Incident Logs

Entries for January 1999

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 13
Smackover, AR: Three workers trying to fix a leaking valve on a storage tank containing naphtha were killed in an explosion at an oil refinery. More information

Jan 13
Napoleon, OH: At least five workers were injured when the snow-laden roof of a food processing plant collapsed. More information

Jan 13
West Allis, WI: At least two workers at a steel plant were overcome by smoke when a brief fire erupted in the plants boiler room. Firefighters reported problems finding fire hydrants buried in the deep snow. More information

Jan 13
Bangor, ME: A fire at a wholesale bakery plant caused minor damage. The fire was traced to a vent pipe above a large oven. More information

Jan 13
South Plainfield, N.J.: About 200 people were evacuated when propane-laden tanker truck overturned and ruptured. More information

Jan 12
Chicago, IL: Three workers died from electrocution when a crane in use at a rail yard struck an overhead power line. One of the workers was killed trying to rescue the other two. More information

Jan 12
Marieville, Quebec: Two workers at a metal fasteners plant were killed in an explosion on the roof of the facility. The two were trying to thaw pipes at the time of the explosion. More information

Jan 12
Hollywood, FL: A worker using a sausage machine at a meat processing plant died when he was pulled into a grinder. Witnesses report that the machine snagged the workers lab coat. More information

Jan 11
Blount County, AL: A tanker carrying liquid propane overturned and ruptured in front of a high school. Classes were moved to another location before being dismissed for the day. More information

Jan 11
Georgetown, KY: An accident at a materials handling plant killed one worker and seriously injured another. More information

Jan 11
Stanton, MO: One worker was killed and another seriously injured in a workshop explosion at a fireworks factory. More information

Jan 11
Scottsdale, AZ: One worker at a freeway construction site was killed and another seriously injured when a sewer line burst filling a 20-foot-deeptrench with muddy water. A third worker managed to scramble to safety before the trench collapsed. More information

Jan 09
Grozny, Checha: Firefighters fought a full day to bring an oil refinery fire under control. Several tons of fuel spilled into the nearby Sound River. More information

Jan 09
South Gate, GA: An explosion sparked a two-alarm fire at an oil refinery. The fire was quickly extinguished with no injuries reported. More information

Jan 09
Toncheng, China: An explosion in a fireworks factory killed22 people, 11 of them children. More information

Jan 08
Lewisville, TX: Two workers installing an industrial oven to bake dry painted products were seriously burned when leaking gas ignited. More information

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