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  • Chevron pipeline closed after fatal incident

    17 September 2014

    Chevron Pipe Line Co. closed an Gulf of Mexico offshore gas pipeline after an incident on September 13 left a contract worker dead and two others injured. The pipeline links Gulf of Mexico production facilities to the Henry Hub storage and delivery point at Erath in Louisiana....

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  • Aberdeen safety conference next month: Book your delegate places or register for the exhibition now

    16 September 2014

    Hazardex in the Regions conference & exhibitions are to run again in 2014 & 2015. Dates/locations so far include: Aberdeen 08/10/14 Central London 26/11/14 Swansea 28/01/15 Ellesmere Port 25/02/15 Rotterdam 25/03/15 ...

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  • Hydrogen production breakthrough could herald cheap green energy

    15 September 2014

    Scientists have taken a major step forward in the production of hydrogen from water which could lead to a new era of cheap, clean and renewable energy. Chemists from the University of Glasgow report in a new paper in Science on September 12 on a new form of hydrogen production which is 30 times faster than the current state-of-the-art method....

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  • Dust explosion at Nestlé Purina plant in Arizona injures four

    15 September 2014

    Four contractors carrying out welding work in a grain elevator at a Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff, Arizona, ignited grain dust which triggered a blast on September 15, the Arizona Republic reported. The explosion blew out a metal door and caused a brief fire, as well as injuring the four contractors. Two have severe burns, a City Fire Department spokesman said....

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  • Furnace water leak causes Iranian steel plant explosion

    15 September 2014

    On September 13 the furnace of Iran's Keyvan Ardakan Steel Plant exploded, causing serious damage to the plant. No casualties were reported, Iran's IRNA News Agency said on September 14. The exact reason of the explosion is still unclear, but reports suggest that a water leak caused the blast at the plant, which produces metal bars from scrap metal....

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UK HSE publishes updated explosives regulations 12 September 2014

The UK Health & Safety Executive's Explosives Regulations 2014 will come into force on 1 October 2014, and the Approved Code of Practice to the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 will be withdrawn....

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UK company fined £400,000 for causing rail worker electrocution 10 September 2014

Balfour Beatty Rail Projects Ltd was fined £350,000 on September 9 and ordered to pay costs of £50,000 following a prosecution by the UK Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). The company has been found guilty of breaching health and safety law, and causing a rail worker to suffer serious burns after coming into contact with the 25000 volt overhead lines near Cricklewood in March 2011....

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Explosion at German solvent recycling plant 10 September 2014

A huge blast and fire at the Bergolin chemical facility at Ritterhude near Bremen in north-western Germany late on September 9 resulted in one person being severely burned and extensive damage to a nearby residential area, according to DPA. Several local residents were slightly injured, police and firefighters said....

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US pressure groups claim further safety and labour violations bv Apple suppliers in China 09 September 2014

A report by China Labor Watch and Green America published on September 5 claimed that Taiwan-headquartered Catcher Technology was responsible for 22 separate labour violations at its factory in Suqian in eastern China, where about 20,000 workers produce metal casings for Apple and other electronics companies....

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Australian ammonium nitrate truck explosion injures eight 08 September 2014

A truck carrying more than 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertiliser crashed  and exploded 30km south of Charleville in Queensland on September 5. Eight people, including a police officer and four firefighters, were injured in the blast, which destroyed two firefighting vehicles and two bridges, one road and one rail....

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Improving environmental safety through responsible monitoring

The escape of chemical pollutants into the environment either by air or water can pose a major environmental risk, not just on an industrial site but also to the surrounding area. For this reason, sites need to be carefully monitored so that emissions are accurately measured not only at known points of discharge, such as stacks and drainpipes, but also any other areas where there is a possibility of leakage. This article from ABB looks at some of the issues that need to be considered....

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A new enhanced oil recovery concept: wind powered water injection

DNV GL is proposing a new concept that combines mature water injection technology with the newest developments in offshore wind power to achieve more cost effective Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). Initial studies show it will reduce the cost of water injection, avoid costly topside modifications and reduce greenhouse gas emissions....

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Problems at US pilot facility highlight challenges facing underground nuclear waste disposal

A serious accident in February 2014 at the United States’ only deep storage repository for nuclear waste has still to be satisfactorily explained. Five months later, scientists still do not know what caused the explosion of a barrel of nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico....

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