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Worker Succumbs to Severe Burn Injuries After Refinery Blast

A worker who was hospitalized with severe burn injuries from an explosion at an El Dorado, Kansas, oil refinery Monday, Sept. 4, has died. The worker, reported to be a man in his 50s, was injured in a blast at the HollyFrontier refinery, which processes about 135,000 barrels of crude oil per day at its facilities in El Dorado, about 30 miles northeast of Wichita. According to the Associated Press, the worker was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita with second- and third-degree burn injuries covering 80 percent of his body. He died in the hospital overnight, ... Read More

Impending Explosion at Arkema Chemical Plant in Houston

Arkema SA has warned the public that it’s just a matter of time until its chemical plant in Crosby, Texas explodes due to the extreme flooding in and around the facility. “We have an unprecedented 6 feet of water at the plant,” Arkema President and CEO Rich Rowe said in a statement about the situation Wednesday. “We have lost primary power and two sources of emergency backup power. “As a result, we have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire. The high water and lack of power leave us with ... Read More

Natural Gas Line Suspected in Explosion of San Clemente House

It was a sad day on Avenida Dolores in San Clemente, California, early Thursday morning when an apparent natural gas explosion destroyed a family home. Although the home and everything inside was reduced to fiery ruins, the couple and their dogs made it out physically unscathed. Diane Alajoki told CBS Los Angeles that she and her partner were packing for a trip early Thursday morning when they felt an enormous blast. Not knowing what had happened, Ms. Alajoki said she thought maybe something had hit the house. “I laid down just before getting in the shower, and this explosion happened,” Ms. ... Read More

Deadly Natural Gas Explosion Leads To New Pipeline Safety Rules In Colorado

Colorado has announced new gas pipeline safety measures that could be adopted in the wake of a natural gas explosion that killed two people in their home in April. According to the Coloradoan, Governor John Hickenlooper said that the new regulations would require energy utilities to mark the location of underground lines at the property owner’s request. In the weeks following the deadly blast, Governor Hickenlooper originally called for a comprehensive state map of flow lines that could be publicly available. But on Tuesday he said “there are a lot of concerns about having a database like that available, of ... Read More

NTSB Reports on Natural Gas Explosion at Minneapolis School

Federal investigators have issued a preliminary report on the natural gas explosion that killed two people and injured nine others in a Minneapolis private school Aug. 2. The blast occurred at the Minnehaha Academy’s Upper School campus at 10:22 a.m. School students were still on vacation at the time, but some students and staff were in the building at the time for sports and other activities. “At the time of the explosion, two workers were installing new piping to support the relocation of gas meters from the basement of the building to the outside,” the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ... Read More

Natural Gas Explosion Levels Home, Critically Injures Couple

An apparent natural gas explosion leveled a suburban Lincoln, Nebraska, home Monday afternoon, rocking an entire community and leaving two people with life-threatening injuries. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that the blast happened just after 4:30 p.m., sending what one witness described as a “sonic boom” through the neighborhood. The blast completely destroyed a home at 5601 S. 78th St. in the southeastern part of the city. Witnesses said they arrived at the scene to pull an elderly couple who was critically injured with burns and other injuries from the home. Authorities told the Lincoln Journal Star that the injuries were ... Read More

Boiler explosion results in four wrongful death lawsuits

The widow of a man who was killed by a boiler explosion last April has filed a wrongful death lawsuit to seek justice for her husband’s death. On April 3, 2017, a 1-ton steam tank explosion at Loy-Lang Box Co. in St. Louis, Missouri, rocketed debris so high into the air, massive debris rained down nearly a block away. Kenneth Threntham, 59, an employee of Loy-Lang, was killed immediately. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kathy Trentham, the wife of Kenneth Trentham, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several companies including Kickham Boiler & Engineering of St. Louis, Arise Inc. of Cleveland; the ... Read More

NTSB Says Workers Were Moving Natural Gas Meter When School Exploded

A natural gas explosion that ripped through a private Minneapolis school Aug. 2, killing two school employees and injuring nine others, occurred when utility workers were moving a gas meter, federal investigators said Friday. A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team of investigators arrived at Minnehaha Academy’s upper campus in south Minneapolis Aug. 3 for a preliminary look at the blast site, which set part of the building ablaze, causing a partial collapse. “We understand that this explosion happened in the course of moving a gas meter; that’s what we’ll be exploring starting tomorrow,” NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said during ... Read More

Natural Gas Explosion Kills Two, Injures Nine at Minneapolis School

A natural gas explosion inside a private Minneapolis school Wednesday killed two staff members and injured nine others, including one who remains in critical condition. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending a team to Minneapolis to investigate the blast, which occurred late Wednesday morning and collapsed part of the Minnehaha Academy’s upper school. The academy’s lower school is in a different location and was not affected. The blast killed school receptionist Ruth Berg, 47, and custodian John Carlson, 81. Both Ms. Berg and Mr. Carlson were longtime employees of the school and adored by both faculty and students, ... Read More

2 Killed, 4 Injured in Florida Power Plant Blast

Two workers were killed and four more were wounded critically in a blast at one of the largest Florida power plants operated by Tampa Electric. At the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach near Tampa, six people suffered severe burns in a coal-fire unit. Two of the injured were pronounced dead on the scene by first responders. The remaining four with life-threatening injuries were rushed to Tampa General Hospital, two of whom were air lifted, The New York Times reports. “They would be categorized as very severe,” said Corey Dierdorff, a spokesman for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. According to Dierdorff, the workers ... Read More