13 grisly industrial disasters

In the last century, the world has seen mass casualties at clothing factories, chemical plants and nuclear reactors. Here are some of the worst catastrophes.

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May 9, 2013 12:56PM
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interesting that 3 of these are garment factories
May 9, 2013 12:59PM
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Having been 200' from an accident at a power plant installation that took 52 lives I had thought that it couldn't have been worse to witness. Some of these listed should have sent those responsible someplace that would be horrible to exist. It is beyond belief the stories we hear like this and then hear that OSHA or other government agencies have few people and no budgets to inspect or oversee operations that are grossly dangerous when they need not be. To allow jobs to be shipped overseas and then hear of workers conditions like these so that we can shop cheaper and extend our limited earnings amazes me. The US should control conditions here and refuse goods made elsewhere that are made under unsafe conditions that don't meet OUR standards. Dying by going to work should not occur. I can't recall the exact figures but I know that a ridiculous number die (not just hurt) every year in the US.
May 9, 2013 1:04PM
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There was an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in San Francisco in 1989 ore 1990, that was located in a residential area.  There were body parts strewn about within two blocks of the explosion, from people who were just parking their car or walking their dog.  I lived about eight blocks from the explosion.  I was attempting to close my front door after having a conversation with a neighbor, and the explosion jerked the doorknob from my hand with such force my wrist was injured. I'm so thankful I had just moved my 4 year-old away from the open door; she would have been dissected.  When the explosion  happened, everything went white for several seconds, the ground shook like it was an earthquake and then pandemonium ensued.  The owner of the factory fled the country.  I certainly hope that the authorities do not forget to bring this person to justice. 
May 9, 2013 2:23PM
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it says they were unaware i think its more like didn't give a dam. any thing to save a buck and not have to pay their slaves a decent wage!

May 9, 2013 1:27PM
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Someone forgot Pepcon.  Not a lot of people died but huge disaster
May 9, 2013 1:09PM
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Why do I not see the fire and nuclear type explosion in the jet fuel plant outside of Henderson, Nevada?
May 9, 2013 2:02PM
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In Texas 14 dead from explosion like in 1947, same state, nothing learned.

 

Bangladesh, home of industrial garment companies who pay cheap labor and don't abide by any safety rules.

 

Three BP officials facing 22 counts of manslaughter.

 

News coverage of now over 900 dead in building collapse in India?  None.

 

14 dead news coverage in Texas?  None.

 

Benghazi 4 dead 24/7 coverage.

May 9, 2013 1:55PM
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Wow, Pakistan had the same issues as the Triangle fire... How incredibly tragic. This is why safety measures get put into place. Part of the reason why I spend each work day inspecting racks and storage containers to ensure the safety of my coworkers.
May 9, 2013 3:21PM
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What's the difference between a parking meter and a Bhopalese citizen?

Union Carbide would have gotten in trouble if they'd destroyed 16,000m parking meters.

May 9, 2013 2:05PM
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50 million posts on Benghazi.  None about the 14 dead in Texas.  None about the 900 dead in Bangladesh.  We are concerned for human life says Congress.  Wahhh  yeah sure  you are...
May 9, 2013 3:30PM
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The WORST industrial disaster was criminalizing Cannabis.

Trillions in lost revenue, jobs, renewable energy, profits, products, working capital.

Big business greed is the route of all evils.

May 9, 2013 1:09PM
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This site was enriching plutonium rods for iran  does that give anybody a clue ??

The Star of David didnt  like that all

May 9, 2013 1:05PM
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This was also a nuke bomb building site not just a power generating site. that is why the high radiation activity across the world.

May 9, 2013 3:18PM
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You forgot 3 SOCIAL disasters  #1 Jimmy Carter's election

                                                   #2. Bill Clinton's election

                                                   #3. Hussein Obama's BIRTH and Election.

May 9, 2013 2:03PM
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Interest in this by Republicans?  Zero, mims the word.  Can't have the dumb lap dogs they call useful idiots alerted to dangers in the workplace.
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