Tag: Accidents and Safety

An Illegal Gas Line, a Deadly Explosion and Now Guilty Verdicts

In a Manhattan neighborhood filled with shops, restaurants and luxury housing, Maria Hrynenko saw an opportunity to expand her family’s real estate empire. But, prosecutors said, she cut corners to do so and the consequences proved deadly: In March 2015, a gas explosion leveled half of an East Village block, killing two young men at […]

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Juul Knowingly Sold Tainted Nicotine Pods, Former Executive Says

A former top executive of Juul is alleging that the e-cigarette giant sold at least one million contaminated mint-flavored nicotine pods — and refused to recall them when told about the problem. In a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday, Siddharth Breja, who was senior […]

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Explosion at Gender Reveal Party Kills Woman, Officials Say

A woman in Iowa died during a gender reveal announcement on Saturday after flying debris from an explosion from what amounted to a homemade pipe bomb struck her, the authorities said on Monday. The woman, Pamela Kreimeyer, 56, died instantly after she was struck in the head by a piece of metal from a device […]

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Flawed Design, Lax Oversight Led to ‘Astounding’ Miami Bridge Collapse

MIAMI — The pedestrian bridge that collapsed over a busy Miami street last year, killing six people, was doomed by a fatal design flaw, federal authorities concluded in a scathing review on Tuesday. The errors led to unusually severe cracking in the concrete that should have worried engineers and prompted the closure of the roadway […]

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Explosives Fail to Take Down Crane at Site of Collapsed Hard Rock Hotel

The demolition of two construction cranes that were in danger of falling didn’t go exactly as planned on Sunday at the site of a building collapse in New Orleans: One was left dangling high above a city street. Demolition crews used explosives to try to safely take down the cranes, which were each more than […]

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Cruise Line Bans Woman Who Climbed on Balcony Railing for Selfie

A photograph taken this week on a Caribbean cruise ship quickly gained widespread attention but it wasn’t of a pink-sand beach, a zip-lining adventure or an onboard skydiving simulator. It was of a woman standing on a balcony railing of her stateroom on one of the world’s largest cruise ships — posing for a selfie. […]

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As Tropical Storm Nestor Forms, New Orleans to Use Explosives to Topple 2 Cranes

Emergency crews in New Orleans on Friday were preparing to demolish two cranes that are teetering over a partially collapsed hotel project near the French Quarter, with fears that high winds from Tropical Storm Nestor could topple the cranes onto critical infrastructure and historic buildings. To prepare for the emergency demolition, which is scheduled for […]

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Read the Boeing Pilot Messages From 2016: ‘The Plane Is Trimming Itself Like Craxy’

A top Boeing pilot working on the 737 Max said in messages from 2016 that a new automated system known as MCAS was making the plane difficult to control in flight simulators. The messages suggest that Boeing officials working on the development of the best-selling jet knew of potential issues with the automated system years […]

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‘This Did Not Go Well’: Inside PG&E’s Blackout Control Room

SAN FRANCISCO — It was a problem that California had come to dread. Weather models were signaling extreme winds and dry conditions from one end of the state to the other. The risk of wildfires was high. Pacific Gas & Electric, the giant utility whose power lines and transformers have been blamed for a series […]

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Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans Collapses Amid Construction

Parts of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans collapsed Saturday morning, drawing a response from firefighters and other emergency workers, a witness said. Construction workers had to run to safety as a portion of the hotel came tumbling down, according to WWL-TV. The upper floors began to crumble on top of one […]

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Video Shows Deer Crashing Through Window of Salon

When Jenisse Heredia, a hair stylist, first heard the sound of breaking glass at her Long Island salon on Saturday afternoon, she thought a car had struck the building. But when she looked up from working on a client’s hair, she saw something even stranger: A massive deer was sliding across the floor toward her. […]

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Explosion in Farmington, Maine, Kills Firefighter and Injures 6 Others

An explosion on Monday morning killed one firefighter and injured six other people at an office building for an organization that serves people with disabilities in Farmington, Me., about 70 miles west of Bangor, a town official said. The official, Scott Landry, a selectman in Farmington, said the building housed staff members for the organization, […]

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A French Worker Died After Sex on a Business Trip. His Company Is Liable.

LONDON — A court in France has ruled that a man who died from a heart attack after having sex during a business trip had suffered a work-related accident and that his employer was liable. The man, who was identified in court documents only as Xavier, traveled in 2013 to the Loiret region in central […]

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The Law Was Aimed at Deadly Machinery. It Hit Her Washer.

When Jean Harrow got a ticket in 2016 for unauthorized renovations to her Queens home, she thought it was a misunderstanding. Yes, she had put a powder room in her basement without realizing she needed a permit. But surely, she said, she wasn’t responsible for the washer and dryer a previous owner had installed downstairs […]

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Hiker Killed in 500-Foot Fall While Climbing Half Dome at Yosemite

The thrill of trying to reach the top of Half Dome at Yosemite National Park turned fatal on Thursday for a hiker who fell 500 feet from the famed rock face as she was scaling the steepest part of the trail, the authorities said. The hiker, Danielle Burnett, 29, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., was […]

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An Off-Road Thrill That Can End in Flames

For almost two years, James Bingham’s off-road vehicle had provided endless fun on camping and hunting trips in Idaho. The vehicle, a four-seat Polaris RZR, could zip across the sand hills at up to 80 miles an hour. He expected the same kind of thrill on a weekend outing with friends in May. But minutes […]

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Jessi Combs, TV Host and Driver, Dies in Attempt at Land Speed Record

Jessi Combs, a television host and professional racer, died on Tuesday in Oregon while trying to set a world land speed record. Ms. Combs’s death was confirmed in a statement by the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the scene of the crash in the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon on Tuesday afternoon. The […]

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7 Relatives Worked at a Construction Site. Then Came a Deadly Collapse.

When José Quizhi heard the news about a building collapse in the Bronx on Tuesday, he quickly made his way to the scene from New Jersey. Mr. Quizhi, an Ecuadorean immigrant whose seven relatives were working at the job site, said he feared the worst. While Mr. Quizhi’s brother walked away unscathed, another family member, […]

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Russia Identifies 4 Radioactive Isotopes From Nuclear Accident

MOSCOW — A Russian state weather agency named for the first time on Monday four specific radioactive particles released by an explosion at a military testing site earlier this month that left at least seven people dead and has remained shrouded in secrecy weeks after the incident. The Russian meteorological agency identified them as isotopes […]

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