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Panda Express Worker Suffers Burn Injuries in Kitchen Explosion

A worker suffered burn injuries in a suspected gas explosion in the kitchen of a Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Panda Express restaurant Nov. 5. Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief John Whitman told West Hawaii Today that the injured worker was taken to Kona Community Hospital for treatment of her burn injuries. A second person was also injured in the explosion, but the nature and extent of the injuries is unclear. The injured Panda Express worker told responders that she smelled gas after a rice cooker dropped on the floor in the kitchen area of the restaurant. When she bent down to pick ... Read More

Partial Building Collapse at Amazon Facility Kills Two Workers

Two workers were killed when an Amazon sorting facility in Baltimore partially collapsed during severe weather Friday, Nov. 2. Amazon workers told Baltimore’s WBAL Channel 11 that it was business as usual until they heard loud noises, which one worker described as “bombs dropping everywhere.” The power went off and suddenly parts of the facility started to collapse. Baltimore City Fire Department Chief Roman Clark told the Baltimore Sun that a 50-foot wall at the Amazon facility collapsed when a severe storm blew though the area. According to WMAR Channel 2 Baltimore, emergency responders pulled one worker from the debris ... Read More

Fryer Explosion in Maine Restaurant Leaves Workers With Burn Injuries

Two workers suffered serious burn injuries when a propane-powered deep fryer exploded in the kitchen of a popular southern Maine restaurant Oct. 11. The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. in the kitchen of Rick’s All Seasons Restaurant in York, Maine, when the fryolator suddenly burst into “a ball of fire,” according to Seacoast Online. A sprinkler system quickly put out the fire, but the explosion and hot oil left employees BreeAnne McDowell and Marianne Porter with serious burn injuries. According to Seacoast Online and the Bangor Daily News, York Village Fire Department Chief Chris Balentine said one of the employees ... Read More

OSHA’s Severe Injury and Death Reporting Program Slammed in Audit

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) received a dismal report card from its parent agency’s investigative arm Sept. 13, faulting it for failing to ensure it receives complete information on work-related deaths and severe injuries, as well as its inconsistency in citing employers that do not file the workplace accident reports required by law. The Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General prefaced its OSHA report – OSHA Needs to Improve the Guidance for Its Fatality and Severe Injury Reporting Program to Better Protect Workers – with a reference to changes the agency made to its reporting requirements that ... Read More

Generator Explosion Injures Mobile Power Washing Worker

A generator explosion inside a mobile power-washing vehicle injured a worker on the job Sunday, Sept. 23, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. West Michigan’s WWMT Channel 3 reports that the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety responded to an emergency call reporting a commercial truck fire at a Schupan Aluminum and Plastic Sales warehouse around 12:30 p.m. Investigators said a worker who was power washing near the truck when the explosion occurred suffered non-life-threatening burn and blast injuries. According to WWMT, the worker was hit by shrapnel and suffered burns to his legs. He was taken to a hospital in Bronson, Michigan, for ... Read More

Employee Settles Amputation Lawsuit with Norwegian Cruise Line

A Norwegian Cruise Line employee who went to the onboard ship doctor for nausea but got an arm amputation instead has settled with the cruise company for $3.3 million. Ilija Loncar, a waiter aboard Norwegian’s Breakaway, sued the Bermuda-based cruise company in June 2016 for negligence, alleging the ship’s doctor grossly mistreated his flu-like symptoms with a potent drug and caused him a debilitating injury that led to his arm amputation. According to his lawsuit, Mr. Loncar admitted himself to the ship’s infirmary in March 2016 with nausea and other flu-like symptoms. Dr. Sebastian Campuzano injected him with a massive ... Read More

Utah Teen Faces Amputation After Work Accident

A Utah teen who was electrocuted while working with a tree removal company in Salt Lake City may have to undergo a limb amputation, his family said. Seventeen-year-old Jared Hernandez was on the job with a tree removal crew Friday, Aug. 3, when he noticed a fire had broken out next to the crane the crew was using to remove a tree, a GoFundMe page set up to help cover his medical bills said. The teen tried to warn the men in the crane but they couldn’t hear him, so he decided to climb onto the crane to warn them, ... 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

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

Multiple BWAY Plants Face OSHA Fines for Worker Injuries

The BWAY plants located in Chicago, Illinois; Homerville, Geeorgia; and North Brunswick, New Jersey, have been fined more than $500,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over multiple worker injuries. In the last five years, BWAY, the maker of plastic and metal containers such as paint cans, has been held responsible for 15 worker amputations. OSHA found one worker whose bones in his hand were crushed by a machine, and three others who suffered amputations due to unguarded assemblies of chain-and-sprocket design, Safety News Alert reports. BWAY, an Atlanta-based company, was slapped with 10 OSHA citations for repeat violations including failure ... Read More