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August 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
It might sound like a chocoholic's dream, but slipping into a vat of viscous chocolate became a two-hour nightmare for a 21-year-old man Friday morning. Darmin Garcia, an employee of Debelis Corp., a company that supplies chocolate ingredients, said he was pushing the chocolate down into the vat because it was stuck. But the chocolate gave way, and he slid in. "It was in my hair, in my ears, my mouth, everywhere," said Garcia, who has worked at the company for two years.
July 14, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A dairy owner died when his tractor sank into a manure pit, Fresno County authorities said Thursday. Jose Iraizoz, 64, was riding his tractor between two open pits Tuesday when the wheels apparently slipped into about 5 feet of sludge. By the time help arrived, Iraizoz had been in the manure too long to have survived, Sheriff's Lt. Mark Padilla said. His body was recovered Wednesday morning.
June 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
An explosion and fire ripped through a Pandora factory, injuring at least five employees and leading to the evacuation of several hundred homes, authorities said. Homes downwind from the facility were evacuated because of the risk of fumes from a peroxide product that can cause lung problems, Riley Township Fire Chief Bob McCoy said. The injured workers reported having breathing difficulties. More than 40 employees fled the plant.
May 25, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A truck driver was killed Wednesday when she was buried under 10 tons of cement, a sheriff's official said. The woman, whose identity was not immediately released, worked as a cement truck driver for Outback Materials Transport in the Fresno County foothills. She was reportedly standing at the top of a machine used to pour cement into trucks when she fell into a funnel and the cement poured on top of her.
May 5, 2006 | Michelle Keller, Times Staff Writer
Potential danger lurks in the bustling kitchen at Susina Bakery & Cafe. Staff members at the small Los Angeles eatery often haul heavy bags of sugar and flour. Complicated kitchen equipment whirs. It's not hard to imagine getting injured. But for owner Jenna Turner, employee safety is a top priority.
April 11, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
One man died and four others were injured Monday when the roof of a storage tank collapsed at the ConocoPhillips refinery in Wilmington. The contract workers were replacing the steel bottom of the empty, 90,000-barrel tank when its adjustable steel roof fell. "Somehow or another, there was a collapse" and the 120-foot-diameter roof fell to just two feet above the tank floor, said Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Lou Rapouli. More than 60 firefighters responded to the 9:30 a.m.
February 25, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Emergency workers in Chittagong, Bangladesh, recovered 48 bodies from the charred debris of a textile factory, raising the death toll to 54, officials said. The factory had one main exit and workers had to leave by a narrow stairway or jump from windows, a fire official said. The fire late Thursday may have been ignited by sparks from a tool.
January 10, 2006 | Caitlin Liu and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
A fire and a series of explosions ripped through a paint manufacturing facility in Carson on Monday, critically injuring three people and forcing the evacuation of surrounding businesses. The fire erupted at Advanced Packaging and Products in the 16000 block of Maple Avenue shortly after noon, triggering blasts that shot flames, along with canisters and other debris, up to 70 feet in the air. A towering column of black smoke was visible for miles.
December 22, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Fullerton man was killed Wednesday when he lost control of a forklift that overturned on top of him. Daniel Christian Carvalho, 44, was pronounced dead about 3:45 p.m. in an alley in the 2400 block of East Fender Avenue, near a car repair shop he owned, police said. "It looked like the roll bar was on the back of his neck and his face was to the pavement," said Lt. Kevin Hamilton, a spokesman for the Fullerton Police Department.
November 25, 2005 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
The release of millions of gallons of toxic liquid into a major city's water supply, China's biggest environmental accident in years, is shaping up as a wake-up call for a society that has made huge sacrifices for economic development. On Thursday, the government defended its handling of the mid-November factory explosion that dumped 100 tons of benzene and other chemicals into northeastern China's Songhua River.
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