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  • Hazardex London Process Safety conference 26/11/14: 2-FOR-1 OFFER

    25 November 2014

    CONTACT US NOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 2-FOR-1 DELEGATE PLACES. Process safety engineers, EPC's and consultants. Hazardous area safety conference alongside the exhibition which is free to attend.  Why not register to visit ...

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  • Bradford warehouse blast traps two

    24 November 2014

    An explosion at a warehouse in Bradford, West Yorkshire, left two people trapped when part of the building collapsed. The blast happened at Range Storage and Material Handling Equipment in Parry Lane, on the afternoon of November 24. Two women, aged 19 and 35, were rescued and treated for shock. Forty people were evacuated from nearby buildings....

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  • California wastewater plant explosion hospitalises 52

    24 November 2014

    On November 18 an explosion at the Santa Paula wastewater facility north west of Los Angeles sent 52 people to local hospitals, including 10 firefighters. All but two were quickly treated and released and no injuries were considered life-threatening. Most of the injured complained of burning eyes and breathing difficulties....

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  • London hotel blast injures 14

    24 November 2014

    An explosion at the Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel in Portman Square, central London, caused part of the building to collapse, injuring 14 and leading to the evacuation of 500 guests. The blast, late on the night of November 21, is thought to have happened in the hotel’s basement kitchens and has left a large hole in the side wall. ...

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  • Two critically injured in Oklahoma gas plant blast

    21 November 2014

    An explosion at the DCP Straight gas compressor station 13 miles northeast of Guymon, Oklahoma, seriously injured two workers in the facility, according to the Guymon Fire Department. Fire crews called to the scene of the November 20 incident said four DCP workers were at the site when the building that housed drying operations suddenly exploded. ...

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No criminal charges to be brought after fatal Florida jail explosion 21 November 2014

A grand jury in Miami has concluded that there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges over the April 30 explosion at a Florida jail that killed two inmates and seriously injured a guard. More than 180 others were injured in the blast, which was caused by a spark from an unknown source that ignited natural gas, according to a report by the State Attorney's Office....

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Explosion on Gulf of Mexico rig kills one, injures three 21 November 2014

An explosion on Fieldwood Energy's Echo platform in the Gulf of Mexico on November 20 killed one person and injured three others, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the US offshore safety agency. The explosion occurred in 220 feet of water in the West Delta field, about 12 miles (19 km) off the coast of New Orleans....

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Expert claims financial problems at reactor supplier could scupper Hinkley Point C project 20 November 2014

A deal to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset may not go ahead, an expert has claimed. EDF Energy is due to build the £25bn plant, which would be the first in the UK in almost 20 years. Steve Thomas, professor of energy policy at the University of Greenwich, said: "The project is at very serious risk of collapse at the moment." ...

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INEOS moves to become biggest player in UK shale gas industry 20 November 2014

On November 20, Swiss-based chemical giant INEOS announced it was planning to invest $1 billion (£640 million) in UK shale gas exploration and appraisal over a period of four to five years. INEOS chairman Jim Ratcliffe said substantial further investment would follow if the company subsequently moved into development and production. ...

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Chemical leak at DuPont plant in Texas kills four 17 November 2014

Workers investigating a valve leak at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte, Texas, were overcome by a poisonous gas and four were confirmed dead on November 15. A fifth worker was hospitalised and later released. DuPont said the leak posed no danger to the community outside the plant, and that it is cooperating with authorities while conducting its own investigation....

Features

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Grain dust explosions: risks, standards and protection

This article from Italian safety equipment manufacturer Cortem looks into the explosion risks inherent in storing grain and other fine particle food products, the safety standards that apply to the sector and the types of equipment suitable for different zones....

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Gas sampling for cattle methane emissions

Researchers in Denmark have measured the quantities of greenhouse gases in the breath of dairy cows and demonstrated a heritable variability between individual animals.  “This means that we have an opportunity to select for breeding those individuals which will produce offspring that generate less methane,” says Dr Jan Lassen who led the research project on individual methane measurements from dairy cows at Aarhus University in Denmark....

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UK nuclear and renewables problems point to long-term energy insecurity

The UK’s proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been opposed by environmental groups and campaigners who consider the billions to be paid to underwrite the construction of the plant and pay for the electricity generated will be a colossal waste of money....

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