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February 2, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
One longshoreman was killed and another injured in separate incidents Tuesday at the Port of Los Angeles, officials said. Matt Petrasich, 63, of Rancho Palos Verdes was killed while supervising a crew unloading a container ship at the port's Evergreen Terminal. A crane operator discovered Petrasich's body on top of a cargo container. The cause of death was not released. Crew foreman Cody Bates suffered leg injuries after being struck by a forklift at another terminal, officials said.
January 27, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A piece of a giant metal frame that once held shipbuilding cranes collapsed onto a building at a former shipyard in Braintree, killing two workers and injuring four others, two seriously, authorities said. One man was killed when the building collapsed on top of the vehicle he was sitting in. Search dogs found the body of the second man later in the rubble. Shipyard owner Dan Quirk said the massive structure was in the process of being dismantled when it gave way.
January 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of people evacuated because of a magnesium fire at a recycling plant in Anderson were allowed to return home, but the blaze could take days to burn itself out, fire officials said. The toxic fire erupted at the Advanced Magnesium Alloys Corp. plant Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported, though firefighters did have to flee the interior of the plant after a series of explosions. U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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