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Five workers were recently killed at a hydroelectric plant when a fire erupted. The men died of smoke inhalation. The contractor, RPI Coating, had been fined 90 times since 1988, with fines totaling $135,569. The company had also been fined numerous times, for hundreds of thousands of dollars, for violating hazardous waste rules. The plant is owned by Xcel Energy, and some people have been questioning the company’s decision to hire RPI despite the numerous fines and citations relating to safety. The men that died in the fire range from 18-years-old to 52-years-old. Numerous other workers were injured in the fire. No personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits have been filed as of yet.

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American Airlines in Chicago, Illinois has been fined over $200,000 for safety violations at O’Hare Airport. The violations run from concerns over machine guards, electrical safety, trip and fall hazards, blocked exits, and improper storage of oxygen and acetylene cylinders. The hazards all pose serious risks of personal injury and workplace injury to employees of American Airlines, as well as other employees and patrons of the airport.

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Gateway yesterday announced a recall of some of the lithium ion battery packs for its notebook computers. The Gateway battery recall is due to faulty Sony batteries, which were the subject of previously issued recalls by Dell, Apple, and Toshiba. This most recent recall warns, “Under certain conditions, these battery packs can overheat and create a potential fire hazard.”

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An Illinois family has filed a product liability lawsuit after an Xbox overheated, resulting in a house fire that killed an infant. The family of the deceased infant claims that the power supply of the Xbox overheated and sparked the fatal flames. Around the time of the fire, Microsoft issued a Xbox product recall, citing concerns regarding the product’s safety.

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