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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.
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.
May 11, 2007 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
Chinese authorities acknowledged Thursday that not enough has been done to improve their country's dismal work safety record, especially in the deadly coal mining industry. Despite repeated government crackdowns, including a recent campaign that singled out 133 officials for punishment, accidents continue to soar due to illegal production and lax law enforcement.
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.
March 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A sewage reservoir in the northern Gaza Strip collapsed Tuesday, killing five people as waste and mud swamped a village. Rescue crews and Hamas gunmen searched for people underneath the noxious liquid. Dressed in wetsuits, they paddled boats on the rivers of waste or waded in up to their hips. When Palestinian Authority Interior Minister Hani Kawasmi arrived to survey the damage, his bodyguards fired in the air to disperse a crowd.
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