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Industrial accident

Cause of deadly New York crane collapse under investigation

NEW YORK — It make take weeks to determine why a huge construction crane that was being lowered during strong winds came crashing down onto a street, killing a pedestrian and crushing a row of parked cars, city officials said Saturday.

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World

Company fined more than $1M after explosion at plant in Newport

SPOKANE — The state is fining an aerospace company more than $1.3 million for safety violations after an explosion injured 17 workers at a factory last July.Zodiac Cabin & Structures Support has 15 days to appeal the ruling.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Business Wire

Former coal CEO Don Blankenship convicted in mine disaster

Associated PressCHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was convicted Thursday of a misdemeanor count connected to a deadly coal mine explosion and acquitted of more serious charges.

Date: 12/03/2015 | Nation & World

BNSF takes accident prevention, preparation seriously

Freight rail is the backbone of the Northwest economy, and for well over a century, Burlington Northern Santa Fe has proudly and safely brought goods to and from Washington. We move the things we use every day — from the food we eat to the clothes we wear to the construction...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Commentary

Crane tips over on railroad tracks; no injuries

MARYSVILLE — No one was hurt Thursday when a stand-alone crane tipped over between Everett and Marysville. The sight caused a stir for commuters on nearby bridges.

Date: 10/15/2015 | Local News

Historian to share story of the Powder Mill Gulch explosion

Windows shattered and people were hurt by flying glass. A teenage girl lost an eye. Homes were destroyed. A boat in the bay was blown 20 feet into the air. And a major employer's plant was in ruins, never to open again.As the nation slid into the Great Depression 85 years...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Speed up oil-by-rail measures

The wheels of government move slowly, as is being shown in implementing legislation passed this year intended to give communities in Washington state advance notice when trains with oil tanker cars are moving through town.The new state law makes a number of improvements with...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Editorials

Target fined $21K for worker’s death at store in Lake Stevens

LAKE STEVENS — The state Department of Labor and Industries has fined Target $21,000 in connection with a worker’s death at the Lake Stevens store in June.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Local News

The need for more icebreakers

President Obama's renaming of Alaska's Mount McKinley to Denali earlier this week was just an icebreaker. But it wasn't the only one on the president's mind.The...

Date: 09/02/2015 | Editorials

Worker rescued from sand-filled rail car in Pierce County

FREDRICKSON — A trapped worker has been rescued from a rail car full of sand in Fredrickson in Pierce County.The News Tribune reported that the man was buried up to his chest in the rail car.

Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest

Worker dies after chlorine leak at Spokane recycling company

SPOKANE — Authorities have released the identity of a 44-year-old man who died following a chlorine gas leak at a Spokane recycling company.

Date: 08/17/2015 | Business Wire

Zodiac Aerospace restarts Newport plant following explosion

NEWPORT — Zodiac Aerospace’s Newport plant is getting back to work three weeks after an explosion injured five and shut the facility down, the company said Friday.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Jury awards nearly $1M to Clark County welder injured on job

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Clark County jury on Monday awarded nearly $1 million to a welder who was injured on the job.The Columbian reported Charles Pamplin was injured in a December 2010 oil rig construction accident.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Northwest

BNSF must own up to risks of oil, coal trains

Drug company ads on TV — ads European countries don't allow on television — are required to warn of possible dangerous side effects that could kill us. We'd be somewhat safer and more aware of urgent policy choices we face if rail, oil and gas companies were...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Commentary

Tesoro appeals violations and fine after 2010 explosion

TUMWATER — A hearing is scheduled to start next week on Tesoro Corp.’s appeal of violations and $2.3 million fine after the 2010 explosion at its refinery in Anacortes that killed seven workers.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Northwest

2 remain hospitalized after Newport aeropsace factory explosion

SPOKANE — Two people remained hospitalized Thursday after an explosion that heavily damaged an aerospace manufacturing plant in the town of Newport.Three other people were treated and released from a hospital in Newport after the Tuesday night explosion at the Zodiac Aerospace SA plant.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest

Longview executive dies from injuries after work accident

LONGVIEW — A Longview businessman has died from his injuries a month after two 3,000-pound concrete blocks fell on him at his company.Hospital spokesman Randy Querin said John Leber died Friday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest

Work ahead to make most of BP's $18.7B

The saga of what some have called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history passed a milestone on Thursday. BP, the company in charge of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded a mile above the Gulf of Mexico seafloor five years ago, announced that it has reached a...

Date: 07/06/2015 | Commentary

Worker’s family sues Boeing and supplier over fatal injury

SEATTLE ­— The family of a worker who was fatally injured when a seat-belt air bag replacement inflated explosively is suing Boeing and a supplier.Kenneth Otto suffered massive head injuries while he was installing the unit on a 777 at Boeing's Everett factory. He...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business

Worker dies after fall at Lake Stevens Target

LAKE STEVENS — The state Department of Labor and Industries is investigating a workplace death that occurred Sunday at the Lake Stevens Target.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Sirens

Safety regulators fine Seattle tunnel company for violations

SEATTLE — State safety regulators on Monday fined Seattle Tunnel Partners $2,050 for violations relating to a February accident that left four iron workers injured when a wall in the tunnel’s north portal collapsed and for failing to properly report missed days due to injuries for 17 workers over...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Northwest

Back home to heal

Stanwood man mending from near-fatal logging accident

Date: 05/18/2015 | Local News

Progress made on oil trains, but more should follow

Some in the railroad and oil industries may believe the recent legislative and regulatory attention paid them is unwarranted. But the news keeps getting in the way of their point:Federal investigators reported late last week that 16 cars in a 100-car Burlington Northern...

Date: 05/05/2015 | Editorials

Oils and orcas don't mix

Viewpoints: How whale watching boats can help

Date: 05/03/2015 | Commentary

Shared duty for worker safety

The bell tolled 89 times Tuesday for those in Washington state who died from injuries or illness related to their work.Twelve times it rang for residents of Snohomish County. The annual Worker Memorial Day...

Date: 04/30/2015 | Editorials

Worker, 21, injured when plywood load falls two floors

EVERETT — A 21-year-old worker was seriously injured in a construction accident near Silver Lake on Wednesday morning.It happened around 11:30 a.m. near the crossing of 16th Avenue SE and 107th Street SE, said Eric Hicks, assistant Everett fire marshal.

Date: 04/22/2015 | Sirens

4 suppliers cited after fatal accident at Boeing plant

EVERETT — The state Department of Labor and Industries has cited four Boeing suppliers for workplace safety violations discovered during the department’s investigation into a fatal accident at the airplane maker’s Paine Field plant in 2014.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Business

4 firms cited after fatal accident at Boeing plant

The state’s Department of Labor & Industries has cited four Boeing suppliers for workplace safety violations discovered during the department’s investigation into a fatal accident at the airplane maker’s Everett plant in 2014.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Oil's track record

Point-Counterpoint: Are stronger rules necessary?

Date: 04/05/2015 | Commentary

Christie’s Exxon settlement shortchanges Jersey

Last week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration settled New Jersey's long-standing environmental lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for pennies on the dollar. For a decade, the state had been seeking $8.9 billion in damages for pollution at two refineries in the northern part...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Worker fatally injured in 520 bridge fall was carpenter

SEATTLE — The prime contractor on the Washington 520 bridge project across Lake Washington says the man fatally injured in a construction site fall was a 34-year-old carpenter.Kiewit-General-Manson said Friday that the man had worked seven years with the company.

Date: 03/14/2015 | Northwest

Fines levied in death of worker at Swedish/Edmonds hospital

EDMONDS — Two contractors have been fined a total of $56,350 for alleged safety violations in the death of a worker at Swedish/Edmonds hospital in August.The state Department of Labor & Industries on Monday made public its report on the death of 38-year-old Jason...

Date: 02/24/2015 | Local News

We’ve been warned, repeatedly

It's happening with all too great a frequency:A CSX train carrying 3 million gallons of Bakken crude derailed in West Virginia on Tuesday, causing a huge fireball and leaking oil into a river tributary...

Date: 02/23/2015 | Editorials

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

Billings, Mont. — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Nation & World

Safety goes off the rails

Residents near Mount Carbon, West Virginia, heard a "big boom" on Monday, an explosion so forceful that it resulted in a fireball hundreds of feet high and sounded like a massive bomb exploding. Days later, toppled tank cars from a derailed train carrying 3 million gallons...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Commentary

Lynnwood police refer forklift fatality to prosecutors

LYNNWOOD — A forklift operator could face manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal accident in the Lynnwood Goodwill parking lot in August.

Date: 02/18/2015 | Local News

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