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Fatal explosions prompt regulators to call for change

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Explosions from oil and natural gas tanks tucked away in isolated areas killed 44 people in the last three decades, federal regulators said yesterday as they called on companies and officials to make the storage sites safer. Thousands of tanks are in places where young people hang out. Those killed were all 25 or younger, often at ...

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Disaster declaration extended, storm aid coming

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour announced residents and business owners in four additional counties can access federal emergency assistance programs after President Obama approved and expanded Mississippi’s federal disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that affected the state. The additional counties are Chickasaw, Choctaw, Neshoba and Webster. These four counties will receive FEMA Individual Assistance, which provides ...

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OSHA cites Quality Steel following fatality

CLEVELAND — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed penalties of $46,935 for Quality Steel Corp. in Cleveland where a worked died in 2010 in a forklift accident. OSHA said in a news release today that the propane tank manufacturer was cited for 19 safety violations. OSHA says the safety violations included failing to ensure the forklift operator was ...

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Two workers die in Greenville Bridge accident

GREENVILLE — Authorities say a second worker has died of injuries suffered yesterday in an accident on the old Mississippi River Bridge between Mississippi and Arkansas. The old bridge between Greenville and Lake Village, Ark., is being dismantled after a new, bigger bridge was built about a half-mile up river. Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson tells the Delta Democrat Times ...

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Workers suing company after power plant explosion

HARTFORD, Conn. — Attorneys for nine people injured or killed in a Connecticut power plant explosion say they’re suing companies involved in building and overseeing the facility. The four lawyers filed lawsuits yesterday in Middletown Superior Court, alleging plant owner Kleen Energy Systems and some contractors failed to take precautions to prevent the February blast. The explosion killed six workers ...

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U.S. highway fatalities hit 50-year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people dying on the nation’s roads has fallen to its lowest level in six decades, helped by a combination of seat belts, safer cars and tougher enforcement of drunken driving laws. The Transportation Department said late yesterday that traffic deaths fell 9.7 percent in 2009 to 33,808, the lowest number since 1950. In 2008, an ...

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Alabama company fined following fatality

PHENIX CITY, Ala. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited MDLG, doing business as Phenix Lumber Co., for 53 safety and health violations following the death of one worker and the critical injury of a second at its Phenix City, Ala., facility. Proposed penalties total $439,400.

 “Phenix Lumber failed to protect its workers from death and serious ...

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Inspectors to resume search of mine

MONTCOAL, W.Va. — Inspection teams are expected to continue searching the West Virginia coal mine where 29 men died in the industry’s worst U.S. disaster in 40 years. Owner Massey Energy says the teams are expected to return to the Upper Big Branch mine today. Teams of company and government workers are trying to make sure the mine is safe ...

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VT Halter Marine responds to OSHA fines

VT Halter Marine Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), commented today on the OSHA citations and fines resulting from OSHA’s investigation of two fatalities and two injuries occurring at the VT Halter Marine (VTHM) Moss Point facility in November of 2009. “We deeply regret this tragic accident,” said Bill Skinner, CEO of VTHM. “The ...

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Report: Thirty-four people died in Toyotas this decade

WASHINGTON — The government has received new complaints that bring to 34 the total number of alleged deaths in Toyota vehicles due to sudden acceleration since 2000, according to government data posted Monday. The government has received complaints during the past three weeks alleging 13 deaths. The deaths allegedly tied to this problem happened in nine crashes between 2005 and ...

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