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Gas Explosions Devastate Massachusetts Communities, Displace Thousands

Dozens of natural gas explosions blasted through three Massachusetts towns Sept. 13, killing one teen, injuring at least a dozen people, and triggering structural fires that displaced thousands of residents. Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency Friday in response to the gas explosions and sent officials to inspect homes and businesses door-to-door in the towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover just north of Boston. The governor said that the crews were inspecting structures for safety before residents would be allowed to return. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is leading a federal investigation of the gas ... Read More

Man’s Death from Burns Sparks Second Space Heater Recall

An electric space heater manufacturer joined federal safety regulators in re-announcing the recall of thousands of electric space heater fans after a Minnesota man died of burn injuries he sustained in a December 2017 house fire. Vornado LLC of Andover, Kansas, originally recalled about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters in April over the risk of fire and burn injuries. On Aug. 22, the company re-announced the recall after the Minnesota death was linked to one of the space heaters. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled space heaters “can overheat when in use, posing ... Read More

Doctors Warn Wire Grill Brushes Can Cause Serious Injury

Wire grill brushes many backyard cooks use to clean their grills may look innocent enough, but there is a lurking danger associated with them that could become deadly for some people. According to a study published in 2016 in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, approximately 1,700 people in the U.S were rushed to emergency rooms between 2002 and 2014 after inadvertently swallowing a bit of stray grill brush wire that clung to the grill during cleaning and ended up in their food. This figure, however, is believed to be significantly larger because it does not count patients who seek ... Read More

Deadly Flash Fire at Alabama Auto Dealer Leads to $114K Penalty

A deadly flash fire that broke out inside a Jasper, Alabama auto dealership in June 2017 was the result of serious safety lapses, federal regulators said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it reached a settlement agreement with Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership Aug. 1, resolving citations and penalties issued in the wake of the deadly fire, which killed three employees and seriously injured two others. The agreement requires the auto dealer to pay $114,074 in penalties for safety violations OSHA investigators found after the fire. The investigators found that company employees were using a highly flammable ... Read More

Risk of Fire, Burn Injuries Prompts Three Product Recalls

The risk of overheating, fire, and burn injuries has triggered a nationwide recall of three consumer products in recent days, federal safety regulators announced. Zebra Technologies Printer Power Supply Units According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Zebra Technologies is expanding a previous recall of the power supply units used on its thermal printers. The power supply units can degrade and corrode over time when exposed to moisture and overheat, posing a fire hazard. The CPSC said Zebra Technologies recalled about 166,000 of the power supply units in Dec. 2016 and then expanded the recall on Aug. 2, ... Read More

OSHA Fines Patterson-UTI for Deadly Oklahoma Gas Rig Explosion

Safety failures triggered a massive explosion at a Patterson-UTI drilling site in eastern Oklahoma earlier this year, causing five workers to die of severe burns and blast injuries. Now federal regulators have assessed penalties of more than $118,000 for UTI-Patterson and two other companies involved with the drilling site. The explosion and subsequent fire occurred Jan. 22 on a Patterson-UTI drilling rig near Quinton, Oklahoma. It was the largest and deadliest drilling blast to occur since BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. The remains of the five workers who died in the explosion were ... Read More

Two Workers Suffer Burn Injuries in Utah Gas Plant Explosion

Two workers suffered severe burns and other injuries when a natural gas compression facility in Eastern Utah exploded on the morning of July 28. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the blast at the compression plant, located near the town of Cisco, Utah, about 50 miles west of Grand Junction, Colorado. Lt. Beau Edic of the Lower Valley Fire Protection District told The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel that despite their burns and other significant injuries, the men “removed themselves” from the blast site and drove to I-70, where they were evacuated to hospitals by helicopter. One of the ... Read More

Man Sues ZTE For Devastating Cell Phone Fire

A New Mexico man whose Chinese-made ZTE smartphone caught fire as it was charging overnight has filed a lawsuit against a U.S. subsidiary of the manufacturer, alleging the phone’s defective design burned his home and all his possessions and left him with crippling burn injuries. According to the Albuquerque Journal, plaintiff Jose Perez filed the lawsuit in the Judicial District Court in Santa Fe last week. He seeks compensatory and punitive damages for economic losses, future medical expenses, and future pain and suffering, among damages. Mr. Perez says he was charging his ZTE Zmax Pro Blu phone overnight next to ... Read More

Letterkenny Army Depot Blast Kills One, Injures Four Others

Investigators are working to determine what caused an explosion that killed one person and injured four others inside the Letterkenny Army Depot in south-central Pennsylvania last week. The explosion occurred in what Letterkenny depot officials called the “production paint kitchen” of the sprawling facility, where the Army has stored ammunition, missiles, and other weapons since 1942. According to a WHTM ABC27 reporter in Harrisburg, two employees on fire ran “out of a building screaming” and one suffered from chemical burns. The three employees were airlifted to a hospital for treatment, where one who sustained severe burn injuries in the explosion ... Read More

Giant Hogweed Plant Leaves Virginia Teen With Third-Degree Facial Burns

A Virginia teen is recovering from third-degree burn injuries he developed after coming in contact with a Giant Hogweed plant while working a landscaping job. Alex Childress, 17, of Spotsylvania, was clearing vegetation on the job July 12 when he thought he was feeling the effects of a sunburn on his face. He continued working throughout the day, not realizing the actual danger he was in, Newsweek reports. When he returned home, he took a shower and found the skin on his face and arm was peeling away, much like it would after a severe sunburn. His mother, a nurse ... Read More