Incident Logs


Entries for July 1998

Friday
Jul 31
Quebec, Canada: An employee at a recycling plant nearQuebec was killed in an accident involving an industrial shredder. More information

Friday
Jul 31
Savannah, GA: A tanker truck used by a construction companyoverturned spilling 500 gallons of diesel fuel. More information

Friday
Jul 31
Missoula, MT: Fire destroyed much of an electrical substation,causing millions in damages. Firefighters who responded are being monitored for possibleexposure to PCB. More information

Friday
Jul 31
Cambridge, MA: A rail yard accident caused a small rupture in atank car containing hydrochloric acid. Area businesses and a nearby highway were closed. More information

Thursday
Jul 30
Magna, UT: A tractor-trailer rig hauling anhydrous ammoniaoverturned after being sideswiped by a car. The area was evacuated and the roadway closedfor hours. More information

Thursday
Jul 30
Haddam, CN: A 1,000 gallon spill of radioactive cooling watercaused the shut down of a nuclear reactor used for electrical generation. More information

Thursday
Jul 30
Atlanta, GA: Noxious odors forced the evacuation of 300 employeesfrom a communications facility. A pest control company was treating the eight-storybuilding. More information

Thursday
Jul 30
Hercules, CA: Fire broke out at a closed refinery as workersdismantled a storage tank. More information

Thursday
Jul 30
Henry County, GA: A worker for a pipeline company died when theunsupported walls of a construction ditch collapsed. More information

Wednesday
Jul 29
Idaho Falls, ID: Four workers at a Department of Energyresearch facility suffered oxygen depravation when carbon dioxide was released by a firesuppression system. One of the workers died. More information

Wednesday
Jul 29
Conover, N.C.: A worker was injured while loading afoam-wrapping machine and died. More information

Wednesday
Jul 29
Havana, Cuba: More than 100 tons of crude oil was accidentlyreleased from an oil refinery into Havana Bay. Workers to close oil tank valves afterroutine maintenance. More information

Wednesday
Jul 29
Balaton, MN: A tanker truck overturned spilling 4,000gallons of condensed skim milk into a lake. The driver was killed. More information

Wednesday
Jul 29
Martinez, CA: A smoky fire in the crude oil processing unit of arefinery caused local concern. More information

Tuesday
Jul 28
Hammond, IN: An explosion followed by a huge fireball erupted ata coal-fired electrical generating plant near Lake Michigan. At least 17 workers wereinjured. More information

Tuesday
Jul 28
Milwaukee, WI: Firefighters responded to an ammonia spill at alocal brewery. No injuries were reported. More information

Tuesday
Jul 28
Warsaw, IN: Thirteen workers were hospitalized as the result of afire that destroyed nearly one-third of a massive foundry. A spill of molten metalpreceded the blaze. More information

Tuesday
Jul 28
Seguin, TX: Emergency workers were forced to burn off theethylene cargo of an overturned refrigerated tanker truck. The risk of rupture by liftingthe full tanker was too great. More information

Monday
Jul 27
Somerville, MA: An eight-alarm fire destroyed an inkmanufacturing plant after at least 10 explosions inside. One woman was seriously burned. More information

Saturday
Jul 25
Andover, MA: An explosion and three-alarm fire at a metal foundryinjured three people. More information

Saturday
Jul 25
Memphis, TN: Hundreds of workers in an industrial park wereevacuated when chemicals being mixed to make flea collars ignited. The fire took threehours to bring under control. More information

Friday
Jul 24
Valdese, N.C.: A tanker truck carrying a flammable cargostruck an overpass and exploded, collapsing the overpass. One body was retrieved from therig. More information

Friday
Jul 24
Lagos, Nigeria: A pipeline burst spilling more than 1,800 barrelsof crude oil. The accident comes on the heels of a decision to evacuate staff frompipeline flow stations in southeast Nigeria after a wave of attacks by local youths. More information

Friday
Jul 24
Bessie, OK: Two workers were listed in critical condition after agas well explosion. More information

Friday
Jul 24
New Orleans, LA: Workers were evacuated from a cold storage plantafter a supply line carrying anhydrous ammonia ruptured. Workers and hazmat personnel shutoff a valve to the broken pipe. More information

Thursday
Jul 23
Texas City, TX: Three workers dismantling an out-of-service oilrefinery process unit suffered injuries in an explosion. More information

Wednesday
Jul 22
DeSoto, GA: A tanker truck carrying gasoline overturned,blocking a major highway for more than 12 hours. The driver was killed. More information

Wednesday
Jul 22
Empire, LA: Two oil field storage tanks located at an isolatedsite ignited and burned during a thunderstorm. Coast Guard officials were unable to reachthe site with firefighting equipment. More information

Wednesday
Jul 22
Dandenong, Australia: Thirty people at a waste processing plantrequired treatment when titanium tetrochloride reacted with water, creating hydrochloricacid vapor. More information

Tuesday
Jul 21
Oakland, CA: A five-alarm fire raced through a warehouse used bytwo trucking companies. Firefighters were concerned about the possibility of hazardousmaterials at the site. More information

Tuesday
Jul 21
Hawthorne, CA: Ten people required treatment after adichlorosilane leak at a computer chip manufacturing plant. More information

Tuesday
Jul 21
Columbus, OH: Municipal firefighters evacuated nearly 50 workersand closed nearby roads when ethylhexl methacrylate was found leaking from atractor-trailer rig. An EPA official later said the evacuation was unwarranted. More information

Tuesday
Jul 21
Green Bay, WI: Arson charges were filed against an employee of alocal plant that burned in February. The employee faces up to 40 years in prison. More information

Monday
Jul 20
St. Charles Parish, LA: Sulfur dioxide released from the watertreatment system at a chemical plant required more than 80 workers to be taken to a localhospital. Most returned to work after the incident. More information

Monday
Jul 20
Angola, IN: A fire at a manufacturing plant was quickly broughtunder control with one injury. More information

Monday
Jul 20
Superior, WI: A propane tank truck caught fire in the fleetrepair shop of a fuel delivery company prompted a neighborhood evacuation when it spreadto a house next door. Three workers were injured. More information

Saturday
Jul 18
Farmington, MA: Fire destroyed a manufacturingplant despite the efforts of firefighters from nine surrounding towns. More information

Friday
Jul 17
Venice, LA: Three workers died when the drilling sectionof an offshore oil rig collapsed, sweeping 15 workers into the sea. More information

Friday
Jul 17
Anaheim, CA: More than 300 employees were evacuated due to a fireat a computer parts manufacturing plant. More information

Friday
Jul 17
Saticoy, CA: Firefighters repaired a chlorine leak at a vegetablepacking plant. More information

Thursday
Jul 16
Memphis, TN: A tanker truck carrying diesel crashed in the frontyard of a local residence, spilling most of its cargo. More information

Wednesday
Jul 15
Las Vegas, NV: A tanker truck spilled nearly 2,000 gallons ofgasoline in a collision with another vehicle. More information

Wednesday
Jul 15
Redmond, WA: An explosion involving hydrogen gas knocked a36-by-70-foot hole in the roof of a circuit-board manufacturing plant. Company officialssaid the gas was formed when chemicals mixed in the plants waste treatment unit. More information

Wednesday
Jul 15
Los Alamitos, CA: An acid spill at an aerospace plant forced theevacuation of 375 workers. At least 15 workers were treated for minor injuries andreleased. More information

Wednesday
Jul 15
Philadelphia, PA: A small foundry for ornamental items owned bythe same family for nearly 75 years was destroyed by fire. The loss was not insured. More information

Wednesday
Jul 15
Sunflower, AZ: A tanker truck accident spilled nearly 7,000gallons of used motor oil across a roadway and nearby creek. More information

Wednesday
Jul 15
Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: Firefighters fought five hours tocontrol a fire caused by an explosion at an oil refinery. The plant, which normallyprocesses 200,000 barrels a day, had been shut down for maintenance since May. More information

Wednesday
Jul 15
Salinas, CA: An explosion at a produce processing plant that wasinitially reported to involve hazardous materials turned out to be a ruptured aircompressor. No workers were injured. More information

Wednesday
Jul 15
New Orleans, LA: Workers discovered a human leg bone insidetanker truck used for transporting soybean oil. Authorities are trying to determine howthe bone got there. More information

Wednesday
Jul 15
Dane, WI: Nearly 3,000 gallons of liquid fertilizer spilled froman overturned tanker truck. More information

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