December 25, 1996 |
A wreath of blue and white flowers joined memorials of roses and poinsettias at the gate of a Houston metal-fabricating factory where an explosion killed eight workers. Cliff Hearn, whose brother-in-law Michael Anthony Gunn died in the blast, knelt at the gate to place the flowers. Asked how the family was holding up, Hearn said: "Not good, not good. It's just a terrible, terrible tragedy." Steven Nagy, 29, also was killed by the Sunday night blast at the Wyman-Gordon Forging Co. plant.
December 24, 1996 |
An explosion ripped through a metal-fabricating plant as the employees were about to shut it down for the holidays, killing eight workers and hurling body parts as far as 100 yards. Two other workers were injured in the blast Sunday night at the Wyman Gordon Forging Co. plant near Houston. They were listed in stable condition. The cause of the explosion was not known, said Harris County fire investigator Bill Anders.
June 16, 1994 |
Getting zapped with 14,400 volts was enough to set his clothes on fire, but John Mays says about all he remembers "was one big flash." Co-workers put out the flames Tuesday, but the shock to his muscles kept the construction worker from letting go of an electrical transformer he had been working on. "That's when I came to. I told the guys to get some help. . . . I was stuck there for a while," Mays, 47, said from Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
January 9, 1992 |
A fire Wednesday in a chicken processing plant sent 21 people to the hospital with burns and with injuries from being trampled as people tried to escape, officials said. The fire broke out late in the morning at the Pilgrim's Pride Corp. plant when a hydraulic line on a fry cooker came loose, Fire Chief Larry McRae said. Hot oil escaped and got into a burner, which caught fire, he said. The fire spread, but was quickly put out by the plant's own firefighting system, McRae added.
September 8, 1991 |
Workers using skimmers and absorbent pads mopped up sections of a 40,000-gallon oil spill but said it still threatened a wildlife habitat along Galveston Bay. A 10-mile stretch of the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway remained closed as well. A 10-inch pipeline ruptured before midnight Thursday when Amoco Pipeline Co. workers were transferring light crude oil to a barge at the company's High Island terminal in Galveston's east bay, a company spokesman said.
August 23, 1991 |
Phillips 66 Co. will pay a record $4 million to settle hundreds of safety citations issued by federal inspectors after a 1989 explosion here in which 23 people were killed and 130 others were injured, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday. The settlement was the largest amount ever paid to the OSHA in the 20-year history of the organization but considerably less than the $5.7 million in fines originally recommended.