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Construction accident kills two and injures two near Dallas

Two construction workers were killed and two seriously injured last Thursday morning in a work site accident in Lewisville, Texas about 20 miles north of Dallas. According to initial reports, 34-year-old Gerardo Horta of Dallas and Rafael Ruiz-Garcia, 41, of Denton were killed when the boom of a cement truck collapsed, striking them and the other workers. The men were working on the construction of a new park-and-ride rail station, a project contracted by the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) to Lemco Construction,  when the accident occurred about 5:15 a.m. The concrete-pumping truck was being operated by Central Concrete Pumping ... Read More

Freon leak eyed as culprit in Eastdale mall employee death

Eastdale Mall in Montgomery, Alabama, reopened last night at 6 p.m. after inspectors found it posed no risk to the general public. The mall closed on Sunday after the body of 22-year-old employee Nicholas Burdette was found in the bathroom near the mall’s skating rink. Some mall employees and others familiar with the mall’s facilities believe that Burdette was killed by a Freon leak around the Ice Palace skating rink that allegedly has made others sick in the past. Burdette was employed by Professional Management Services, Inc., a company contracted by Eastdale Mall to provide janitorial services. Inspectors from the ... Read More

Feds eye Halliburton as investigations of Gulf oil disaster move forward

With federal investigations into the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon underway, more and more attention is being shifted to Halliburton, the oil-services corporation hired by British Petroleum (BP) to cement the wellhead from which hundreds of thousands of crude oil are spouting every day. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Halliburton workers had completed filling the gap between the pipe and the sides of the drill hole with cement and had started plugging the well temporarily when a blowout explosion likely occurred. Investigators haven’t determined whether Halliburton completed the cementing when the blast occurred. According to the Wall Street Journal, ... Read More