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  • Three missing after explosion on board Indian oil tanker off Oman

    15 August 2018

    Three sailors are missing and one has suffered burn injuries after a blast on the oil tanker MT Desh Vaibhav on August 14, according to a statement from the vessel’s owner, Shipping Corporation of India. SCI said the vessel was off Oman and bound for Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates when the explosion occurred in one of its cargo tanks....

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  • Detroit steel plant blast injures 15

    14 August 2018

    A blast furnace explosion injured 15 workers at US Steel's Great Lakes Works plant on Zug Island near Detroit on August 10. A day later three were still in hospital, according to a company statement, which confirmed that all those injured were employees of contractor Songer Steel Services. The statement said the incident occurred at the D4 Blast Furnace and involved the dust catcher. ...

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  • Explosion at Brazil steel plant injures 34

    13 August 2018

    A blast at the Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais (Usiminas) plant in western Brazil on August 10 injured 34 people at the plant, according to local news sources, and caused tremors in the nearby town of Ipatinga. The local fire department reported that 25 people were transferred to hospital but none of them was in serious condition. ...

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  • At least seven killed in Pakistan coal mine explosion

    13 August 2018

    A gas explosion trapped 14 labourers in a coal mine in Balochistan, western Pakistan, on August 12. The bodies of seven were brought to the surface on August 13, and local media said the Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority was attempting to retrieve the remaining seven miners from the mine in Sanjadi. There was no news about their chances of survival....

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  • UK defence plant blast kills one, injures another - Updated

    13 August 2018

    An explosion and fire at the Chemring plant in High Post, Salisbury, killed one staff member and injured another on August 10. Wiltshire Police said it was investigating the incident with health and safety officers, and said there was no risk to the public. The plant produces flares, chaff and decoys for military and civilian use....

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Confirmed exhibitors and sponsors at the Hazardex 2019 Conference & Exhibition 12 August 2018

The Hazardex 2019 Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 27th & 28th. The event will be sponsored by PR Electronics and as of April 16, 2018, more than 20 companies (listed below) have confirmed they will be attending. Spaces are limited, so get in touch soon if you wish to take a stand at the only European specialist hazardous area operations event....

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A look forward to the Hazardex 2019 Conference, Exhibition & Awards ceremony 12 August 2018

The 2019 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 27th & 28th. The exhibition stands and packages are now on sale, with a number of exhibitors already signing up for next year's event. ...

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Explosion at South Korean coal-fired power plant kills one, injures four 09 August 2018

An explosion at a coal-fired power station in South Korea on August 8 left one worker dead and four others injured, the Yonhap agency reported. The blast occurred at the plant of energy company GS E&R in the city of Pocheon, about 50 km northeast of Seoul. Police believe that combustible dust could have caused the explosion....

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Explosion and fire at Indian refinery injure 45 09 August 2018

A major fire broke out at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) Mahul refinery in Chembur on August 8, with initial reports claiming 45 workers had been injured, two critically. A BPCL official told local media the fire started due to a blast in the compressor shed of the hydrocracker plant at the refinery....

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US manufacturing plant explosions injure four 08 August 2018

An explosion on August 6 at the Arconic Fastening Systems plant in Rochester, New York State, created a fireball that left two men with critical injuries, police and fire officials told local news organisations. The blast is thought to have occurred when fluid from a leaky hydraulic press touched an ignition source. ...

Features

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Bow-Tie Diagrams in the process industries

Within the process industries Bow-Tie diagrams are becoming increasingly popular as a means of displaying hazards, consequences and the barriers, which prevent realisation of the hazard and mitigate the consequence. In this article, John Martin of ABB explains the background to barrier management, the uses and benefits of Bow-Tie diagrams and methods to ensure they are as useful as possible in whatever hazardous cenario they are employed. ...

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Total Cost of Ownership and the “X” symbol on Ex-lighting

When sourcing explosion-proof lighting for use in hazardous areas, end users and contractors should ensure not only that the lighting meets the appropriate Health & Safety standards, but also that they’ve considered its Total Cost of Ownership or Lifecycle costs. It is also important to understand any implications denoted by an “X” symbol in the product certificate, says Gordon Low of Glamox....

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The Cinderella of the renewable energy sector

Just a few weeks after the UK government rejected plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, the French leader in tidal power, Naval Energies, also announced it was pulling out of the sector. The company was one of the few to have developed tidal turbine energy technology to the industrial launch stage. On 24 July, the company deployed a new 2MW tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy in Canada. ...

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