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December 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two men doing maintenance work on the shovel of a large excavator were killed when the shovel's lid fell and crushed them at an open-pit copper mine near the east-central city of Ely. The owner of the Robinson Mine, Quadra Mining Ltd., and the workers' employer, Washington Group International, released no other details. The victims' names were not released. The accident is under investigation by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.
November 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
MARYLAND A six-story parking garage under construction at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda partially collapsed, killing a construction worker, authorities said. Dogs and cranes had to be used to search for the victim, who was found on the fourth floor, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. Part of the top two floors garage collapsed about 9 a.m. The cause remained under investigation, but officials at the Institutes said they believe a beam slipped.
October 23, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Merced County district attorney's office announced it will not prosecute the employers of a Patterson man who died after he was overcome by fumes from a manure pit. There's not enough evidence to win a conviction, and a similar case recently resulted in the acquittal of the employer, said Dist. Atty. Gordon Spencer. Sergio Ortiz died Aug. 27, 2002, while he was trying to install a gate inside a dairy pipe used to carry manure away from a barn.
August 12, 2004 | From Associated Press
Walt Disney Entertainment has been fined $6,300 for the death of a worker dressed as Pluto who was run over and killed by a float as it entered a Magic Kingdom parade, officials said. Javier Cruz, 38, died after his right foot became caught between the second and third sections of a three-part float. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration categorized the citation "serious" because employees were exposed to the hazard of being struck by motorized vehicles.
July 31, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Scaffolding collapsed at an apartment construction site in Nashville, killing one worker and trapping another while others jumped off the five-story structure, officials said. Five other workers also were injured, two seriously. The trapped worker, who was critically injured, was pinned under the metal scaffolding for about an hour before rescue crews could free him. One witness said workers were apparently trying to dismantle the scaffolding.
April 17, 2004 | From Associated Press
Leaking chlorine gas exploded at a chemical plant in southern China, killing nine people and forcing 150,000 to flee their homes, the government said today. The explosions occurred Friday evening at the Tianyuan Chemical Industry Plant in the city of Chongqing, according to the official New China News Agency. At least seven containers of liquefied chlorine were leaking fumes, which could be smelled 1,000 feet away, the report said. It was not immediately clear what triggered the explosions.
March 18, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
The hissing began about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday in a Huntington Beach neighborhood near the ocean, an area where oil wells have operated for decades. Many residents thought it was a routine release of steam from the nearby AES power plant. But when the pungent odor of tar seeped into their homes, they knew something was wrong. "I looked out my bedroom window and it was raining oil," said Nancy Buchoz, 39, a 10-year resident. "There was a 40-foot geyser ... in the air."
February 17, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A construction worker died Monday morning after falling 15 feet when scaffolding gave way on a commercial building, fire officials said. The accident happened at 10:20 a.m. in the 1300 block of East 17th Street, near Grand Avenue, when Alejandro Rosales, 44, leaned back against scaffolding and fell from the second floor, said Santa Ana Fire Chief Donald Mahany. Rosales, who lived in Westminster, died at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana, Mahany said.
January 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
An explosion in a tank of liquefied natural gas ripped through an Algerian refinery, killing at least 13 workers and injuring 74, officials said. The blast at state-run Sonatrach's refinery touched off a major fire that raged into the night in Skikda, a port on the gas-rich nation's eastern Mediterranean coast. The blast was believed to be accidental.
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