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USA
Wet 'n Wild worker injured in underwater accident

A Wet 'n Wild worker was admitted to hospital in critical condition after becoming trapped under water while cleaning a pool at the Universal Orlando Park, colleagues raised the alarm and effected his rescue
. 27th August 2014
Japan
Cable snapped and falling steel killed 2 Tokyo workers

Two workers were killed when they were struck by a 42Kg steel section which fell on them at an apartment block site in the Edogawa district of Tokyo. The steel was tied to 200 metal rods with cable which suddenly failed
. 27th August 2014
USA
Worker using air tool electrocuted in trench

A 38-year old construction worker was electrocuted when he struck an underground power line while working with compressed air equipment at the site of the extension to the Swedish Hospital in Edmonds, Washington
. 22nd August 2014
USA
Long Island motor boat explosion during fuelling

A motor boat exploded during fuelling at the Manhasset Bay Marina in Port Washington, New York, killing one man and injuring 2 others. One of the injured men managed to jump into the sea off Long Island to avoid the flames and flying debris, and a marina worker sustained burns injuries pushing the boat out, he is listed in stable condition
. 22nd August 2014
USA
Alabama utility worker and pilot killed in helicopter crash

A helicopter pilot and an Alabama Power worker have died in a crash some 20 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa where their McDonnell Douglas 369e helicopter, owned by RotorWorks of Georgia, came down during power line aerial inspection in a wooded area of rough terrain
. 21st August 2014
Italy
Tornado aircraft crash leaves 4 dead

The crash of 2 Italian Air Force Tornado aircraft is believed to have claimed the lives of 3 airmen and an airwoman, the aircraft had taken off from Ghedi in Brescia for a training exercise at Ascoli Piceno. A search was ongoing yesterday for 2 of the missing service personnel after the recovery of the first 2 bodies
. 21st August 2014
Japan
Boy,6, drowns in pond near Chiba incineration plant

A 6-year old boy has drowned while swimming in a pond in close proximity to an incineration plant in Matsudo where he and other children were able to access the pond despite the erection of a fence to secure the area.
  20th August 2014
Slovakia
Nitric acid accident at former nuclear power in Trnava

Two workers were badly injured in a burns accident involving nitric acid at the site of the former nuclear plant in Jaslovske Bohunice, Trnava, adjacent to the replacement plant. The former plant was switched off between 2006 and 2008, initial reports of yesterday's accident mentioned an explosion but JAVYS, undertaking the decommissioning, has indicated that the accident did not involve an explosion.
20th August 2014
USA
Falling sand bag kills worker in Texas warehouse

A one and a half tonne bag of fracking sand became unstable and fell, killing a worker on Monday in a warehouse of Chalk Mountain Services in San Antonio, Texas, where he was working as a guide for a forklift operator. It is believed that the bags may have been stacked 3 or 4 high
. 19th August 2014
Indonesia
15 tourists missing as ferry sinks on reef

Fifteen tourists are missing following the sinking of a boat near Bima on Sambawa Island as it sailed from Lombok to Komodo Island. Sea conditions were rough at the time and the boat is believed to have been driven on to a reef which breached the hull
. 18th August 2014
USA
Crane on barge falls on tug and kills skipper under New Orleans bridge

The skipper of the tug Cory Michael has been killed in an accident on the Industrial Canal in New Orleans when a crane on a barge being pushed by his tug came down on the tug's wheelhouse as the arm of the crane struck the Florida Avenue Bridge as the tug and barge were passing under the raised bridge.
15th August 2014
USA
Arborial work fatality in MEWP

An arborist, believed to have been the proprietor of Northern Star Tree Service, has died in an accident while working in a MEWP(mobile elevating work platform) in Alsace, Pennsylvania. He was working at a height of 12 metres to trim a poplar tree when a tree limb tied to a rope came down over the MEWP and he became pinned and choked by the rope
. 15th August 2014
Turkey
Miners rescued after cave-in at Black Sea pit

Nine coal miners were successfully rescued from a private mine in Zonguldak following a cave-in which left them trapped in a 20-metre deep hole in the pit on the Black Sea
.13th August 2014
Austria
Farmer crushed to death by bull

A 49-year old farmer was killed yesterday when he became pinned against the wall of a stall by a bull at his farm in Pramet, Upper Austria.
13th August 2014
Iran
39 killed in Teheran air crash

Thirty nine people died in the crash of an Antonov AN-140 aircraft which crashed into a hanger wall in the military zone area of Mehrabad Airport in the Asadi district of Teheran. Initial reports spoke of a Taban Airlines flight but later reports mentioned a Sepahan Airlines flight which had taken off from Teheran for Tabas but failed to gain altitude, crashing 2 miles into its flight.
11th August 2014
Belgium
2 workers died in confined space accident on West Flanders farm

Two workers died in a confined space accident yesterday during the emptying of a cesspit at a farm on Oude Molenstraat in Alveringem, West Flanders. After the first worker was overcome by ammonia fumes the second man was similarly overcome while attempting a rescue. Both men were rescued unconscious and died shortly after transfer to hospital in Ypres.
8th August 2014
USA
Worker crushed under forklift

A 51-year old worker has died in a crush accident when a forklift collapsed on him during maintenance work at Dalton Logistics in Stanley, North Dakota
. 8th August 2014
USA
Maintenance worker killed in fall at George Bush Airport in Texas

A Bombardier Transportation worker died in a 15-metre fall from the raised track tram line at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston during maintenance work as he was apparently inspecting railings
. 7th August 2014
USA
Crush fatality during unloading in New York

A 62-year old contractor working at the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel facility on Throgs Neck Expressway in New York's Bronx district died in a crush accident yesterday under a 1.5-tonne crate during unloading from a lorry
. 6th August 2014
Japan
Octogenarian farmer killed in tractor rollover

An 83-year old Gunma farmer died in a tractor rollover accident while working on his land in Maebashi, the tractor became unstable on a gradient and he was left pinned between the vehicle and a fence at the foot of an embankment
. 6th August 2014
USA
Electrocution at Texas food plant

A 50-year old worker was electrocuted on Monday morning while working with machinery at the Pilgrim's Pride plant in Nacogdoches, East Texas
. 5th August 2014
USA
Accident on Wichita site

On Monday morning a Kansas construction worker was left critically injured on a site on West 55th Street South in Wichita where he was struck by a steel beam
. 5th August 2014
China
69 workers die in factory dust explosion

At least 69 workers were killed when a metallic dust explosion occurred at in a workshop where car wheel hubs are polished at the Zhongring Plating plant in Kunshan, 30 miles west of Shanghai
. 4th August 2014
India
2 killed in exploding tyre accident at Noida container depot

Two workers were killed when a tyre burst and a subsequent fire engulfed a vehicle on which they were changing the tyre at a container depot in the Greater Noida  area on Saturday
. 4th August 2014
USA
Vermont worker killed at road site

An employee of Whitcomb Construction Company was killed in an accident at a work site on Interstate South Burlington in Vermont where he was struck by a car as he was removing highway markers
. 1st August 2014
Ecuador
Wall collapse kills teenage worker

During renovation work on a house in Cuenca yesterday a wall collapsed on 3 construction workers, all were admitted to the city's Vicente Corral Moscoso Hospital where a 17-year old worker subsequently died
. 1st August 2014
 
Austria
Worker badly burned working with gas and bitumen

A worker was badly burned yesterday while working with bitumen and a gas cylinder during renovation work in a dental laboratory in St Johann in the Tyrol.
27th August 2014
Turkey
HGV driver killed at Istanbul bridge site

An HGV driver died yesterday when he lost control of his vehicle which overturned and fell down an embankment as he arrived to remove spoil from excavations at  the new Yavus Sultan Selim bridge  site in woodland in north Istanbul
. 27th August 2014
Turkey
Worker killed at university site

A structural collapse occurred on Thursday on the Umuttepe campus of Kocaeli University where sewer installation work was being undertaken, one worker died and another was hospitalised with a broken leg
. 22nd August 2014
Malta
Fall in workplace accidents

Figures released for workplace accidents in the 2nd quarter of 2014 show a reduction in fatal and non-fatal accidents compared with the commensurate period last year - no fatalities between April and June 2014(2 last year) and 822 injuries( 861 last year). Manufacturing accounted for 23% of accidents followed by construction with 17%
. 21st August 2014
Canada
Ontario farmer killed in tractor rollover accident

An Ontario farmer has died in a tractor rollover accident on a gradient which saw his vehicle fall 22 metres down an embankment during fertilising work on his land in Walsingham
. 20th August 2014
South Africa
7 dead, 2 missing in Joburg building renovation collapse

Eight people were killed and 2 others were reported missing when a building undergoing renovation collapsed on the Meyersdal Eco housing estate in the Alberton area of southeast Johannesburg
. 19th August 2014
Turkey
Girl,4, killed after entering washing machine

A 4-year old girl has died in an accident in a washing machine at her home in Oltu in Erurum during play with her brother.
18th August 2014
USA
Worker's ear severed at Utah distribution centre

A Utah worker has been hospitalised and was listed in critical condition with head injuries, including a severed ear, and a broken leg after being struck by a vehicle during the transfer of goods at a loading bay at a distribution centre in Layton
. 15th August 2014
Australia
Crush fatality at grain site

A contract worker sustained fatal crush injuries when he became pinned between a load of steel and a lorry during maintenance work at the Cooperative Bulk Handling grain site in Northampton, Western Australia
.  13th August 2014
Mexico
3 dead in coke tank explosion at refinery

Three workers were killed in an explosion at the Ciudad Madero Pemex refinery during maintenance work on a coking unit when gas from coke residue exploded in the empty coke tank.
11th August 2014
USA
Ohio worker crushed in aluminium press

A fatal accident investigation is ongoing at BRT Extrusions in Niles, Ohio, following the death of a worker crushed in an aluminium press
. 8th August 2014
France
Base jumper killed in parachute accident

A Swiss base jumper died at the Magland cliffs in the Upper Savoy on Wednesday when his parachute malfunctioned and failed to open properly
. 7th August 2014
Russia
Murmansk gas explosion

A gas explosion led to the collapse of the 4th and 5th floors of an apartment block on 65 Nevsky Street in Murmansk yesterday, residents were mostly asleep at the time of the accident, sniffer dogs were brought in to help locate people trapped under the debris
. 6th August 2014
USA
Forklift fatality at Carolina timber mill

A fatal accident investigation was launched on Monday at the Weyerhaeuser timber mill south of Ayden, North Carolina, where a worker died in an overturning forklift accident
. 5th August 2014
Mexico
Orangutan bites off vet student's finger

A student of the Escuela de Medecina Veterinaria y Zootecnica of Benito Juarez de Oaxaca University had a finger bitten off by an orangutan at the Bosque de Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City. She was transferred to General Siglo XXI Hospital but surgical re-attachment of the badly damaged finger was impossible
. 4th August 2014
USA
Worker dies in ethanol confined space accident in rail wagon

A Nevada worker has died in an apparent confined space accident having entered a rail wagon at a yard in north Las Vegas and being overcome by fumes, an atmosphere check of the wagon found high levels of ethanol vapour
. 4th August 2014
USA
Worker injured in fall from vehicle during lifting of materials

A 38-year old Kansas worker was left critically injured yesterday in an accident during the lifting of construction materials to the 2nd floor of a building on a site in Bel Aire. He was on the front end of a Bobcat when the material became unstable and fell, causing the vehicle to roll back and pitch him to the ground.
1st August 2014
 
Scotland
Search for missing diver called off

A police helicopter search of the North Sea coastline off St Abbs on Tuesday morning failed to find any trace of the diver missing for 2 days and the search has now been called off.
27th August 2014
South Africa
Tramming fatality at Free State gold mine

A gold miner has died in a tramming accident at the Tshepong mine of Harmony Gold at Welkom in the Free State
. 27th August 2014
France
Zoo visitor's baby in pouch sling bitten by camel

A 5-month old baby boy is recovering in hospital in Grenoble after being bitten on the head by a camel at the Zavatta circus zoo in Megeve. He was being carried in a pouch sling when the camel craned its neck forward and bit his head, inflicting several fractures
. 22nd August 2014
Wales
Arborial accident

A man has died from injuries which involved a massive blood loss when he lost his balance and fell on to spike rails atop a brick wall while pruning a fir tree in Merthyr Tydfil
. 21st August 2014
New Zealand
Hook impaled in meat plant worker's head

A meat processing worker is recovering in Tauranga Hospital where he was admitted after a hook from an animal carcass spreader became impaled in his head at the Affco plant in Te Puke
. 20th August 2014
New Zealand
Companies fined over woman's ankle broken by reversing forklift

Three companies were each fined $39,375(19,964) plus a combined reparation of $20K(10,141) in respect of an accident in May 2013 at a fruit warehouse in Mount Maunganui where a female worker's ankle was broken by a reversing forklift truck. The woman's employer, LRK Trays Ltd, and Mount Pack and Cool Ltd and Ora Packaging Ltd were all fined over a failure to take all practicable steps to ensure her safety at work. WorkSafe investigators found a failure to have proper rules regarding risks posed to workers on foot, an accident being avoidable if a barrier prevented a forklift entering a tray maker's area. WorkSafe opined that an accident was predictable without a barrier or some form of isolation
. 19th August 2014
Germany
Girl killed in fall from ride at Rhineland fair

An 11-year old girl died in a fall from the Spinning Barrels fairground ride at a holiday park in Hassloch, the fall took her on to the ride's mechanism
. 18th August 2014
Austria
Polish speleologist rescued from mountain cave

A 27-year old Polish speleologist was rescued from the Jack Daniel's cave in Tennengebrige in Salzburg. A 35m sterile tent area was erected at the cave's entrance, it was believed that the man sustained head and thigh injuries in a 7-metre fall 250 metres from the cave entrance 2,120 metres above sea level. His condition in hospital on Sunday was given as stable and it is understood that his injuries do not require surgery
. 18th August 2014
England
Worker killed at Glamorgan festival site

Stroud District Council is investigating a fatal accident at Sallywood Farm in Horsley where a contract worker has been killed in an accident involving agricultural equipment during preparatory work for a festival there.
15th August 2014
Australia
Worker's thumb severed at Queensland sugar mill

A contract worker has severed a thumb in an accident at Millaquin Mill in Bundaberg, Queensland
. 15th August 2014
Canada
Worker killed as forklift comes off ramp

A worker of Ali's Transportation died in a crush accident under an overturning forklift which came off a ramp during the unloading of a scissors lift at Voisin Equipment Rental in Puslinch
. 13th August 2014
Italy
3 Tuscan divers die in accident at the Formiche di Grosseto

Three members of a diving club died in an accident on Sunday during a dive at the Formiche di Grosseto islands off the Tuscan coast, another diver was being given oxygen therapy in a hyperbaric chamber. It is believed that 11 members of a diving club from Talamone were at the site 11 miles from Porto Santo Stefano
. 11th August 2014
Luxemburg
Worker badly burned in ink plant fire

A fire at the Doneck Euroflex ink manufacturer in Grevenmacher left a worker badly burned, 200 employees were evacuated as the chemicals used in ink production posed an explosion risk
. 8th August 2014
Honduras
Worker killed in trench collapse

A 26-year old construction worker has died and another was badly injured in a trench collapse at a housing site in the Campo district of Santa Lucia
. 8th August 2014
Turkey
Gas explosion in Bursa factory

Six workers were injured, 2 listed in critical condition, following a gas leak and explosion in a factory on Demirtas Industrial Estate in Bursa
. 6th August 2014
Germany
Worker severely burned in gas accident in Hamburg

A construction worker was in critical condition in a burns unit last night after a tongue of flame struck him in the face during excavation work on Hauptstrasse in the Lurup area of the city where a problem with the gas supply had been reported.
5th August 2014
Germany
Unsighted workers hit by reversing excavator

Two workers, aged 48 and 58, were badly injured when they were struck by a reversing excavator at a site on Auf dem Loh Street in Schmallenberg, Sauerland, the older worker is listed in life-threatening condition.
4th August 2014
Canada
Unstable poles fall on teenage worker during loading

An 18-year old Ontario worker was hospitalised yesterday following an accident at premises south of Barrie. A MEWP(mobile elevating work platform) was being operated to load timber poles on to a lorry but when the load fell the worker was struck by two 1500lb utility poles. His condition in hospital was not known.
1st August 2014
 
Northern Ireland
Man killed in quarry accident

HSENI is investigating a fatal accident at a quarry near Coleraine where a worker died after being struck by an excavator bucket
. 27th August 2014
England
Bucks light aircraft crash

Bucks Fire and Rescue attended a fatal accident at Hedges Farm near Buckingham yesterday where a pilot died in the crash of a light aircraft
. 22nd August 2014
England
2 injured at Falmouth Docks

Two workmen were left seriously injured when a section of steel racking collapsed at the A & P Falmouth site in Falmouth Docks, Cornwall
. 21st August 2014
Isle of Man
Motorcyclist killed in Manx Grand Prix qualifying round

A Northern Ireland motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the Mountain Mile section of the course during a qualifying round for the Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man.
21st August 2014
England
Fall from height accident at Eastbourne Pier

The HSE has been advised of a fatal accident at the site of fire-damaged Eastbourne Pier where a 44-year old worker sustained fatal head injuries in a fall from height
on to the beach. 20th August 2014
Scotland
Fatal accident on Borders farm

The HSE is investigating a workplace accident at Heriot Mill Farm in Heriot, 20 miles south of Edinburgh, where a 64-year old man was found dead
. 15th August 2014
Scotland
Worker breaks leg in accident at Stornoway harbour

Two contract workers were admitted to the Western Isles Hospital yesterday morning following an accident on Stornoway's Pier 3 where construction work is being undertaken. It is believed that they became trapped under machinery and one of the men sustained a broken leg
. 13th August 2014
Scotland
Man killed in Bute air crash

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been advised of a fatal accident on the Isle of Bute in which a 63-year old man died in the crash of a light aircraft half a mile from the airstrip at Kingorth, a 52-year old man was hospitalised in Paisley with critical injuries
. 11th August 2014
India
Boiler ash issued on workers

Hot ash issuing from Unit 7 boiler at the National Thermal Power Corporation in Korba injured 8 workers, including 2 engineers, the workers were transferred to hospital in Billaspur, 1 worker has 65% burns
. 8th August 2014
Scotland
Inebriated skipper awaits sentence

The Latvian skipper of the Bahamas-registered cargo ship Frifjord has pleaded guilty to a charge under the Railways & Transport Safety Act 2003 of being drunk in charge of his ship on the River Tay. A pilot boarded the ship at Balmerino, after it had left Perth to sail to Norway, to navigate the section of the river at the Tay bridges. He found the skipper incapable of steering his ship and a subsequent breath alcohol level of more than 3 times the limit was given. Sentencing will take place in September
. 6th August 2014
Canada
Electrician burned during wiring work

An Ottawa electrician was hospitalised with 2nd degree burns yesterday after contacting a live power source while working up a ladder on wiring in Carleton University, his condition was listed as stable
. 6th August 2014
Rep Ireland
Boy killed in tractor accident on Offaly farm

A 5-year old boy was killed in an accident involving a tractor on Monday afternoon on a farm in Kincora in County Offaly. This was the 3rd child farm fatality of the summer; on Friday a 3-year old boy died in a crush accident involving plant on a farm at Gortnasceeny in Cork; in July a 2-year old boy drowned in a water container on a Limerick farm. Sixteen lives have been lost in work related accidents on Irish farms this year, equalling the total for 2013 when 4 children died.
5th August 2014
Austria
Farmer injured in cow attack in byre

A 64-year old farmer's wife was admitted to hospital in Amstetten on Monday with severe chest injuries after being attacked by a cow during milking in a byre on a farm in St Oswald, Lower Austria.
5th August 2014
Scotland
Teenager dies in fall in farm silo

The HSE is investigating a fatal accident at Deanfoot Farm near Denholm in the Borders where a 19-year old man has died in a fall in a 17-metre high silo, it was unclear whether it was storing grain or silage
. 4th August 2014
Australia
Canberra bricklayer injured in Besser block wall collapse

A bricklayer was admitted to Canberra Hospital on Thursday after a 2.4m-high wall of Besser blocks collapsed on him at a site on Beaconsfield. Wind was gusting to 45mph at the time, the worker was listed in stable condition.
1st August 2014