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Eastman Chemical Plant Explosion on anniversary of Catastrophic Blast

On Wednesday morning, Oct. 4, 2017 Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, Tennessee, experienced a massive explosion 57 years to the date after another major explosion that still impacts workers today. In October 1960, Alex Looney, 21 at the time, was playing golf when he felt the effects of the massive blast from Eastman Chemical. The ground shook beneath his feet. “Then, of course, for the next several hours you heard sirens and saw all sorts of emergency vehicles,” Looney told News Channel 11. Little did he know that several good friends who worked at Eastman died that day. Kingsport Times-News called the ... Read More

Lawsuit Filed Over Deadly Industrial Accident in Helena

The spouse of a woman killed in a Helena industrial accident has filed a lawsuit against her employer, blaming them for the incident. The lawsuit was filed by Crescensio Pablo, the husband of Alabaster resident Eva Saenz, 45, who was killed last month at ABC Polymer Industries, LLC . When Shelby County 911 was called at 6:41 p.m., Helena Police and Fire units were dispatched to the location of the gruesome incident. The first responders found that Saenz had been pulled into the industrial machine. She was pronounced dead on the scene. “The investigation kicks over to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health ... Read More

Worker amputation results in lawsuit against machine manufacturer

A woman who lost five fingers in an amputation incident while attempting to clean an industrial yarn machine filed a lawsuit against the machine’s manufacturer, holding them responsible. Mary Lynn Stanco, a Pittston Township, Pennsylvania, resident, was working as a threader at Warp Processing Co., Inc in Exeter. The warping machine she often uses produces large volumes of yarn on spinning beams at a speed of 450 yards per minute. According to the lawsuit, Stanco was assisting a mechanic who was working on a warping machine in April 2016. When the mechanic pointed out a dirty presser roller, Stanco attempted to ... Read More

Factory Accident Envelopes Atchison, Kansas, In Chemical Cloud

Health authorities say the air quality in and around Atchison, Kan., has returned to normal after a toxic chemical cloud released from a local food additive and beverage plant enveloped the city Friday morning, sending more than 100 people to the hospital. The accident happened at the MGP Ingredients plant a couple minutes after 8 a.m. when a worker at the facility accidentally combined sulfuric acid and sodium hypochlorite, creating a reaction that sent a massive plume of chlorine gas over the city. The noxious smog was so thick in some areas that it reduced visibility to near zero. “Two ... Read More

Chicago worker killed in industrial accident

On the morning of Monday, April 11, a 70-year-old worker died on the south side of Chicago in a tragic industrial accident when he became trapped in a large piece of on-site machinery. According to Chicago police and fire officials, the victim, Mr. Julio Huerta, became trapped in the machine while working at Napuck Salvage of Waupaca at approximately 9:45 am on Monday. Officials told ABC7 News the worker’s arm got caught in a conveyor belt, and the machine severed his arm almost immediately. By the time an ambulance could rush him to Advocate Trinity Hospital, it was too late. ... Read More

Texas city sues fertilizer companies for damages related to deadly April explosions

When the city of West, Texas, lost much of its infrastructure in the West Fertilizer plant explosion, city officials sought taxpayer funds to foot the bill for all the damage. When the federal government denied their request for disaster assistance, officials in the partially destroyed city decided to hold the company and its suppliers liable. The April 17 blast killed 15 people, injured more than 200, and decimated parts of the city, including a school, nursing home, and hundreds of houses and businesses. The precise cause of the blast is still under investigation, but investigators know it is linked to ... Read More

Explosion at Indiana grain and fertilizer facility kills one

UNION MILLS, Ind. – An explosion has killed one person at an Indiana agricultural facility that stores fertilizer, grain, and feed, the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. The deadly blast occurred in Union Mills, about 50 miles southeast of Chicago. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but authorities reported that it was confined to a part of the facility that handles grain. The sheriff’s office said that no toxic chemicals or fumes were released in the explosion. The person killed, James Swank, 67, was an employee of Co-Alliance LLP, operator of the grain elevator. According to the coroner’s ... Read More

West Fertilizer explosion highlights safety, regulatory deficiencies

Last week NBC News reported that West Fertilizer, whose plant exploded Wednesday, killing at least 14 people and leveling parts of the town of West, Texas, had a good safety record with federal safety regulators and a solid reputation with the people in town, most of whom share some connection to the plant and its employees. But factories with a history of good safety inspections shouldn’t just blow up like a nuclear bomb. So what happened? New reports have emerged that West Fertilizer, a part of Adair Grain Inc., which is owned by Donald Adair, failed to tell authorities, as it is ... Read More