Incident Logs


Monday
Oct 26
Stone Bluff, OK: Workers battled a small blaze that broke out at the site of a chemical plant that was heavily damaged by fire last year. The fire was confined to a large steel container filled with hazardous material. More information

Sunday
Oct 25
St. Goar, Germany: A tanker navigating the Rhine River collided with another ship, spilling as much as 60 tons of oil into the water. More information

Saturday
Oct 24
Bryceland, LA: Seven workers were killed in an explosion and fire at a natural gas well site. It took a full day before emergency personnel could reach five of the bodies. More information

Saturday
Oct 24
Fredericktown, OH: A plant that made axles for riding lawn mowers was destroyed by fire. The plant employed 150 people. More information

Saturday
Oct 24
Fort Wright, KY: Dicyclopentadiene, a chemical used in plastics manufacturing, was accidentally released into the atmosphere from a chemical plant. The release was brought under control within 10 minutes with no health problems reported. More information

Saturday
Oct 24
Berlin, MD: Nine thousand gallons of gasoline and diesel spilled when a tanker truck overturned, closing a U.S. highway for most of the day. More information

Friday
Oct 23
Bristol, W.V.: A tanker truck carrying butyle acrylate collided with a logging truck and exploded in flames, killing both drivers. The fire closed an interstate highway for nearly three hours. More information

Friday
Oct 23
Mandan, N.D.: An oil refinerys plant brigade extinguished a small fire in a crude oil unit within 25 minutes. More information

Friday
Oct 23
Renton, WA: A temporary worker at a metal fabrication plant died when a stack of metal sheets weighing nearly a ton shifted and collapsed on him. More information

Friday
Oct 23
Gulfport, MS: A worker at a natural gas plant lost an arm in an explosion that occurred while he was testing a meter loop. More information

Thursday
Oct 22
Phoeniz, AZ: Firefighters choose to let an intense fire at a propane plant in northwest Phoenix burn itself out. The fire forced the closure of an interstate highway for three hours. More information

Thursday
Oct 22
Auckland, New Zealand: An electrical transformer exploded injuring four workers. One of the workers who suffered severe burns was listed in critical condition. More information

Wednesday
Oct 21
Oshawa, Ontario: A factory worker was hospitalized in critical condition after a piece of machinery snapped and struck her head. More information

Wednesday
Oct 21
Uwchlan, PA: A concrete truck operator was killed when the remote-control boom on the vehicle brushed a 34,000-volt power line. More information

Tuesday
Oct 20
Geelong, Australia: A $5 million project to replace a salt-water firewater system with fresh-water at an important oil refinery was announced. Company officials said the salt-water system was too corroded to be safe. Government authorities ordered the closure of the refinerys solvents operation the previous week. More information

Tuesday
Oct 20
Nairobi, Kenya: Six factories in a single industrial district burned in a fire that spread from a chemical plant. More information

Tuesday
Oct 20
San Francisco, CA: A tanker trailer separated from an 18-wheeler, spilling a load of sodium sulfate and other chemicals. The accident closed a major route into the city during morning rush hour. More information

Tuesday
Oct 20
Clinton, PA: A warehouse at a chemical plant was destroyed by an explosion and fire. No injuries were reported. More information

Sunday
Oct 18
Apawor, Nigeria: Nearly 700 people perished when a burst gasoline pipeline exploded. Nearly 2,000 people had gathered to scavenge fuel using pots and buckets. The fire following the blast burned for nearly a week. Vandalism and possibly terrorism is suspected. More information

Sunday
Oct 18
Machuca, Columbia: At least 45 people died after political rebels sabotaged the countrys largest oil pipeline. Burning crude swept through two nearby villages. More information

Sunday
Oct 18
Laurel, MT: A pipeline carrying diesel ruptured at an oil refinery leading to an explosion and fire. Only minor injuries were reported. More information

Saturday
Oct 17
Igoumenitsa, Greece: Two seamen suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire in a petroleum storage tank at a coastal port. The explosion happened after a tanker finished unloading gasoline at the port. More information

Saturday
Oct 17
Nong Chok, Thailand: Five people died in a fire that destroyed a fireworks warehouse. More information

Saturday
Oct 17
Falls City, TX: Flooding is blamed for a 13,000 gallon crude oil spill at a storage tank farm. Much of the oil reached a nearby creek. More information

Friday
Oct 16
Trainer, PA: An explosion in a storage tank containing jet fuel rocked an oil refinery. Only minor injuries were reported. More information

Friday
Oct 16
Inola, OK: A 20-year-old man who climbed the fence to enter a locked electrical substation was found electrocuted. The man apparently climbed onto the transformer and came into contact with a high-tension line. More information

Wednesday
Oct 14
Lisbon, Portugal: Two men fishing near an oil refinery were overtaken by an explosion at the facility. One was killed and the other injured. More information

Wednesday
Oct 14
Union Grove, WI: A waste processing plant specializing in the removal of mercury had its third fire in 21/2-months More information

Wednesday
Oct 14
Biloxi, MS: An overturned tanker spilled nearly 1,000 gallons of diesel. Two interstate ramps were closed for nearly six hours to allow cleanup. More information

Tuesday
Oct 13
Baltimore, MD: Five workers were injured in a chemical plant explosion, triggering a three-alarm fire. One injured worker fell 30 feet from a catwalk. More information

Tuesday
Oct 13
Tultepec, Mexico: An explosion at a fireworks plant killed at least 16 people and smashed a four block area. At least 60 more people are missing. More information

Monday
Oct 12
Midland, MI: Exposure to 2,4-dichlorophenol, a chemical used in herbicide, is being blamed for the sudden death of a chemical plant worker. More information

Monday
Oct 12
Halifax, Nova Scotia: More than 2,900 gallons of gasoline spilled from an overturned tanker truck, forcing the evacuation of 150 nearby residents. More information

Monday
Oct 12
Hagerstown, MD: Four workers were treated for breathing problems after an ammonia leak at an ice cream plant. More information

Monday
Oct 12
Golden, British Columbia: A propane tanker exploded on the Trans-Canada Highway, igniting nearby cars and tractor-trailer rigs. Two truckers in another rig were seriously burned when the escaping vapor ignited. Both later died in a Calgary hospital. More information

Monday
Oct 12
Carntown, KY: A chemist working in a building beneath a limestone storage silo died when the bottom of the silo gave way, burying him beneath nearly 600 tons of limestone gravel. More information

Monday
Oct 12
Bay St. Louis, MS: One worker required surgery after being struck in the head in an unwitnessed accident. A noise like an explosion was reported. More information

Monday
Oct 12
Rockford, IL: A tanker rig carrying 7,400 gallons of diesel fuel overturned. Some fuel leaked at the scene. More information

Monday
Oct 12
Mosel, Germany: A fire in an auto factory paint shop shut down production at the entire facility. Work was expected to resume the next day. More information

Sunday
Oct 11
Peoria, IL: More than 300 residents near a plant using acid to remove rust from metal parts were evacuated when a spill released a cloud of nitric acid vapor. More information

Sunday
Oct 11
Amite, LA: A tanker truck carrying an 8,000-gallon load overturned and caught fire. The driver was killed. Residents within a half-mile of the accident were evacuated. More information

Sunday
Oct 11
Granite City, IL: A worker at a steel plant was killed in an accident involving a blast furnace. The worker was burned over nearly 90 percent of his body. More information

Saturday
Oct 10
Alverston, South Africa: More than 5,900 gallons of gasoline spilled from a burst pipeline onto a school playground. More information

Saturday
Oct 10
New York, N.Y.: A welder was killed in an explosion at a ship yard involving an empty oil barge in dry dock. The dead man was hurled 40 feet by the blast. Another worker was injured. More information

Saturday
Oct 10
Monroe, MI: A worker at a nuclear power plant was in critical condition with severe burns after coming into contact with a 480-volt electrical connection. More information

Saturday
Oct 10
Spokane, WA: A worker lost three fingers off his right hand in a foundry accident. More information

Friday
Oct 09
Orlando, FL: Nearly 5,000 gallons of waste water contaminated with perchloroethylene drained from a holding tank into a nearby lake. The water had been pumped out of the ground at a dry-cleaning plant. More information

Friday
Oct 09
Bogata, Columbia: Troops were called out to protect key refineries from violence during a country-wide general strike. More information

Friday
Oct 09
Marlboro Township, Ohio: Unignited natural gas leaking from a high-pressure well triggered an evacuation of nearby homes. More information

Thursday
Oct 08
Moses Lake, WA: A cloud of tetrachloride gas was released by an explosion at a silicon refinery. Four of the six workers injured were listed in critical condition with breathing difficulties. Of the critical cases, one died 16 days later. More information

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