Category: Workplace & Environmental


Potential Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Investigated in Florida

At least 2 cases of Legionnaires' disease have been confirmed at the same apartment complex in Pinellas County, Florida, according to WFLA-TV.

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Source of New York Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Identified

A housing complex in Manhattan has been identified as the likely source of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened at least 27 people and killed 1.


Illinois Veterans Home Struck by Legionnaires’ Outbreak Gets $4.1 Million

The federal government is gifting Illinois $4.1 million to renovate a veterans home where a 2015 outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease claimed the lives of 13 people.

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Wisconsin Refinery Explosion Injures 11

An explosion devastated an oil refinery in Wisconsin on Thursday, injuring at least 11 people, and forcing the evacuation of homes, schools and a hospital.

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Two Men Injured in Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion

Two oilfield workers in Wewoka, Oklahoma, were injured on Monday when an oil and gas pumping unit exploded near U.S. 270 and State Highway 56.


Yale Study Finds Legionella Bacteria Increased Near Watersheds, Drainage Basins

The number of new cases of Legionnaires’ disease has increased in recent years, and a new Yale University study indicates that people living near watersheds have the highest risk of developing the illness.

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5 Workers Missing, Feared Dead in Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion

Investigators say 5 workers who went missing after an oil rig explosion in Oklahoma are now presumed dead.


Lawsuit Filed Against Illinois Veterans’ Home After Deadly Legionnaires’ Outbreak

A nursing home in Quincy, Illinois, is being sued after 13 U.S. military veterans died from Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia caused by waterborne bacteria.

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Colorado Petroleum Site Reports Emitting High Levels of Benzene

Anadarko Petroleum has self-reported the release of high levels of benzene at a tank battery site in Dacono, Colorado, near Weld County Roads 10 and 15.

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Napa Valley Wildfires Caused $730 Million in Property Damage, State Says

The October wildfires that devastated Northern California caused at least $730 million in damage to insured property, as authorities increased the number of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000.