2017 Accidents

Pine Lake Firefighters Respond To Boiler Explosion (8//16/2017)

An explosion in a boiler at a Moen’s Chain resort near Rhinelander caused no injuries Tuesday night.

Pine Lake Fire Chief Brian Gehrig says they were called about 8 p.m. to the Pine Valley Lodge on Lake Shore Drive…

Gehrig says there was no fire. What was thought to be smoke, Gehrig says, was a plume of steam from the boiler malfunction.

2 Killed in Power Plant Explosion Near Tampa, Florida (6/30/2017)

The Big Bend Power Plant in Apollo Beach, Fla., south of Tampa, where two people were killed in an explosion on Thursday. Four other workers were critically injured. Credit Luis Santana/Tampa Bay Times

Two people were killed and four others were critically injured on Thursday afternoon in a reported explosion at a large coal power plant near Tampa, Fla., the authorities said.

Emergency workers responded around 4:20 p.m. to the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach and found six people with severe burns at Unit 2, one of its four coal-fired units. Two people were declared dead at the scene, and the four others were taken to Tampa General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, the authorities said.

The workers, who included one plant employee and five contractors, suffered burns and other injuries, said Corey Dierdorff, a spokesman for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. “They would be categorized as very severe,” Mr. Dierdorff said at a news conference.

A spokeswoman at Tampa General Hospital said Thursday night that it would not immediately release the conditions of the four patients. Two people were taken there by air ambulance and the other two by ground.

 

Cherie Jacobs, a spokeswoman at Tampa Electric, which operates the Big Bend Power Plant, on Thursday. She said the accident occurred during “routine maintenance.” Credit Luis Santana/Tampa Bay Times

Officials with the Big Bend plant, which is operated by Tampa Electric, said the episode occurred while workers were conducting “routine maintenance” on a slag tank at the bottom of Unit 2’s boiler. The tank collects coal slag, a glass-like waste product formed after the remains of burned coal are mixed with cold water. It is sold and reused as an abrasive in products like sandpaper.

The two workers who died at the plant were covered in slag, which can reach temperatures far above 1,000 degrees, the authorities said.

“We are looking into what happened,” Cherie Jacobs, a Tampa Electric spokeswoman, said in an interview. “There are few details.”

Mr. Dierdorff said about 7 p.m. that the situation was under control and that all other workers had been accounted for. Unit 2 was shut down after the accident.

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The Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach, Fla., just south of Tampa, in 2010. Credit Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency that investigates workplace accidents, did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment on Thursday night.

The agency levied a $25,200 fine in 1999 against Tampa Electric, which is a division of TECO Energy, for serious safety violations at the Gannon Power Station, another plant in Hillsborough County that now operates under a new name. The safety violations led to an explosion that killed three people and injured dozens more. In 2000, the company paid a $7,000 fine by O.S.H.A. in connection to an electrocution and $3,375 for violations related to the housekeeping of coal at Big Bend Power Station.

The Big Bend Power Station sits on about 1,500 acres off a road by the same name on a swath of waterfront land in Hillsborough County, about 15 miles southeast of downtown Tampa. It is among the largest plants in Florida, producing more than 1,700 megawatts of electricity.

The first of its four coal-fired units began service in 1970, according to the company. The second unit, where the accident occurred, went online in 1973. A natural gas and “fuel oil-fired peaking unit” was added eight years ago.

 

One dead, 18 injured in Copelit Afrique boiler explosion  (5/31/2017)

The incident occurred after Oumer Gueye, Minister of Fisheries, Senegal, filed an injunction on Thursday May 25, to close production at the plant and cease all exports after a health and safety inspection.

He claims Copelit Africa failed to comply with the injunction and two days later the accident occurred.

The explosion happened at 0700, on Saturday, May 27, a day after local residents staged a protest in opposition to factory, its pollution and impact on the surrounding environment.

The factory manufactures fishmeal and fish oil for export.

 

2 workers killed in factory blast in Kushtia (4/24/2017)

Two workers were killed and six others injured in a boiler explosion at a factory of BRB Group in Kushtia today.

Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately, reports our local correspondent quoting Sahabuddin Choudhury, officer-in-charge of Kushtia Model Police Station.

The OC quoted witnesses to say, at least 30 workers were inside when a boiler exploded around 12:00noon. The two workers died on the spot and the factory caught fire.

Firefighters brought the flames under control immediately after the incident, said Lyiakat Ali, assistant director of Kushtia Fire Service and Civil Defence.

The incident took place on the day that heralds the fourth anniversary of Rana Plaza collapse, the biggest industrial disaster that killed over 1,130 workers back in 2013.

Last week, 13 people were killed following a boiler explosion at a rice mill in Dinajpur sadar upazila on April 19.

1 dead, 28 injured from rice mill boiler explosion in Dinajpur (4/20/2017)

An explosion at Jamuna Auto Rice Mill in Gopalganj, Dinajpur around 11am on Wednesday left one worker dead and 28 injured.

“The explosion occurred because a rice boiler overheated. Most of the workers present at the mill at the time were injured,” said a police source.

According to police, the deceased was Anjali, a 40-year-old.

After the accident, the locals informed the local fire service who rescued the injured and rushed them to Dinajpur Medical College Hospital.

Dr Sarwar Jahan said most of the injured had severe injuries and 10 were in critical condition. Eight of the injured have been transferred to Rangpur Medical College Hospital for advanced treatment.

Dinajpur Kotwali police station Officer-in-Charge Redwanur Rahim said an investigation was underway and added that the owner of the rice mill was absconding.

Two dead, 4 injured in steam boiler explosion at Cambodia factory (4/8/2017)

PHNOM PENH, April 8 (Xinhua) — Two people were killed and four others injured after a steam generator at a garment factory exploded on Saturday in southwestern Phnom Penh, a local police officer said.

Hem Pheary, deputy police chief of Stung Meanchey commune, said the incident occurred at 11:50 a.m. local time when the workers took a lunch break.

“One security guard and one cleaner were killed and four other workers got wounded in the explosion,” he told Xinhua.

An investigation is underway to find out the cause of the blast as the factory’s owner was detained for questioning, he said.

“We are investigating the cause of the explosion, but it might be caused by the intense heat of the steam generator,” he said.

It was the second incident in a fortnight. On March 22, a steam boiler at a garment factory in western Phnom Penh exploded, leaving one woman dead and seven others injured.

 

St Louis Boiler Explosion Update  (4/9/2017)

A fourth person has died from injuries suffered when a boiler exploded at a St. Louis business, the St. Louis medical examiner’s office said Thursday.

Clifford Lee, 53, of St. Louis, died Wednesday at St. Louis University Hospital, the medical examiner said.

A three-person investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has joined the investigation. CSB Chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland said in a news release the CSB investigators will be examining “what, if any, safeguards were in place to protect the workers at the Loy-Lange Box Company, as well as for those in the adjoining building.”

Boiler Explosion & Flying Debris Kill 3  (4/3/2017)

Three people were killed and four others injured Monday when an explosion sent a massive boiler crashing through the roof a St. Louis box company and slammed much of it down hundreds of feet away in a neighboring laundry business.

One person died in the blast about 8am at the Loy-Lange Box Co. and two more were killed when a large piece of the van-sized boiler crashed into the Faultless Healthcare Linen building, Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said.

Investigators were trying to pinpoint what caused the boiler to blow up at the building in a largely industrial area of south St. Louis, Jenkerson said.

Two of four survivors are critically injured, including a linen company worker who was found pinned beneath the boiler, which Jenkerson said was roughly 4 feet in diameter and 10 feet long, and weighed about a ton-and-a-half.

He said the boiler was still hot when rescuers arrived and that it had traveled up to 500 feet.

None of the victims’ names have been released as of early Monday afternoon.

A third building was damaged when a piece of pipe – about 8 feet long – linked to the blast smashed through its roof, Jenkerson said.

While at least initially believing the explosion was accidental, Jenkerson said investigators will seek out and review the boiler’s inspection and maintenance records.

It was not immediately clear if anyone was working on the boiler at the time of the deadly incident.

Loy-Lange Box Co is described on its website as a ‘full-service corrugator and custom box manufacturer.’

Investigators from the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration were working on the scene.

OSHA spokesman Scott Allen said the agency’s records show that Loy-Lange has paid fines for workplace violations three times since 2014.

The company paid a $3,741 fine after an August 2016 inspection found holes in floors that prevented proper cleaning.

An inspection in November 2014 found defective equipment, including a forklift without lights and damage to some safety latches. The company paid $6,566.

And in February 2014, the company paid $2,450 for defective energy control procedures, such as not properly training employees to ensure machinery was turned off and powered down.

UPDATE – One killed, five hurt in boiler explosion (4/1/2017)

One killed, five hurt in boiler explosion

A person was killed while five others were injured as a boiler exploded at a rice mill in Khoarer Mor of Gomostapur upazila in Chapainawabganj yesterday.

Zafor Ali, 30, of Nilphamari, a worker of the Nazrul Auto Rice Mill, died from burn injuries at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital. His co-workers Md Rasel, 27, of Gomostapur upazila, and Saddam, 22, who also suffered burns are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Pedestrians Rina, 50, Jesmin, 50, and Aziron, 45, were injured by the stray parts of the exploded boiler. They are undergoing treatment at the upazila health complex.

The boiler might have exploded due to having less water in it, said police. Fire fighters from Rohonpur Station doused the fire.

 

At least 3 people hospitalized after water boiler explodes, destroying Petersburg business  (3/31/2017)

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) –At least three people were taken to the hospital Friday afternoon after a water boiler exploded, causing serious damage to a business in Petersburg.

Little is known at this time about the condition of the victims, but Captain Braswell with Petersburg Police said that none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

8News spoke with representatives from the Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services company who own the building. They confirmed that the explosion was caused by a water boiler and said that it destroyed an exterior wall.

They also said that there is no current public health hazard as a result of the explosion.

 

Six suffer burns in boiler blast  (3/31/2017)

Six people, including three women, sustained burn injures in a boiler explosion at a rice mill in Khoarmore area of Gomostapur upazila on Friday morning.

Saiful Islam, in-charge of Gomostapur upazila fire station, said the boiler of Nazrul Auto Rice Mill went off with a big bang around 6.30am, leaving Zafar Ali, Rasel Ali, and Saddam Ali, workers of the rice mill, injured.

At one stage, the wreckage of the blast fell on a house, leaving Aziran Begum, Rina Begum, and Jesmine Begum injured.

The injured were admitted to Gomostapur Upazila Health Complex from where Zafar and Rasel were referred to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated; according to UNB.

Boiler explosion burns couple & damages Pocatello church (3/21/2017)

 

The Pocatello Fire Department has determined a fire in the boiler room of the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 309 North Garfield at 2:15 p..m. Tuesday was being fed by natural gas.
Firefighters turned off the natural gas line and extinguished the fire. The fire was blamed on construction work being done around the line.
Damage was estimated at $25,000.
Pocatello firefighters encouraged people to obtain appropriate permits and utilize a lock-out/tag-out system when working on electrical, natural gas or other potentially dangerous services or appliances.  They said the city Building Department and appropriate utilities can help guide residents through any remodeling work.
The two people injured in the fire have not been publicly identified and their medical condition is unknown.

 

Wappingers Falls Boiler Explosion Injures One (2/24/2017)

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. — East Fishkill firefighters responded to a home around 8:45 a.m. Friday following a boiler explosion that caused major damage to the home, and injured one person, fire officials said.

The explosion at 8 Treeline Drive caused a flash fire, but did not erupt into a full-blown fire, said East Fishkill Fire Chief Kevin Geysen.

“The residents will not be able to return to the home until repairs are made due to the amount of damage,” Geysen said.

The injured person was transported to a local hospital for non-threatening injuries, he added.

 

1 man dies in boiler explosion in Massachusetts home (February 15, 2017)

REVERE, Mass. (AP) Authorities say a boiler explosion in the basement of a suburban Boston home has killed a man.

The Massachusetts fire marshal’s office says the victim had gone to check on the boiler in the Revere home at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when it exploded.

The blast blew out the basement windows.

The man’s brother tells WBZ-AM that the home’s heating system had been malfunctioning for several days and the victim was trying to fix it. Officials have not released the man’s name.

Fire officials say the explosion was caused by over-pressurization. Nine other people escaped unharmed but have been displaced from the building.

 

Boiler explosion damages condo (February 9, 2017)

KUALA LUMPUR: An explosion from a hot water boiler caused extensive damage at a condominium at Jalan Bukit Kiara in Mont Kiara here today.

No one was injured in the incident that occurred at the 11th floor of the condominium.

Fire and rescue department sources said firefighters from the Sri Hartamas and Hang Tuah stations arrived at the scene 10 minutes after receiving the distress call that came shortly after 9am today.

“The explosion of the water boiler in the bathroom caused huge damage to the walls of the condominium unit,” said the source.

“Our first course of action was to bring the tenants to safety,” added the source.

“We also shut off the main switchboard to cut off power supply and the valve connecting to the gas pipe,” he said.

Operations ceased at noon and a report of the incident has been sent to the Energy Commission.

The cause of the explosion and the losses incurred as a result of the incident are still being determined.

 

Boiler Explodes At Chemical Plant In China, Two Injured

(February 8, 2017)

Two people were injured in a boiler explosion at a chemical plant in Tongling city of east China’s Anhui Province.

The two suffered minor cuts from glass fragments and were sent to hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred last night in a suburb area, Tongling’s fire department, said. The fire has been brought under control.

Video footage on microblog Sina Weibo showed huge fire and heavy smoke billowing into the sky.

Preliminary investigation showed that the explosion caused by fuel oil burning and no dangerous chemical products were involved, state run Xinhua news agency quoted Zou He, director of the public security bureau of Tongling as saying.

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Reports of explosion at Packaging Corporation of America, 3 Dead (February 8, 2017)

BEAUREGARD PARISH, LA (KPLC) – Three men are dead following an explosion at Packaging Corporation of America, officials have confirmed.

Six of seven people injured in the accident have been released from the hospital. One person was unaccounted for, but has been found.

All three men who died were contractors who were working in the pulp mill area, according to a statement released by PCA.

At approximately 11:10 am CST, Wednesday, February 8th, there was an explosion at our DeRidder, LA paper mill. The incident involved annual repair work being performed on piping in the pulp mill area and resulted in three contractor fatalities. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of the people working on our site. The top priorities at this time are the notification of families of the deceased contractors and investigation of the incident with authorities.

At the time of the incident, the D1 machine was down for its annual outage and the D3 machine was running and continues to operate. The current assessment indicates that the annual outage work is expected to be delayed by up to one week and the mill will then resume full operation. Further information will be provided, as appropriate, when it becomes available.

Welding activity was taking place in the vicinity of the tank that exploded, said Sgt. James Anderson, state police Troop D spokesman. The tank contained “foul condensate, which is a by-product of the cooking process.” Authorities are still investigating to see what other chemicals were in the tank.

Anderson called the blast a “strong explosion.”

Seven people were injured in the explosion – one with moderate injuries and six with minor injuries.

Three were transported to Beauregard Memorial Hospital, two to Lake Charles Memorial and two to Rapides Regional Medical Center. One person remains hospitalized at Rapides.

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office received the call at 11:10 a.m., according to Chief Deputy Joe Toler. Toler said every available emergency responder in the area is on the scene.

The area has been contained and there is no fire, Toler said.

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Aberdeen Residents Rescued after boiler explosion (2/3/2017)

Residents were rescued and dozens of homes are without electricity today after a boiler explosion is believed to have sparked a fire.

SS. Colman-John Neuman school in Haverford closed after boiler explosion (1/30/2017)

Information from Daily Times News by Pete Bannan

HAVERFORD >> Officials are investigating an explosion that damaged SS. Colman-John Neuman school in the township Monday morning. Oakmont Fire Company was dispatched to the school at 5:35 a.m. for a fire alarm. Crews arrived to find the boiler exploded. Township codes officials said there was a crack in the wall and damage to the windows.

No injuries were reported, the school was closed Monday as a result of the blast. Early indications are the school could be closed until later in the week.

PECO crews were on location investigating the cause of the explosion.

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