Tag: Accidents and Safety

‘I Thought I Would Die’: Inside Myanmar’s Risky Pursuit of Jade

MANDALAY, Myanmar — An ominous rumbling was the only warning the young jade miner had that something was wrong. Within seconds he was running, but before he could take even a few steps he was swept away by a huge wave of mud and water. Tumbling underwater, he managed to reach the surface, swimming for […]

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3-Story Building in Brooklyn That Housed Gym Suddenly Collapses

A three-story building in Brooklyn suddenly collapsed on Wednesday afternoon, sending debris hurling onto surrounding sidewalks and terrifying passers-by. Firefighters were combing through the wreckage of the building, which housed the Body Elite Gym at the corner of Court and Union Streets, but the Fire Department said that no one had been injured. The gym […]

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Live Mexico Earthquake News Updates

ImagePeople gathering in the street in Mexico City after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake was registered on Tuesday.Credit…Claudio Cruz/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The powerful quake, centered near the Pacific coast in Oaxaca, was felt hundreds of miles away. A strong earthquake shook southern Mexico on Tuesday, causing buildings in Mexico City — more than 300 […]

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Powerful Earthquake Jolts Southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY — A strong earthquake shook southern Mexico on Tuesday, causing buildings in Mexico City — more than 300 miles away — to sway and prompting residents to flee their homes and offices and seek safety on the streets under open sky. The earthquake’s magnitude was 7.5, according to Mexico’s national seismological service, and […]

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PG&E Ordered to Pay $3.5 Million Fine for Causing Deadly Fire

A California judge ordered Pacific Gas & Electric on Thursday to pay a $3.5 million fine for causing the Camp Fire, the blaze that killed scores of people and destroyed the town of Paradise in 2018. Judge Michael R. Deems of Butte County Superior Court read the sentence after hearing statements from survivors of the […]

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Fire Destroys Warehouse at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

About 150 firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that destroyed a quarter of the structures on Pier 45 in San Francisco early on Saturday morning, the authorities said. One firefighter had a severe cut to an arm, Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said at a news conference. He said the firefighter was […]

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‘Way Too Late’: Inside Amazon’s Biggest Outbreak

Therese Kelly arrived for her shift at an Amazon warehouse on March 27 to find her co-workers standing clustered in the cavernous space. They were awaiting a buildingwide announcement, a rarity at the complex known as AVP1. Over a loudspeaker, a manager told them what they had feared: For the first time, an employee had […]

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‘Way Too Late’: Inside Amazon’s Biggest Outbreak

Therese Kelly arrived for her shift at an Amazon warehouse on March 27 to find her co-workers standing clustered in the cavernous space. They were awaiting a buildingwide announcement, a rarity at the complex known as AVP1. Over a loudspeaker, a manager told them what they had feared: For the first time, an employee had […]

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Coronavirus Is No Reason to Shield Businesses From Liability

There’s a tension at the heart of all of the plans to reopen the country in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: The economy needs Americans to get back to work, but workplaces need employees and customers to feel that coming back won’t endanger their health or their lives. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, […]

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Amazon’s Showdown in France Tests Its Ability to Sidestep Labor

PARIS — Workers at Amazon’s six mammoth French warehouses won some concessions from the company in late March: After hundreds of employees threatened to walk out unless the company better protected them from the coronavirus, the internet giant strengthened social distancing measures, provided masks and hand sanitizer and took employee temperatures. But that was not […]

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As India Reopens, Deadly Accidents Break Out

NEW DELHI — Sixteen migrant workers were crushed to death by a freight train in central India on Friday as they were traveling home, the latest casualties connected to India’s coronavirus lockdown and efforts to reopen the economy. Just the day before, a disaster at a plastics factory that was reopening after a lockdown killed […]

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Gas Leak in India at LG Factory Sickens Hundreds

An apparent gas leak at a chemical factory owned by the South Korean company LG Corp. in eastern India made at least 1,000 people sick early Thursday, according to local media reports. Video footage showed dozens of men and women lying unconscious in the street. At least three people were reported dead, with dozens more […]

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An Amazon Vice President Quit Over Firings of Employees Who Protested

A prominent engineer and vice president of Amazon’s cloud computing arm said on Monday that he had quit “in dismay” over the recent firings of workers who had raised questions about workplace safety during the coronavirus pandemic. Tim Bray, an engineer who had been a vice president of Amazon Web Services, wrote in a blog […]

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Houston Police Helicopter Crash Kills 1 Officer and Injures Another

A Houston police officer was killed and another critically injured after their helicopter crashed early Saturday morning as they were responding to a report of bodies in a bayou, the city’s police chief said. The helicopter narrowly missed an apartment building, crashing around 2 a.m. in the complex between a pool house and a palm […]

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Antarctica vs. Science

At the start of January, the same month the world marked the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, scientists on snowmobiles were zipping across its diamantine ice, dragging a rig of metal detectors in their wake. Researchers were hoping to discover a hypothesized cache of iron-rich meteorites, the remnants of ancient asteroids and would-be […]

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‘We Are Not Learning Lessons’: South Korea Mourns an Avoidable Disaster

SEOUL, South Korea — Seventy-eight workers, from nine different subcontractors, were busy Wednesday laying tiles and installing cargo elevators to meet a June deadline for completing a four-story cold-storage warehouse. Another crew was coating underground walls with polyurethane foam — a cheap but efficient insulator that can easily catch fire and then emit extremely toxic […]

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The Coronavirus Killed Two of My Colleagues in a Meatpacking Plant

SOUDERTON, Pa. — On a normal day, work at a meatpacking plant is not easy. The slaughterhouse is boiling hot. People who aren’t used to the temperature can feel as if they are experiencing high blood pressure. The freezer is super cold and will amplify any flulike symptoms. Workers wear as many layers as they […]

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Fire at Construction Site Kills 36 in South Korea, With More Feared Dead

SEOUL, South Korea — A blaze at a construction site southeast of Seoul killed 36 people on Wednesday in one of the deadliest fires to hit South Korea in recent years, police officers and local news reports said. With emergency workers still looking for four more people who may remain trapped inside a building filled […]

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Coronavirus and the Price of Trump’s Delusions

In an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that a second wave of coronavirus infections this coming winter “will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” because it will coincide with flu season. He also called […]

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Chipotle to Pay $25 Million Fine for Tainted Food

Chipotle Mexican Grill on Tuesday agreed to pay $25 million to resolve criminal charges accusing the fast food company of serving tainted food from 2015 to 2018, sickening over 1,100 people in the United States, federal prosecutors said. Chipotle, which is based in Newport Beach, Calif., was charged with two counts of violating the Federal […]

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6 Killed in House Fire in Rural Indiana, Officials Say

Six people were left dead in a fire that destroyed a family home in rural Indiana early Saturday morning, officials said. Investigators have not yet positively identified the victims of the fatal blaze, Sgt. Stephen Wheeles of the Indiana State Police said on Twitter. The fire was reported at 3:40 a.m. and may have started […]

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PG&E Will Plead Guilty to Manslaughter in Camp Fire

ImageThe Camp Fire burning along a ridge in Northern California in 2018.Credit…Noah Berger/Associated Press Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s largest utility, said Monday that it had agreed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest wildfire. California regulators determined last year that PG&E’s equipment caused the fire, which […]

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They Clean the Buildings Workers Are Fleeing. But Who’s Protecting Them?

SAN FRANCISCO — The rumor unsettled Deborah Santamaria. A fellow janitor at 555 California Street, a 52-story office tower in San Francisco’s financial district, told her he heard that a floor of the building was being closed because a worker had contracted the novel coronavirus. At 63, Ms. Santamaria counted herself among those most vulnerable […]

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Luxury’s Hidden Indian Supply Chain

MUMBAI, India — At the top of a staircase covered in dirt and sequins, several dozen Indian artisans hunched over yards of fabric, using needles to embroider garments for the world’s most powerful fashion brands. They sewed without health benefits in a multiroom factory with caged windows and no emergency exit, where they earned a […]

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After Deadly Jam on Everest, Nepal Delays New Safety Rules

NEW DELHI — The images shocked and angered the world: hundreds of climbers trapped near Mount Everest’s summit, hooked to a single safety line on a ridge with a several-thousand-foot drop, their oxygen cylinders emptying until a few people died from exposure. The traffic jam during last spring’s climbing season, one of the deadliest on […]

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After Factory Disaster, Bangladesh Made Big Safety Strides. Are the Bad Days Coming Back?

As she walked to her job as a garment worker, Rima Khatun was passing the Natural Sweater Village on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, when a boiler exploded inside. A wall of the two-story factory crashed onto a nearby sidewalk, injuring 10 pedestrians. Hit by falling rubble, Ms. Khatun, 20, was killed instantly. Her death […]

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Massachusetts Gas Company to Plead Guilty After Fatal Explosion

Almost 18 months after a series of explosions in northeastern Massachusetts in 2018, a gas company has agreed to plead guilty to violating federal pipeline safety laws, pay a $53 million fine and sell its business in the state, the authorities said Wednesday. The company, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts — which supplied gas to the […]

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