Industrial & Nuclear Accidents
By Kevin Reed, 7 December 2019
The public was not alerted to the existence of the toxic spill potentially affecting Detroit’s drinking water until a report was published this week by a local paper across the river in Windsor, Ontario.
By Jacob Crosse, 30 November 2019
The Port Neches plant, owned by the Houston-based Texas Petroleum Chemical Group, has been out of compliance for years and fined multiple times by the Environmental Protection Agency.
By Bryan Dyne, 24 September 2019
The article is an attempt to whitewash the profit-driven negligence of Boeing and complicity of the industry-dominated Federal Aviation Administration that led to two crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and the deaths of 346 people.
By Mike Ingram, 20 September 2019
A year after a series of explosions left one city and two towns in Massachusetts burning, the impact is still being felt by residents.
By Jessica Goldstein, 19 August 2019
Despite the posturing of local politicians, ArcelorMittal will likely receive no more than a slap on the wrist for its reckless polluting of the environment.
By Andrea Peters, 17 August 2019
The dangers associated with the rapidly accelerating global arms race are clear, even as questions remain over the nature of the nuclear explosion that occurred in Russia’s far north last week.
By Sam Dalton, 12 August 2019
The revelations are an indictment of the local Parisian government of Socialist Party mayor Anne Hidalgo and the national government of Emmanuel Macron.
By Harvey Thompson, 9 August 2019
Whaley Bridge’s population and those in the wider area now live in the shadow of a dam in need of extensive repair, with authorities giving no concrete information as to when work will be completed.
“That dam could have gone in the middle of the night and at least 600 people would have died”
By our reporters, 9 August 2019
Those evacuated from Whaley Bridge and other areas after the nearby dam collapse were sent to Chapel High School in the town and were allowed to return home on Wednesday.
By Robert Campion, 30 July 2019
Claims by authorities to address safety after such industrial accidents have proven to be empty words.
By Tim Rivers, 29 July 2019
Workers at the Saginaw Metal Casting Operations, the site of the fire, have been saddled with a “competitive operating agreement” aimed at undermining working conditions in order to cut costs and drive up GM profits.
By Owen Howell, 6 July 2019
The tragic deaths of factory employees is yet another example of the national government showing its indifference for the working poor.
Miniseries about the 1986 nuclear disaster
By Andrea Peters, 15 June 2019
Director Johan Renck and scriptwriter Craig Mazin capture the reality of the explosion that tore open the facility’s nuclear reactor core and spewed radioactive material over large swathes of the western USSR and Europe.
By Tim Rivers, 12 June 2019
Tom Barth, a noted crane safety expert, told the WSWS that the deadly collapse might have been prevented had appropriate precautions been taken.
By Clara Weiss, 4 June 2019
The blasts at the factory, which produces explosives for the Russian military, shattered windows in hundreds of buildings over a radius of at least 3 kilometers.
By Rafael Azul, 20 May 2019
The death of Joseph Santoyo and severe injury to Pedro Chavarin at the Los Angeles port of San Pedro occurred in the midst of speed-ups and the destruction of working conditions.
By Peter Byrne: SEP candidate for Calwell, 14 May 2019
“Where factories once employed workers who actually made things, they are now rented and filled with toxic waste, then abandoned.”
By Bryan Dyne, 8 May 2019
Aviation journalist Rytis Beresnevičius: “The press release is just Boeing shifting the blame somewhere else. They are defending their greed.”
By Jessica Goldstein, 6 May 2019
The 30,000-square foot plant was located close to residential areas, where witnesses reported power outages and structural and other property damage in nearby buildings.
By Scott Burris and Tim Rivers, 30 April 2019
A huge tower crane at a block of buildings under construction for Google in Seattle collapsed on Saturday, killing four and injuring four others.
“Why did Boeing make it like that? Pure negligence and greed. There is simply no other answer.”
By Bryan Dyne, 20 April 2019
Rytis Beresnevičius has closely followed the two recent Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes and the engineering, executive and regulatory decisions that led to these disasters.
By Mark Witkowski, 18 April 2019
In the space of less than a week three construction workers were killed, as the building boom in the city continues to claim the lives and limbs of workers.
By Jacob Crosse, 11 April 2019
An evacuation order was given only a few minutes before an explosion leveled one building and damaged four others.
By Peter Byrne, 10 April 2019
Every sphere of social life is now subject to corporate profiteering, including the disposal of hazardous waste.
By Barry Grey, 6 April 2019
Muilenberg’s praise for the gutting of government oversight points to the subordination of safety concerns to profit and the transformation of regulatory agencies into rubber stamps for the corporations.
By Rohantha De Silva, 6 April 2019
Hundreds of residents have been killed or injured in recent years by the regularly occurring fires in the city.
By Jessica Goldstein, 6 April 2019
Fleming’s death is the 392nd to occur at the mill, which has operated since 1902.
By Shelley Connor, 4 April 2019
James Mangum was killed and two other workers were critically injured when a storage tank in a Crosby, Texas chemical plant exploded on Tuesday.
By Erik Schreiber, 2 April 2019
The immediate cause of a cargo flight crash near Houston is as yet unknown, but it took place in the context of management’s relentless attacks on workers’ pay and on safety standards.
By Jacob Crosse, 22 March 2019
Residents of Deer Park and Galena Park, east of the Texas city, have been the most affected by the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company.
By Trévon Austin, 20 March 2019
With at least seven tanks still ablaze, officials have categorized the situation as “volatile.”
By Penny Smith, 16 March 2019
CP Rail is lobbying Transport Canada to abandon a new rule it introduced following last month’s derailment, calling it too "time-consuming."
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 22 February 2019
The inferno was fuelled by chemicals stored in the area, despite repeated government promises of crackdowns on building code violations.
By Shannon Jones, 12 February 2019
Daniel Hill died over the weekend after falling into a vat of highly dangerous sulfuric acid while being trained for a new job at Michigan Seamless Tube in South Lyon.
By John Marion, 5 February 2019
In late January, Newport joined the list of cities in New England that have been put at risk or damaged because of dilapidated natural gas infrastructure.
By Gabriel Lemos, 28 January 2019
The population of Brumadinho and all of Brazil reacted with anger and revulsion against this tragedy.
By Andrea Lobo, 23 January 2019
The tragedy is a direct result of the reactionary and militaristic policies of the López Obrador government to accelerate the privatization of the country’s oil.
By Jessica Goldstein, 31 December 2018
The findings of the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and a report on the underreporting of workplace fatalities are a glaring indictment of the capitalist system.
By Penny Smith, 15 December 2018
The industrial tragedy in Leduc is just one among many fatal incidents that occur at worksites across Canada on a daily basis. In 2016, more than 900 workers died on the job.
By John Marion, 28 November 2018
More than 5,000 people are still unable to return to their homes after a series of explosions ripped through the Merrimack Valley in September.
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 November 2018
The United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal have remained silent on the injury of a worker at the largest steel mill in North America.
By Alexander Fangmann, 26 October 2018
The death adds to the growing toll exacted by dangerous working conditions related to the drive by Ford, abetted by the UAW, to increase production and profits.
By John Marion, 15 October 2018
Another incident by a gas utility has been linked to overpressurization of gas lines.
Deadliest US transportation incident since 2009
By Josh Varlin, 10 October 2018
The limo company, owned by a valued FBI agent provocateur, had failed 80 percent of inspections over the last two years, yet remained in business.
One week since gas explosions in Merrimack Valley
By John Marion, 22 September 2018
Governor Baker and Columbia Gas announced Friday that the restoration process may not be complete until November 19, leaving thousands of households and small businesses without gas for heat, hot water and cooking.
By Kate Randall, 15 September 2018
As many as 80 buildings were burned as terrified residents reported either a blaze, an explosion, or the smell of gas.
By Niles Niemuth, 14 August 2018
The victims of the fire that engulfed a house in the early morning hours Saturday include a woman two months pregnant, a family caretaker and a four-year-old boy.
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 August 2018
Bud Taylor, a 63-year-old pipeline worker, was killed in a natural gas pipeline blast in Texas that left six others seriously injured.
By Sandy English, 23 July 2018
The accident is the latest in a series that points to the decay of the physical infrastructure in New York.
By Jacob Crosse, 21 July 2018
Multiple safety warnings were ignored for the sake of ticket sales.
By Jacob Crosse, 17 July 2018
The investigation into last week's explosion in Sun Prairie that killed one firefighter is still “ongoing,” with little information being released to the public.
By Warren Duzak, 15 May 2018
Sixteen construction workers were killed on projects in Nashville between 2016 and 2017 with two more fatalities so far in 2018.
“This is the deadliest plant I’ve ever worked in”
By Jerry White, 9 May 2018
Ford workers at the Flat Rock plant rebelled when management tried to restart production after a horrific accident in the early hours of May 4.
By Tom Hall, 9 May 2018
Last week’s firestorm at the Meridian Magnesium plant in Eaton Rapids exposes the dangerous conditions faced by auto parts workers.
By our reporters, 23 April 2018
The number of industrial accidents across South Asia has grown substantially over recent decades as a result of lax safety practices and super-exploitation.
By Alec Andersen, 19 April 2018
Ultimate responsibility for Tuesday’s incident lies in the subordination of passenger safety to the drive of the airlines for ever greater profits.
By Jeff Lusanne, 5 February 2018
An Amtrak train operating on a CSX railroad was mistakenly sent into the path of a freight train on Sunday, killing the crew and injuring over 100 passengers.
By Jerry White, 24 January 2018
The victims ranged from new floor hands to veteran oil and gas workers.
By W. A. Sunil, 24 January 2018
Women and children were trapped inside the building because illegal constructions blocked their escape.
By Matthew Taylor, 23 January 2018
The explosion occurs only weeks after the Trump administration moved to roll back regulations on off-shore oil drilling implemented in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that killed eleven workers.
By Trévon Austin, 19 December 2017
Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in the accident, which resulted in at least three deaths and scores of injuries.
By Trévon Austin, 6 December 2017
The worker’s death highlights deteriorating safety standards in the oil industry, which have only worsened due to the collaboration of the United Steelworkers union.
By Warren Duzak, 10 November 2017
Tenneco officials told workers they had been exposed to hexavalent chromium and had likely carried the toxic waste home with them.
By Warren Duzak, 4 November 2017
Years in advance of a toxic warehouse blaze that forced mass evacuations and sickened scores of Parkersburg residents, local fire officials had attempted to sound the alarm about the hazards.
By Keisha Gibbs, 29 September 2017
Workers involved in cleaning up the massive coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee, are suing after at least 17 have died and dozens more have been diagnosed with cancer.
By Gary Joad, 3 June 2017
Federal agencies have cited the company for multiple safety and environmental violations as far back as the early 2000s.
By Benjamin Mateus, 14 April 2017
The leakage of wastewater containing the cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium led to beach closures and the shutdown of a drinking water intake.
By J. L’Heureau, 14 February 2017
Lax safety regulations coupled with deteriorating equipment continue to jeopardize the lives of workers in Louisiana.
By Anthony Torres, 10 February 2017
Thursday morning an explosion in the machine shop of the Flamanville nuclear plant started a fire that was only brought under control after midday.
By a WSWS reporting team, 30 December 2016
The rupture of a sewer line in the north Detroit suburb of Fraser forced the evacuation of at least 22 homes over the Christmas weekend.
By Richard Phillips, 26 November 2016
The disaster was the tragic outcome of company demands for “hard work” speed-ups and cuts to basic safety procedures.
By Fred Mazelis, 24 November 2016
Three dozen children from the Woodmore Elementary School in Chattanooga were headed home when their bus crashed into a tree and was nearly sliced in half.
By Alan Whyte, 3 October 2016
The Federal Railroad Administration began an audit of the New Jersey Transit rail system in June, fining it nearly $335,000 for 33 federal regulation safety violations in 2013-2015.
By John Braddock, 15 August 2016
The incident at a coal-fired plant is the most recent of the industrial disasters that kill and maim thousands of workers and residents in China each year.
By George Gallanis, 18 June 2016
The Nestlé Willy Wonka candy manufacturing plant in Itasca, Illinois, was evacuated early Friday morning after a burst pipe leaked out lithium chloride.
By Alan Whyte, 4 April 2016
Two Amtrak workers were killed and 35 passengers injured Sunday in the latest wreck involving the national passenger rail system.
By Ben McGrath, 10 March 2016
As it seeks to reopen the country’s nuclear plants, the government is opposing even the limited charges of negligence in connection with the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
By Stuart Winter, 11 February 2016
Fifteen died and more than 160 were injured in the 2013 blast.
By Alan Whyte, 6 February 2016
One person was killed and three others hurt when a 565-foot crane collapsed in lower Manhattan Friday morning.
By Will Morrow, 30 December 2015
The response of the Chinese regime is aimed at diverting attention from the broader social and political implications of the disaster.
By Ben McGrath, 29 December 2015
The callous disregard for the safety of miners, resulting in a series of mine explosions and cave-ins, is a product of the drive to cut production costs and boost profits.
By Gary Joad, 27 November 2015
Nuclear waste dumps from the Manhattan Project have resulted in clustering of unusually high cancer rates in younger people and children.
By Shelley Connor, 6 November 2015
The death of Tim Cooper at Independence Tube is only the latest in a string of industrial accidents caused by unsafe working conditions in Alabama.
By our correspondent, 6 November 2015
At least 21 workers were killed and dozens injured, and fears are increasing that the death toll will go up once the clearing of debris is completed.
By Ben McGrath, 25 August 2015
This latest incident in Shandong province drives home the disregard for safety in China’s factories in the pursuit of profit.
By James Cogan, 21 August 2015
The warehouse that exploded was only able to operate because of the owners’ political connections.
By James Cogan, 19 August 2015
China’s national director of the State Administration of Work Safety, Yang Dongliang, has been removed from his position.
By James Cogan, 18 August 2015
A major reason for the popular anger is the reality that a catastrophe of similar or greater dimensions could occur any day, in any number of Chinese cities and towns.
By James Cogan, 15 August 2015
The promises that the Chinese masses would ultimately benefit from rampant capitalist development are lying in tatters.
By Joe Williams, 5 August 2015
Public officials are trying to deny that poor maintenance and underfunding may have caused an accident that resulted in one death and over 100 injuries.
By Margot Miller, 31 July 2015
Just two weeks before the explosion decimated the factory, local council enforcement officers ordered a clean-up of the facility.
By David Brown, 17 June 2015
Several observers have pointed to signs of dry rot in the wooden support beams exposed by the collapse, possibly due to inadequate waterproofing.
By Gabriel Black, 22 May 2015
State officials say that at least 21,000 gallons of oil has reached the sea, causing an oil slick that spans nine miles.
By Andre Damon, 16 May 2015
Tuesday’s derailment of an Amtrak train on America’s busiest rail route has exposed before the whole world the dilapidated state of infrastructure in the United States.
By Daniel de Vries, 12 May 2015
The third major fire in eight years broke out at the nuclear facility, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the Hudson River.
By Ben McGrath, 11 April 2015
Industrial accidents in China are a regular occurrence amid the corporate drive to boost profits at the expense of safety and health standards.
By Jake Dean, 2 April 2015
The oil rig disaster has unfolded in the midst of Mexico’s accelerating privatization of its state-owned oil firm, PEMEX.
By Tom Hall, 31 March 2015
The death at Valero’s St. Charles refinery occurred as the United Steelworkers began winding down the strike at Motiva’s Norco refinery, which lies directly across the street.
By Jeff Lusanne, 24 February 2015
A Department of Transportation report predicts derailments could occur near populated areas and cause fatalities.
By Jeff Lusanne, 18 February 2015
Major railroads are pursuing attacks on railroad workers at the expense of working conditions and safety.