On Dec. 17, 2013, a 37-year-old worker was severely burned while working for a California company in a confined space, according to Cal/OSHA. A confined space is one that is defined as big enough for a worker to get in, but possessing limited exit and entry openings as well as the potential for danger from area and atmosphere.
Some Southern Californians may have heard that an explosion disrupted life in a small town in Washington recently. The blast occurred in Plymouth, a small town near the Washington-Oregon border, at the storage facility of Williams Northwest Pipeline. The plant houses liquefied natural gas. Five workplace injuries were reported and around 400 people who live within 2 miles of the plant were evacuated.
California workers may be interested in an accident that occurred at a livestock feed plant in Omaha, Neb. The accident resulted in injuries and deaths for some of those employed at the plant, and is still under investigation by authorities.
Two California workers are dead after unrelated logging injuries that both appear to have been from on-the-job accidents. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances of each death, while the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration has also begun their own investigation into the two incidents.
Californians who work at gas plants may be following reports of a Florida gas plant explosion and wondering if it could happen in the Golden State. The July 29 explosions at a Blue Rhino plant at Tavares could be seen and felt as far as four miles away.