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5 LA utility workers hurt in underground vault blast

Aug. 18, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five Los Angeles utility workers were hospitalized following an explosion Thursday in an underground electrical vault, officials said. The blast occurred shortly before 3 p.m. while a crew was working on a circuit inside the vault in the Universal City area,...

Disqualified for disabilities, railroad workers fight back

Aug. 18, 2022 06:15 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After Terrence Hersey had a stroke on the way home from his railroad job in 2015, he underwent months of therapy to learn how to put words together in sentences and learn to walk again. He had to relearn how to get in and out of a car and how to dress himself before his doctors...

Alabama company charged with violations in worker's death

Aug. 15, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama company has been charged with willfully violating federal safety rules in the death of a worker who was pulled into a machine and fatally injured, authorities said Monday. ABC Polymer Industries, which has a plant in the Birmingham suburb of...

NC DOT worker killed while on road duty; man later charged

Aug. 13, 2022 23:28 PM EDT

SIMS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Department of Transportation worker was killed when a vehicle struck her as she directed traffic around a fallen tree, the State Highway Patrol said. A man was later arrested and charged with fleeing the scene. Anna Bradshaw, 60, was struck Friday...

OSHA investigates deaths of Amazon workers in New Jersey

Aug. 11, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

Federal work-safety investigators are looking into the death of an Amazon worker and an injury that potentially led to the death of another employee, adding to a probe already underway following a third fatality during the company's annual Prime Day shopping event in mid-July. All...

Longtime Forest Service employee killed in California blaze

Aug. 08, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

KLAMATH RIVER, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battling the McKinney Fire in Northern California on Monday remembered long-time U.S. Forest Service employee Kathy Shoopman, the first publicly identified victim of the fire. The fire burning west of Yreka has killed four people, and...

Official: Gang kills, burns former Haitian senator, nephew

Aug. 07, 2022 09:45 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A former senator who worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor was killed in an upscale neighborhood near Haiti's capital and his body set on fire along with his nephew, Government Commissioner Jacques Lafontant told The Associated Press on Sunday. ...

Compressor explodes in New Mexico grocery store; 2 injured

Aug. 04, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two employees of an Albuquerque grocery store have been injured after a compressor exploded, authorities said Thursday. City fire officials said two heating, ventilation and air conditioning specialists were working on the store’s HVAC system Thursday...

Journalist, 3 others killed in Mexico; 13th this year

Aug. 03, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A journalist was among four people killed inside a beer shop in central Mexico, the 13th media worker killed in the country this year. San Luis de la Paz Mayor Luis Sánchez said Ernesto Méndez, director of the news site Tu Voz, or Your Voice, was with four...

Heat wave puts Oregon workplace safety rules to the test

Jul. 30, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — New state rules require access to water, shade and breaks on hot days, but workers say they’re still laboring in unsafe conditions. Skyler Fischer is forklift driver at a Fred Meyer distribution center in the town of Clackamas. He’s been working there for...