Texas City Disaster
April 16, 1947
Thousands were injured, and nearly 600 people were killed when an explosion occurs loading fertilizer onto a freight ship in Texas City.
January 10, 1860
The Pemberton Mill collapsed, killing approximately 150 millworkers. It was speculated that the 7 year-old-building collapsed due to an overload of heavy machinery, as well as a defect in the cast-iron support columns.
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
March 25, 1911
The New York Factory fire is widely remembered as one that was preventable. Safety features and locked doors were large contributors in the deaths of 145 workers.
San Juanico Tragedy
November 19, 1984
A series of explosions, initiated by a gas leak, occurred at a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) storage and distribution facility outside of Mexico City. It is estimated the 500 people died as a result, with approximately 7,000 severe injuries reported.
Qinghe Special Steel Corporation Disaster
April 18, 2007
A ladle, used to transport molten steel, separated from an overhead rail at the factory. 32 people died, and 6 people were injured. A post-incident investigation revealed that the accident was a direct result of deficient safety features and substandard work conditions.
Centralia Mining Disaster
March 25, 1947
An explosive detonation ignites coal dust at a mine near Centralia, Illinois; of the 142 underground workers, only 31 escaped. The disaster promoted stricter health and safety regulations for the mining industry in the United States.
April 26, 1986
An explosion at Reactor 4 at a power plant in Ukraine resulted in the immediate death of 31 people. The explosion exposed thousands to radiation through radioactive clouds and through digestion of radioactive materials in food and drinking water. There are no definitive statistics regarding the number of people affected by this disaster.