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  • Former US coal company CEO, jailed for deadly mine explosion, to run for Senate seat

    22 January 2018

    Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, sentenced in 2016 to one year in prison on a conviction stemming from the deadliest US mine explosion in four decades, has announced he will launch a campaign to wrest the West Virginia US senate seat currently held by moderate Democrat Joe Manchin....

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  • Four killed, nine injured in blast at Indian agrochemicals plant

    22 January 2018

    PTI reported that at least four workers were killed and nine others injured on January 21 in a blast at the GSP Crop Science chemical plant in Nandesari, an industrial suburb of Vadodara in Gujarat. The blast led to a huge fire at the premises, according to local police.  Two of the injured were reported to be in a serious condition....

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  • Three killed, several injured in Kentucky boat yard explosion

    22 January 2018

    An explosion on a tugboat docked for repairs in on the Tennessee River in Kentucky killed three people and injured several others on January 19, a Kentucky State Police spokesperson said. Dozens of people were either aboard the boat or at the site when the explosion occurred, and there was no early indication of foul play, he added....

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  • Hazardex 2018 Awards for Excellence – **Voting now open**

    19 January 2018

    Over the last decade, the Hazardex Awards programme has become a benchmark for those supplying products, services and systems within hazardous areas. Final deliberations on nominations for the Hazardex 2018 Awards for Excellence have now taken place, with twenty nominations accepted across four categories. The shortlist is now open for voting and the deadline is 28/01/18. ...

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  • UK tanker confirmed taken by pirates off West Africa - Updated

    17 January 2018

    UK-based tanker owner and operator Union Maritime confirmed on January 17 one of its vessels, MT Barrett, had been the subject of a pirate attack. The vessel was last reported to be at anchor off Benin, West Africa, on January 9. The company said it had alerted the local authorities and was now exploring all possible options to ensure the safety and recovery of the 22 crew members....

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Shop owner charged with causing devastating explosion in north-west England 17 January 2018

A man has been charged with causing an explosion following a blast at New Ferry in the Wirral last year that left more than 30 people injured. Pascal Blasio, 56, of Gillingham, Kent, is charged with causing an explosion likely to endanger life. Contract Natural Gas Limited, an independent gas supplier for business customers, has also been charged with an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act....

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Belgium restaurant blast kills two, injures 14 16 January 2018

Belgian rescuers found two dead bodies early on January 16 at the site of a powerful suspected gas explosion in the port city of Antwerp that also injured 14 people, police said. The blast the previous night collapsed or severely damaged several buildings in the Paardenmarkt area of central Antwerp....

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Iranian oil tanker explodes and sinks after eight days ablaze in East China Sea 15 January 2018

An Iranian tanker carrying ultra-light crude oil to South Korea has sunk in the East China Sea, more than a week after its collision with a cargo ship 160 nautical miles east of Shanghai, China's Ministry of Transport said on January 14. Shanghai Marine Search and Rescue Centre confirmed that the oil tanker Sanchi sank about 150 nautical miles from its initial collision point with the Panamax dry bulk carrier CF Crystal....

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Portugal explosion and fire kills eight, injures 50 15 January 2018

At least eight people have been killed and 50 others injured after a blast in a heating boiler triggered a fire at a community centre in northern Portugal on January 14. More than 60 people were at the centre for an amateur card tournament or were watching football on TV when the blast happened, with the fire igniting material in the roof and spreading quickly, causing panic....

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Hazardex 2018 Conference programme now available **Conference delegate discount offer extended** 14 January 2018

The Hazardex 2018 Conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 28 and March 1. In addition to the comprehensive hazardous area operational safety content, an additional focus for this edition will be Cybersecurity, IIoT and Industry 4.0, with a keynote from senior HSE and National Cybersecurity Centre figures. Other areas covered include Incident & Risk Management, Functional Safety, PPE, and Certification.


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Digitalising the oil and gas sector

Digitalisation has already brought far-reaching benefits to the oil and gas industry. This increased connectivity has signalled many benefits in measurable innovations and efficiencies. The potential downside is exposure to cyber risks. Cyber security breaches can take businesses offline and lead to lost production, raised health, safety and environmental risks, costly damage claims and negative reputational impacts....

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How the latest localisation beacon technology is helping Lufthansa’s journey towards Industry 4.0

German airline Lufthansa is seeking to develop the full potential of expanded organisational information flowing from the new technologies we group together under the Industry 4.0 banner. One important element of this is the integratation of the latest mobile and beacon technology to capture location, tracking and sensor data from the people, assets and systems within its operations....


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Canada and UK push for coal phase-out against opposition from USA and Germany

Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and her UK counterpart, Claire Perry, launched an international alliance to phase out coal-fired electricity at the Bonn UN climate summit in mid-November, signalling a sharp contrast with US President Donald Trump's promotion of coal as a key global energy source and Germany's continued reliance on the fuel source for electricity generation....

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