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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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  • 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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  • Automation of ammunition production in China could triple output and reduce fatal accidents

    09 January 2018

    Artificial intelligence and robotics could triple China’s production of bombs and shells by 2028, according to a senior scientist involved in the program to boost ammunition productivity quoted by the South China Morning Post. The scientist told the Hong Kong newspaper that smart machines have begun replacing workers in a quarter of the country’s ammunition and ordnance f...

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Iranian oil tanker on fire in East China Sea - 32 crew missing 09 January 2018

On January 9, the stricken Iranian tanker Sanchi was still ablaze some 160 nautical miles off China’s coast near Shanghai three days after fire broke out on the vessel after a collision with a grain carrier. Strong winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to douse the flames and locate its missing crew. ...

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Hazardex 2018 Conference programme now available **Early-Bird conference delegate offer ending this week** 09 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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Veolia Canadian subsidiary and manager acquitted of criminal negligence charges over fatal 2014 explosion 08 January 2018

Veolia Environmental Services and one of its managers have been acquitted of criminal negligence charges over a 2014 workplace explosion at a plant in Sarnia, Ontario, that killed one worker and injured five others. The manager concerned is Anthony Lavoratore, Industrial Services Area Manager at the company....

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Senior US Senator calls for mandatory local authority notification of OSHA serious violation citations 08 January 2018

In the wake of the Verla International cosmetics factory explosion that killed one person and injured more than forty in the town of New Windsor, NY, on November 20, New York Senator Chuck Schumer has called for more coordination between federal and local government agencies when a company is cited for serious health and safety violations....

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India metal plant blast claims four lives 08 January 2018

A boiler explosion at a metal plant in Surampalli near Vijayawada in the southeast Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has killed four workers, with five more listed as critical with between 70% and 15% burns. Local police said the blast, at GS Alloys and Castings, was due to steam pressure build up in one of the plant’s boilers....

Features

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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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