July 30, 2008 The Pump Handle 0Comment

In the Wausau Daily Herald, Gannett Wisconsin Media reports that an explosion at the Packaging Corp of America in Bradley, Wisconsin killed three workers: Randy Hoegger, 55, and Steve Voermans, 52, both of Tomahawk, and Donald Snyder, 46, of Merrill.

According to a company human resources manager, the men were performing maintenance on top of a recycling fiber storage tank when it exploded. The cause of the blast is under investigation.

In other news:

Pantagraph (Illinois): Ironworker Josh M. Dawe, 33, was killed when a crane collapsed on the basket in which he was working at a construction site.

Associated Press: The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on the medical certification of commercial truck drivers.

American News Project: Cynthia Fleming shares the story of her son, Marine Corporal James Jenkins, a decorated veteran of the Iraq invasion who took his own life after serving 22 months overseas.

The Republican (Massachusetts): The Massachusetts Senate Thursday passed a patient-safety bill that, unlike its House counterpart, does not order the state to set nurse-patient ratios.

Occupational Hazards: Johns Hopkins University engineering students have created a prototype of a tool to allow utility workers to disconnect power lines from residential transformers at a distance outside of the range of electrical arcs.

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