e-Hazard Blog

by , on February 24, 2012
In September 2008, an inexperienced, unsupervised subcontract crew member was electrocuted as a result of a 227-volt circuit being left live so as to power overhead lights.   When a  co-worker cut through the live wire at the top of the wall, the lights went out, and they all attempted to exit in the dark.   Mr....
by , on February 24, 2012
29 men died in a November explosion at Pike River Mine, with an “unorthodox” electrical system as suspect for causing sparks and triggering the initial explosion.  A pump was switched on in the control room just before the ‘white flash’ explosion occurred, probably acting as a trigger to ignite methane in the mine.  Only 2...
by , on February 24, 2012
Babine Forest Products’ sawmill exploded in a fireball, leveling the plant on the evening of January 20th.   The roof lifted off of the football field-sized building, then came down, crushing the sawmill.  Clothing was partially burned off, hard hats melted onto heads,  workers had burns to backs, arms, and legs, and others were blown out of...
by , on February 24, 2012
On the morning of February 6, a Lenenergo Power Station outside of Petersburg  lit up the night sky with an explosion as a result of a ‘technical fault’. Click here to watch the video and read a brief article dated 2/8/12. Click here to read the report from the Russian news website, Fontanku.ru.
by , on February 24, 2012
Upper Big Branch Coal Mine was site of 2010 explosion in which 29 miners died.  The Massey Energy superintendent faces felony criminal charges for conspiring to impede enforcement efforts by using code phrases to tip off mine operators to pending MHSA inspections checking for health and safety violations.  Last year, the head of security was charged with...
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