took nearly two hours to bring under control. Workers were evacuated from the plant. More information

Sunday
Jan 24
Union Township, OH: A tanker truck sideswiped by a passenger car spilled more than 500 gallons of gasoline that seeped into a nearby stream. The wreck closed an interstate highway for almost 12 hours. More information

Saturday
Jan 23
Dong guam, Taiwan: Heavy toxic fumes from a fire at plastics plant are blamed for 14 worker deaths. More information

Friday
Jan 22
Bridgeport, AL: Utility employees were at work on natural gas pipeline when escaping gas exploded, leveling three downtown buildings and killing three. More information

Thursday
Jan 21
Union Township, OH: A construction worker was crushed to death when a three ton piece of concrete fell. The worker was cutting a doorway through the concrete wall when it collapsed. More information

Thursday
Jan 21
Columbus, Ohio: A supervisor at a plant that makes wax-based water repellant was killed when a machine he was working on exploded. A part from the machine struck him in the chest. More information

Thursday
Jan 21
Rock land, MA: Three workers were burned in an explosion in the mixing room for a plant that manufacturers industrial adhesives. More information

Thursday
Jan 21
Grand Prairie: Rescue personnel saved a construction worker who fell 25 feet, becoming lodged in a concrete pipe. More information

Wednesday
Jan 20
Evans, GA: A printing plant shut down for several hours after a fire involving one of the presses. One worker was treated for smoke inhalation. More information

Wednesday
Jan 20
Roanoke, VA: A foundry worker was killed on the job from head injuries sustained while working on a press. More information

Wednesday
Jan 20
Los Angeles, CA: Emergency personnel rescued a construction worker who was buried alive for nearly eight hours after a trench collapse. More information

Wednesday
Jan 20
Ravening, OH: A trench collapse buried the owner of a construction company up to his chest in mud for nearly two hours. More information

Wednesday
Jan 20
Carrollton, MI: A worker found himself buried up to the chest for nearly an hour when a salt pile he was working on suddenly shifted. The worker was standing beside a front end loader he was using when the accident occurred. More information

Tuesday
Jan 19
Lake Geneva, WI: Nearby residents were evacuated after a collision between a tanker truck and a passenger vehicle resulted in propane leaking from the truck. More information

Monday
Jan 18
Plaquemine, LA: A gas line explosion cut service to many area residents. A road construction crew was working at the site where the explosion occurred. More information

Monday
Jan 18
Avon, CN: A construction worker was hospitalized after the forklift he was operating hit a propane tank, igniting it. More information

Sunday
Jan 17
Olney, MD: A fire and explosion at an electrical substation knocked out power to more than 70,000 homes and businesses. More information

Sunday
Jan 17
Clovis, CA: Fire broke out in the compressor room of a packinghouse, releasing ammonia and causing major damage. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to storage areas for frozen peaches. More information

Saturday
Jan 16
Lancaster, PA: Fire destroyed a barrel-making factory where hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide were stored. The fire snarled morning rush hour traffic and cut electrical power to much of the surrounding neighborhood. More information

Friday
Jan 15
Green Oak, MI: Two firefighters and a utility worker were injured in a series of natural gas explosions. One house was destroyed and a resident killed. More information

Friday
Jan 15
Oakland, MN: A municipal water system pump house was destroyed byan explosion. Three firefighters were treated for exposure to chlorine gas. More information

Thursday
Jan 14
Oswego, N.Y.: A brief fire broke out among hydrogen tanks near the electric turbine of a nuclear power plant. The emergency was not sufficient to merit shutting down the reactor. However, federal authorities later ruled that diesel generators on the site should have been shut down. More information

Thursday
Jan 14
Albuquerque, N.M.: A tanker truck overturned shutting down an interstate highway overnight. The 8,700 gallons of fuel was transferred to another vehicle without incident. More information

Thursday
Jan 14
Cedar Falls, IO: Two workers at a utility plant were listed instable condition after being injured by a flash fire. More information

Thursday
Jan 14
Tipton, U.K.: Firefighters were called in to help rescue a worker at a rubber factory whose hand became tangled in machinery. Four fingers on the workers left hand were crushed. More information

Thursday
Jan 14
Fayetteville, AR: The EPA is supervising a two-month project to remove toxic waste and hazardous material left behind when an electroplating company closed two years ago. More information

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