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June 2013 Archives

Pennsylvania mine collapse injures two miners

On Monday, June 24, a coal mine in Kittanning partially collapsed, injuring two miners who were working in the affected tunnel. Shortly after 6:00 p.m., the two injured miners were brought out of the Tracy Lynne mine, which is approximately 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. It had taken rescue workers about one hour from the start of their rescue efforts to successfully bring the two men back up to the surface.

Chemical plant explosion claims a second life

As safety advocates and others from Pennsylvania and around the U.S. watch in the aftermath of the West, Texas explosion, additional workplace accidents are making the headlines. After one person died following a dangerous chemical explosion in Louisiana on June 13, a second person also succumbed to his injuries from the workplace accident. Six other injured workers were still in a medical facility receiving treatment. However, about 100 people were treated on site.

Crane operator turns self in after Philadelphia building collapse

A crane operator suspected of being under the influence during a Philadelphia building collapse that killed six people has surrendered himself into police custody. The Philadelphia building was scheduled for demolition but the something went wrong during the process and the building collapsed on a thrift store on June 5, killing two employees and four customers. The 42-year-old crane operator is believed by police to have been high on marijuana at the time of the collapse based on a toxicology report.

Biomass energy creates hazards for workers

While many of the concerns over industrial biomass energy have focused on emissions, explosion and fire continue to cause death and injury as well. In the past 30 years, there have been three deaths and several incidents of workplace injury at biomass incinerators that were due to fires or explosions. As of 2013, there have been fires, explosions or both at 20 industrial biomass sites as well as 45 wood pellet plants and 20 wood production mills, including one site in Pennsylvania.