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February 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An explosion and fire at a sprawling sugar refinery rattled the Savannah suburb of Port Wentworth, severely injuring dozens of people and sending authorities into a nearby river to search for possible victims, officials said. No deaths were immediately reported, and there was no word on what caused the blast at the Imperial Sugar factory, officials said. As many as 100 people may have been injured in the blast.
December 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Explosions and fires at a chemical plant Wednesday killed four people, injured at least 14 and sent debris flying several stories into the air, fire officials and witnesses said. It was not clear what caused the explosions about 1:30 p.m. at the T2 Laboratories Inc. plant, which makes solvents and fuel additives, said Tom Francis, a fire rescue spokesman. Everyone at the plant was accounted for by Wednesday evening. Hospitals reported one patient in critical condition, three fair and five good.
December 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two brothers working as window washers fell 47 stories when the scaffolding on a high-rise apartment building gave way, authorities said. One died and the other was critically injured. The men were getting onto the scaffolding from the roof of the 47-story building when the platform gave way, Fire Department spokesman Seth Andrews said. "They apparently fell all the way from the top," Fire Department spokesman John Mulligan said. The brothers had worked at the building for several years.
November 27, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
An explosion at a Northridge cosmetics factory injured four people, authorities said Monday. Firefighters responded to a report of an explosion in the 9000 block of Oso Avenue about 12:30 p.m., said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. When they arrived, they found smoke escaping from the building's windows but no structural damage. Four people complained of injuries, but none had been taken to a hospital, Humphrey said. It is unclear what caused the explosion.
November 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An elevator in a tower block under construction in eastern China plunged more than 20 stories, killing six workers and severely injuring 10, the official New China News Agency reported. The accident, the latest in a string of industrial accidents across the country, happened at nearly completed flats in Wuxi City in coastal Jiangsu province, the agency said. Workers had entered the elevator around noon.
October 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Rescuers were searching stormy Gulf of Mexico seas for four oil workers still missing after a drilling rig collided with an offshore platform. Two survivors of Tuesday's collision have been found, as well as another body, bringing the death toll to 19, Mexico's state oil company said. Most of the victims drowned after their life rafts were swamped by high seas.
October 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
At least 18 oil workers were killed and seven others were missing after a Mexican drilling rig hit an oil platform in stormy weather, spilling gas and oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the state-owned oil company said. Rescuers had pulled 61 workers from storm-tossed waters but had yet to control the leak, said Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. The company said it was not immediately clear how much had spilled.
August 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
As a female voice coos, "Welcome to space," six passengers in skintight spacesuits unbuckle their seat belts and somersault in zero gravity, occasionally peeking back at Earth through the private spaceship's large portholes. Virgin Galactic showed off this animated video promoting the weightless joys of commercial space travel at a trade show for experimental aircraft last month.
August 3, 2007 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
The February fire that killed two workers remodeling a house near UCLA resulted from a painting contractor's serious lapses in job safety, state investigators have concluded. Cal/OSHA officials said this week that they have filed three civil citations against the Beverly Hills contractor, Alan Silverstein Inc. The most serious citation said the employer failed to vent "flammable vapors" from the crawl space under the home where the two employees were trapped by flames.
July 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal investigators singled out a cause for the collapse of tons of ceiling panels that crushed a motorist last year in Boston's problem-plagued Big Dig tunnel: the glue. The collapse could have been avoided if designers and construction crews had considered that the epoxy holding support anchors for the 4,600-pound panels could slowly pull away in a phenomenon known as "creep," the National Transportation Safety Board concluded.
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