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Investigators looking into death of Howard worker

ELLISVILLE — Jones County authorities are investigating the death of a Howard Industries employee over the weekend at the company’s Ellisville plant. Ellisville Police Department Investigator Christy Carona says the death has been ruled an accident. County Coroner Nancy Barnett says the exact cause of death has not been determined, pending an investigation and autopsy. Carona says 29-year-old Benjamin Edward ...

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Workplace accident claims employee's life

CLEVELAND — Bolivar County sheriff’s deputies say a crane operator at Quality Steel Corporation in Cleveland died in a workplace accident. Investigator Dasel Moorhead tells The Bolivar Commercial that Robert Mason was driving a crane when the weight shifted causing the crane to turn over. Moorhead said Mason was ejected and crushed when the crane rolled over him. He said ...

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Another natural gas explosion rocks Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas — Two deadly blasts in two days in Texas have involved workers who have accidentally hit natural gas lines. Lipscomb County Sheriff James Robertson said a blast yesterday involved a crew that was removing caliche for a dirt-contracting company. Caliche is commonly used in cement. The explosion happened when a bulldozer struck a pipeline in a remote area ...

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Investigators start probe of deadly gas explosion

CLEBURNE, Texas — A natural gas explosion in North Texas killed one member of a crew installing utility poles, and authorities were trying to figure out if the gas line had been marked before digging started. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was among numerous agencies at the scene after a utility crew struck a gas line yesterday afternoon, ...

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OSHA looking into pipeline explosion

SMITH COUNTY — Smith County emergency management director Kevin Butler announced that the investigation into the cause of the deadly July 15 pipeline explosion has begun. Butler said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were expected to be on the scene yesterday afternoon. The explosion occurred just south of Sylvarena in rural Smith County around 3:30 p.m. when workers were ...

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