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NATIONAL
January 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A magnesium fire at a recycling plant burned out of control in Anderson, spewing wind-driven toxic fumes and forcing the evacuation of several thousand people from their homes. Hundreds of firefighters rushed to the Advanced Magnesium Alloys Corp. plant after the fire erupted, but explosions inside forced firefighters back. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A textile worker was killed early Monday when a pressurized chamber exploded and knocked him to the ground, officials said. Noel Omar Ortiz-Rodriguez, 31, of Lakewood was taken to La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, where he died of head injuries about 5:30 a.m., coroner's officials said. Ortiz-Rodriguez, a worker at Saba Textiles in Buena Park, was opening up the chamber when it exploded, officials said. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating.
NATIONAL
December 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Delta Air Lines worker was struck and killed by a de-icing truck at Boston's Logan Airport. Henry Marshall, 44, was walking on the tarmac around daybreak when he evidently stepped into the path of the truck. The truck was driven by another Delta employee who had worked with the man for several years, said David Procopio, a spokesman for the district attorney's office. No charges were filed.
NATIONAL
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.
WORLD
December 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Twenty years after a cloud of deadly gas savaged this central Indian city, about 1,500 survivors and their supporters marched to the gates of a former Union Carbide plant, demanding justice for those still suffering from the effects of the industrial disaster. "Never again should a Bhopal happen anywhere in the world," activist Balkrishna Namdev told the crowd outside the abandoned plant. "However long it takes, our struggles to get justice will go on."
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
WORLD
August 12, 2004 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Admissions of ignored safety warnings and terrifying accounts of the burst of superheated steam that killed four people at the Mihama plant have put Japan's nuclear power industry on the defensive. The steam that erupted from a corroded pipe Monday was not radioactive -- just hot enough, at about 300 degrees Fahrenheit, to kill. But Kansai Electric Power Co.'
WORLD
August 11, 2004 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
They positioned 13 white crosses on the asphalt in front of the cream-colored Greek parliament and chanted loudly about the deaths of construction workers killed while building the massive infrastructure for the Olympic Games starting here Friday. "The Olympics are built on the blood of the workers!" the protesters cried, as the sun set behind the Acropolis on the horizon. "The Olympic celebrations cannot hide what has happened," declared a union leader, Andreas Zazopoulos.
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