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  • Canadian railway researching concept of bitumen bricks as safer alternative for oil transport

    13 November 2018

    Canadian National Railway (CN) recently filed a patent for a new technology that could help make oil transportation by rail safer. The process involves mixing and wrapping bitumen, one of the products extracted from Canada’s oilsands, with a layer of polymer, transforming the heavy crude into solid bricks that are easy to transport and will not leak or sink in water....

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  • Montana trucking company owner jailed for his part in 2012 oil plant explosion

    12 November 2018

    A Montana trucking company owner has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after being convicted of criminal charges stemming from an explosion at an oil processing plant. A US District court also ordered Donald Wood of Woody's Trucking to pay $1.3 million in penalties and restitution after three workers were seriously injured in the 2012 explosion at Custom Carbon Processing Inc. near the town of Wibaux....

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  • Two killed in Utah potash plant incident

    12 November 2018

    Two men were electrocuted on November 10 and a third man was critically injured in an industrial accident in Utah. The three men were working at the Intrepid potash plant south of Moab in San Juan County when the industrial equipment they were operating touched a power line, the local sheriff's office reported....

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  • Two Vietnamese killed in factory explosion in South Korea

    12 November 2018

    An explosion at a plant in eastern South Korea on November 10 killed two Vietnamese and injured two other Vietnamese workers, Yonhap reported. The two dead workers are presumed to have been killed inside a tank, a fire official said. The company, Foosung Precision Industry Co. in Wonju, which is 130 kilometres east of Seoul, makes fluoropolymer-lined tanks, pipes and valves....

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  • China chemical plant blasts kill twelve

    12 November 2018

    An explosion at a chemical fertiliser plant in Xinle city in North China's Hebei Province left six dead and seven injured on November 7. A gas furnace at the Hebei Jinwantai Chemical Fertilizer LLC exploded at about 3:10 p.m., according to a statement on Weibo by the local information office....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 - Conference speakers released 09 November 2018

The majority of speakers for the Hazardex and PPTex 2019 Conference, to be held on February 27th & 28th 2019 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, is now released. The full final program in detail will follow shortly. Next year will be The Year of Process Safety Leadership, and this will be a major area of focus for the conference....

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South Africa chemical plant explosion injures four 09 November 2018

Four people were injured on November 8 after an explosion at a chemical factory in Boksburg, Johannesburg. Parts of the factory were completely destroyed and local fire services said five fire engines and about 25 firefighters were on the scene until the subsequent blaze was contained. ...

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UK companies fined after workers injured by gas mains fire 09 November 2018

A major UK gas distribution company and a Kent based construction company have been fined after a gas main ignited whilst it was being repaired, injuring two workers. Southern Gas Networks Plc, which had pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, was fined £1.2million and ordered to pay costs of £18,975.43. ...

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Toshiba's UK withdrawal puts Cumbria nuclear plant in doubt 08 November 2018

Toshiba plans to wind up its UK nuclear business after failing to find a buyer, dealing a potentially fatal blow to plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria. The Japanese engineering giant said it would take a 18.8bn Japanese yen (£125m) hit from closing its NuGen subsidiary, which was to have built a nuclear power station at Moorside near Sellafield in Cumbria. ...

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UK regulator says country has oil reserves for at least 20 years of production 08 November 2018

The UK has enough oil reserves to sustain production for the next 20 years and beyond, according to a new industry report by the sector’s regulatory body. The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has estimated overall remaining recoverable reserves and resources of between 10 and 20 billion barrels. However, it said significant investment was required in new field developments for untapped potential to be realised....

Features

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Raising the standard in safety culture: ISO 45001

Health and safety is not just the responsibility of a management team or department. Sharing that responsibility amongst all employees is the first step in influencing organisational culture. Workers must actively participate in the development and ongoing management of health and safety systems. In this article, Mike Wood of Acclaim looks at how to change the safety culture within an organisation, with specific reference to ISO 45001....

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On-scene HAZMAT response with a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer

Responders rely first on their knowledge and experience, and then on the tools in their toolkit to keep themselves and the public safe. Chemical scenes can be chaotic and getting actionable information quickly is vital. Unknowns can be incredibly dangerous. Having the right tools in the toolkit and understanding their capabilities is critical to mission success. ...

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The opportunity for wearable technology in PPE

We are all familiar with the way that the internet has changed the way we communicate, work, socialise and play over the last two decades.  The internet is now generating the beginnings of a second seismic shift – the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) which will fundamentally change your workplace as well as your home. ...

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