Probably because of the Marathon bombing the West, Texas disaster seems to have not attracted so much comment. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/20/us-usa-explosion-texas-idUSBRE93H02A20130420 So far, 14 confirmed dead, roughly 200 injured, and (edit -- 1-2) people still missing or unaccounted for. (edit -- they apparently got most people accounted for today). http://abcnews.go.com/US/texas-mayor-35-40-people-unaccounted-plant-blast/story?id=18984131 Safety Rules Limited for Small Fertilizer Plants By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI and JACK GILLUM Associated Press April 20, 2013 (AP) http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/safety-rules-limited-small-fertilizer-plants-19006944 Fertilizer plants would certainly qualify as a potentially hazardous workplace. It is surprising that a residential neighborhood complete with nearby schools was allowed to be built right next to the plant. There is a BLS PDF here with occupational statistics. http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfch0009.pdf Over 4000 employees die in workplace accidents every year in the U.S., although it is rare for so many civilians to die.