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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 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.
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.
April 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
China has detained four people after a horrific accident in which more than 25 tons of molten steel engulfed a room and killed at least 32 workers, state media said. An industrial ladle was moving into the pouring position at the Qinghe Special Steel Co. plant in the northeastern province of Liaoning when it sheared off an iron rail, spewing its 2,730-degree contents. "The liquid metal engulfed the room, bursting through the door and windows and burying the workers," the China Daily said.
February 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One worker was critically burned on his hands and face and three others were injured in a flash electrical fire at the Shell refinery in Wilmington. The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m. while the four were working on a 2,300-volt electrical panel. Firefighters called to the scene at 2101 E. Pacific Coast Highway. were initially told that one of the men had been electrocuted.
February 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Several explosions engulfed a chemical plant in flames, forcing a broad evacuation in Kansas City as the fire spewed a sticky substance that residents were warned not to touch. Two workers at Chemcentral Corp. suffered minor injuries, authorities said. Police drove up and down nearby streets warning that more explosions were expected, but the blaze began subsiding in late evening.
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