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  • Canada wildfire forces mass evacuation in Fort McMurray

    04 May 2016

    The entire population of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray has been forced to evacuate because of a huge wildfire. Some 80,000 people were told to leave as the blaze swept into the city, which is the gateway to the oil sands region. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley called it the biggest evacuation in the history of the province and that the most important priority was to get people safely out of the city....

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  • One injured in Pennsylvania gas pipeline explosion

    03 May 2016

    A large gas pipeline blast in Salem Township, Pennsylvania on May 2 injured one man and damaged two houses. The explosion happened in Spectra Energy's Texas Eastern pipeline, which links the Gulf Coast with shale supply regions in Pennsylvania and major markets in the northeast of the country. The closure of the pipeline led to a spike in prices in a region already hamstrung by a lack of capacity, according to Bloomberg....

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  • OSHA fines US utility and contractor for arc flash incident

    03 May 2016

    The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed fines of $122,780 after a contractor’s employee at Georgia Power's Plant Bowen generating facility was badly burned in an arc flash incident. The ABB Inc. employee suffered second and third-degree burns to his hands, arms and torso....

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  • Scottish chemical industry urges political parties to support shale gas and other growth opportunities

    29 April 2016

    Launching ‘Advantage Scotland’, the chemical industry in Scotland has issued a challenge to all political parties to work with the industry to deliver environmental, social and economic growth....

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  • Eleven killed, two missing in North Sea after Norwegian helicopter crash

    29 April 2016

    Eleven bodies have been recovered after a helicopter carrying oil workers from a platform in the North Sea came down close to the island of Turøy near Bergen. Thirteen people were on board the aircraft, which was ferrying workers to the mainland from Statoil’s Gullfaks B oil platform in the North Sea....

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EDF delays final decision over Hinkley Point nuclear power plant until September 26 April 2016

France's economy minister Emmanuel Macron told French newspaper Journal du Dimanche that the final decision whether or not EDF could build the planned £18bn nuclear station at Hinkley Point would not now be taken until September. This is the latest of many postponements in the controversial project, and casts fresh doubt over the likelihood of the plant starting up in 2025 as planned....

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Organiser of event in Taiwan where 15 were killed by powder explosion receives jail sentence 26 April 2016

The organiser of a party where an explosion in a Taiwan waterpark left 15 dead and 500 injured, 200 seriously, was found guilty of negligence on April 26 and jailed for four years and 10 months. Lu Chung-chi, owner of Colour Play Asia, arranged the event at Formosa Fun Coast where coloured corn starch sprayed on partygoers ignited under the heat of stage lights last June and enveloped partygoers in a fireball....

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Two killed in blast at Bulgarian arms plant 26 April 2016

Two workers were killed in a massive gunpowder explosion on April 25 at the Arsenal  AD armaments and munitions factory in the central Bulgarian town of Kazanlak, according to the company’s press office. Both men, a mechanic and an engineer who were long-term employees of the company, died of burn injuries. ...

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Martin Temple appointed new Chair of HSE 25 April 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Martin Temple as Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Board. Temple has more than 30 years of experience in private and public sector roles, including senior positions at the Sheffield Hospital Trust, EEF Manufacturers’ Organisation and 600 Group....

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Welsh vehicle seat manufacturer fined after worker injured in explosion 25 April 2016

A vehicle seat manufacturing company based in Ebbw Vale has been fined after a worker was injured in an explosion. Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard how an operator at Sears Manufacturing Company (Europe) Limited suffered burns to his head and hands in the 26 January 2015 incident....

Features

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French nuclear power at crossroads

Nuclear energy is the primary source of energy in France, generating 77% of the country’s electricity, the largest share of any country in the world. This situation is due to the French government deciding in 1974, just after the first oil shock, to rapidly expand the country's nuclear power capacity, harnessing the country’s engineering expertise and enabling it to bypass its relative lack of native energy resources....

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SIL 2 – The functionally safe option for oil and gas industry specifiers

The world's oil and gas industry is a strictly regulated, multi-billion dollar enterprise that uses cutting edge technology to improve the performance of operations and eliminate random, systematic and common cause failures. Simon Rooks of Tyco Fire and Integrated Solutions explains how SIL2 is fast becoming a cornerstone of best engineering practice, and provides an insight into the journey of compliance....

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The high cost of gangster capitalism

Pity those workers in countries where political considerations are deemed more important than their safety - their lives, even. A glaring example of this was demonstrated recently in Russia, where methane blasts in the Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta on February 28 killed 36 miners and rescuers, but were deemed unavoidable by officials and politicians....

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