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  • Report into Kentucky whiskey distillery blast blames over-pressurisation of still

    29 July 2015

    The results of an official investigation by the Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s office into the cause of the Silver Trail Distillery explosion in late April have been released. The incident resulted in devastation to the Hardin, Marshall County, distillery and the death of one senior distiller, with another staff member seriously injured....

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  • Explosion and fire kill at least 25 in Egyptian furniture factory

    29 July 2015

    At least 25 people have died in a fire at a furniture factory in El Obour, an industrial city some 35 kilometres northeast of Cairo, with more than 20 others injured. An investigation is underway but reports suggest a gas cylinder exploded and that the plant did not have the safety clearances required to operate....

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  • West Virginia alloy plant arc flash blast injures four

    29 July 2015

    Four men suffered burns after an arc flash incident on July 28 at an alloy plant in Fayette County, West Virginia. A spokesman for West Virginia Manufacturing said the incident happened when the employees were digging to install a new security gate and accidentally hit an electrical line, which caused a transformer to blow....

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  • Japan increases Fukushima compensation to $57 bln

    28 July 2015

    On July 28 Japan approved an increase in compensation payments for the Fukushima crisis to 7.07 trillion yen ($57.18 billion). Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station, will receive 950 billion yen more in public funds on top of the 6.125 trillion agreed earlier, the utility and government said....

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  • Nine killed in Italian fireworks factory explosion

    27 July 2015

    Reports from Italian media have confirmed that the death toll from the series of explosions at a fireworks factory near the southern city of Bari have reached nine, with a further three injured. The ANSA news agency said the explosion on July 24 completely destroyed the Bruscella factory in Modugno, with the subsequent fire threatening forests nearby....

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Australian mine workers injured by arc flash 27 July 2015

Two workers were injured in an arc flash incident in a West Australian underground mine. The workers, an electrician and mechanical fitter, were investigating water overflow issues at the unnamed site when the incident occurred, according to a WA Department of Mines and Petroleum  (DMP) report....

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Hazardex 2016 Awards for Excellence - Call for nominations 27 July 2015

The Hazardex 2016 Event will feature a hazardous area industries awards programme to highlight examples of excellence within our sector. Nominated products, services or systems must have made a significant contribution to safety in process industry or hazardous area operations within the last two years. Winners will be announced during the gala dinner at the event in February, 2016....

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HazardEx 2016 International Conference & Exhibition - Book your booth today! 27 July 2015

HazardEx 2016, the two-day International Conference & Exhibition for hazardous area specialists, will take place on 24th & 25th February 2016 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. ...

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Hazardex 2016 International Conference - It's not too late to submit your abstract 27 July 2015

You are invited to contribute to the Hazardex 2016 International Conference which will be taking place in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on 24th & 25th February, 2016. Share your technical knowledge and experience by submitting a paper proposal before 2nd October 2015 for consideration by the content committee. ...

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Nigeria chlorine cylinder explosion kills 8, injures 101 26 July 2015

Eight people died and 101 others were injured after inhaling chlorine after a cylinder of the gas exploded at a Plateau State Water Board plant in Jos, central Nigeria, on July 25. A Plateau State Government spokesperson said: “There was excess chlorine inhalation from an exploded chlorine cylinder by residents around the Lamingo Water Board Treatment Plant.”...

Features

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The top ten myths of dust zoning

Over 70% of powders handled in industry can cause dust explosions under the right conditions. Many of these powders can be found in the food and beverage sector, including sugar, sweeteners, starch, flour, grain, vitamins, amino acids, resins, gums, flavour ingredients, caffeine, and many others. In this article, Simon Gakhar of Chilworth Technology examines some myths that have become established in areas where dust explosion hazards are present...

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Automotive sector fires: Challenges and potential fire detection solutions

The potential cost of an automotive manufacturing plant fire ensures that safety, detection and preventive measures should never be compromised.  Fires such as the one in 2012 at BMW's Tiexi (China) plant and the automotive parts plant in Revesby near Sydney (Australia) demonstrate the consequences of a major conflagration. Michael J Pickford of FireVu discusses challenges and potential solutions for the sector....

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The importance of standards

BSI, the UK-based business standards company, has published independent research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) demonstrating the economic benefits of industrial standards to UK companies. The study analysed the contribution of standards to UK labour productivity between 1921 and 2013 and surveyed 527 companies in seven key sectors....

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