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Six Workers Injured in Washington Dam Explosion

Stephanie Samedi1 year ago

Six workers were injured in Grant County, Washington as a result of an explosion at the Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River Thursday afternoon.

About the Grant County Explosion

According to Reuters, the explosion happened at around 4:30 in the afternoon and started from a malfunction of the electrical equipment at the hydroelectric dam. 

The incident resulted in the injuries of six workers who were taken to area hospitals. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

There was no serious damage done to the facility and the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

On the Job Injury Statistics

The following information was provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • The rate of falls increased in three industry sectors: construction; wholesale trade; and transportation and warehousing.
  • In 2013, private industry employers reported 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses.
  • Fatal workplace injuries went from 4,585 in 2013 to 4,679 in 2014, an increase of 2 percent. 


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