May 20, 2016 |
A maintenance worker who was critically injured when a boiler exploded at a Philadelphia public school in January died Wednesday, union officials said. Christopher Trakimas, 62, a facility mechanic, was bringing online a boiler that had been shut down for a year at Franklin S. Edmonds Elementary School when it blew up Jan. 13. "Chris has been in the hospital for five months fighting to overcome the injuries he sustained," an official of his union, Ernie Bennett, posted on Facebook.
April 9, 2016 |
Most boilers in Philadelphia public schools are safe but need repairs, officials said Thursday, about three months after one exploded at an East Mount Airy elementary school, critically injuring a maintenance worker. Authorities inspected all functioning boilers in city schools after the Jan. 13 explosion at F.S. Edmonds Elementary that hurt mechanic Christopher Trakimas. Of the 542 boilers in Philadelphia School District buildings tested, 531 - 98 percent - passed inspection, a report released Thursday said.
March 25, 2016 |
ED STEIN, Jim Whitehead, and Chris Trakimas had this year's hunting and fishing trips all figured out. As always, the longtime friends and skilled outdoorsmen would track deer in January and February. Hunt wild turkey in spring. Catch flounder and striped bass over the summer. Together, they'd clean and skin their bounty, but only Trakimas would whip it into meals they'd savor for hours in a small hunting cabin in Pike County, Pa., where locals have affectionately dubbed the men "the three amigos.
February 8, 2016 |
THE ANCIENT oil-burning boiler at Northern Children's Services in Wissahickon broke down two days before last month's winter storm, sending temperatures plunging into the 30s inside three buildings on the Ridge Avenue campus. Those three buildings house daily individual and group- therapy sessions for vulnerable children who have struggled with trauma and who depend on NCS for hours of psychological and emotional support after school every week. All the children are from extremely low-income, Medicaid-eligible families.
January 17, 2016 |
FOR YEARS, workers and union leaders say, they warned Philadelphia School District officials: Keep cutting safety corners and deferring critical building repairs, and someone will get hurt - or worse. That's just what happened this week when a boiler at F.S. Edmonds Elementary School exploded, surrounding school mechanic Christopher Trakimas in flames and leaving him fighting for his life. "Once people are being lit on fire at work in the school district, something has to change," said Ernie Bennett, an official with 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents Trakimas and other blue-collar workers.
January 17, 2016 |
For years, workers and union leaders say, they warned Philadelphia School District officials: Keep cutting safety corners and deferring critical building repairs, and someone will get hurt - or worse. That's just what happened this week when a boiler at F.S. Edmonds Elementary School exploded, surrounding school mechanic Christopher Trakimas in flames and leaving him fighting for his life. "Once people are being lit on fire at work in the School District, something has to change," said Ernie Bennett, an official with 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents Trakimas and other blue-collar workers.
January 15, 2016
A BOILER-ROOM explosion at an East Mount Airy public school critically injured a maintenance employee and forced the evacuation of the building, officials said Wednesday. The explosion happened about 1:30 p.m. at Edmonds School, at 8025 Thouron Ave. Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the Philadelphia School District, said that a school employee who had been working on the boiler was taken to Einstein Medical Center. Students at the K-5 school were evacuated to a nearby building for a time, but ultimately returned to Edmonds.
January 19, 2013 |
Question: Eighteen years ago, we had to replace the steam boiler that had heated our old home for more than 50 years. Our oil supplier installed an oil-fired boiler/burner unit, with a new feeder cutoff, smoke pipe, and draft regulator - a complete system replacement. We've left the three-story Victorian for a retirement ranch-style house, and the old house is currently on the market. Recently, we discovered that the steam boiler had cracked, and water is leaking into the burn chamber.
October 19, 2011 |
Police removed 10 children and teenagers Tuesday night who had been in the care of Linda Ann Weston, the woman charged this week with enslaving four mentally challenged adults in a Tacony basement, and said the group showed signs of abuse and malnutrition. Among the group was Beatrice Weston, 19, a niece reported missing in 2009. Investigators are trying to find the parents of the children, and police said two of the children may be related to one of the adult victims kept in the basement.