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Hinkley Point C construction to continue, but workforce reduced to half 25 March 2020

EDF Energy has said it will reduce the size of its workforce at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project in Somerset, UK due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From March 24, the workforce at Britain’s largest construction site will drop from 4,500 to around 2,000 as remaining skilled workers concentrate on critical areas and work in shifts with extra transport and staggered breaks to minimise contact....

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China restricts new mine tailings dams to improve safety, reduce environmental risk 24 March 2020

China’s Ministry of Emergency Management has said that the country will limit the number of new tailings dams built from mining projects in order to reduce environmental and safety risks. The use of existing tailings dams would also be limited, the ministry said in a notice posted online on March 20....

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French chemical company charged over 2019 plant fire 23 March 2020

The French subsidiary of US chemical company Lubrizol has been charged with pollution and failing to meet safety standards after an explosion and fire at its plant in Rouen, northern France. The blaze at the lubricant plant in September and October 2019 produced a thick black cloud for several days that spread across the region and caused nausea, headaches, and vomiting amongst locals....

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Eight dead, nine injured after fireworks factory blast in India 23 March 2020

An explosion at a fireworks factory killed eight people and injured nine others on March 20. The incident occurred near Sattur in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu....

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Coal mine explosion kills seven, injures three in Pakistan 23 March 2020

Seven miners were killed and three were injured on March 20 after an explosion at a coal mine 60 miles (100 kilometres) outside of Quetta, western Pakistan. Mining authorities have opened an investigation into the incident while local media reports the blast was likely caused by a build-up of methane gas....

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HSE UK offshore safety report for 2018

The Offshore Statistics & Regulatory Activity Report for 2018 from the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has shown that most safety trends in offshore oil & gas and wind operations have continued to improve. 2018 was the second consecutive year without a fatality and the longer-term rolling reportable non-fatal injury rate continues to fall on the UK Continental Shelf....

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Utilities company puts handheld gas detection to the test

Launched in 2005, Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has a regulated gas distribution business which includes approximately 35,000 kilometres of gas pipes across Wales and the south west of England. Covering a sixth of the UK, WWU takes care of 2.5 million gas supply points in homes and businesses in a catchment area with a population of 7.5 million people....

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Hazardex March: Editor's comment

Since taking over as Editor of Hazardex, I have made a conscious effort to seek out the latest developments regarding hazardous area-related research being conducted at universities and organisations around the world....

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