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  • Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister killed by striking miners

    26 August 2016

    Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes has been beaten to death by striking miners after volunteering to mediate with them to end a long-standing industrial dispute. Illanes was "savagely beaten", defence minister Reymi Ferreira told a local television station, and the Bolivian Government has demanded the return of his body. ...

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  • Coal gasification furnace explosion kills two workers in Nghe An

    26 August 2016

    According to VietNamNet Bridge on August 25, an explosion at a coal gasification furnace at Trung Do Granite brick factory in the central Nghe An Province has killed two workers. They were immediately given first aid at Nghe An General Hospital and then moved to the Hanoi National Burns Hospital where both died of their severe injuries....

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  • Hazardex 2017 exhibition stands, last TWO available, book now!

    26 August 2016

    Following the success of the 2016 Conference & Exhibition, there are just a handful of exhibition stands remaining for the Hazardex 2017 event. Please contact us promptly if you are potentially interested in exhibiting next year as the remaining stands are likely to sell out in the next few weeks. Call +44 (0) 1732 359990 or email events@imlgroup.co.uk for more information. ...

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  • Explosion at Bangladesh fertiliser plant leaves 200 needing medical treatment

    24 August 2016

    On the night of August 24, 300 metric tonnes of ammonia gas spread out over the port city of Chittagong after a 500 tonne gas tank at the Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) DAP-1 fertiliser plant exploded. At least 200 people needed medical treatment after inhaling the gas, local officials said on August 25. ...

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  • One killed, three injured in Romanian refinery fire

    23 August 2016

    According to an account on SeeNews, Romania's Rompetrol Rafinare Petromidia refinery is operating at reduced capacity after an explosion in its vacuum distillation plant on the night of August 22 that killed one worker and injured another three. A company spokesperson said the results of air sampling operations indicated there was no risk to staff or local communities following the incident....

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UK offshore safety shows signs of improvement 22 August 2016

The 2016 Oil & Gas UK Health & Safety report says personal safety performance throughout the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector continued to improve in 2015. There were no reported fatalities on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in 2015, and reportable injury rates for the offshore oil and gas industry, which are calculated via a metric set by Oil & Gas UK, were lower than a number of other sectors, including manufacturing....

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Research by US university shows bacteria could plug oil and gas leaks 22 August 2016

Montana State University researchers have shown that biofilm- and mineral-producing bacteria can stop tiny, hard-to-reach leaks in underground oil and gas wells. In a recent experiment, researchers from MSU’s Center for Biofilm Engineering used bacteria to seal microscopic fissures in a test well’s casing, which consisted of metal pipe reinforced by cement....

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Malaysia's Petronas Chemicals says two killed by ammonia leak at plant 19 August 2016

On August 16 an ammonia leak at a Petronas plant in Sipitang in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah killed two workers and injured three others. The incident happened at Petronas Chemicals Fertiliser Sabah Sdn Bhd and the leak was contained soon after, the company said in a statement. The incident posed no immediate threat to the surrounding communities or environment the company said....

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Nicaragua refinery fire causes significant oil pollution 19 August 2016

A massive refinery fire at the Puma Energy facility on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast has contaminated sensitive nearby coastal habitats, according to local reports, with an oil slick contaminating half a square mile of water and soil. The fire, which started on August 17,  consumed the contents of two of the refinery’s four huge fuel tanks at Puerto Sandino, some 70km northwest of the capital Managua....

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Eight injured after explosion at Louisiana power plant 19 August 2016

On August 18, a gas pipeline explosion at Entergy's Michoud facility in New Orleans injured eight, one of them seriously, authorities said. The explosion occurred when construction equipment struck a 20-inch gas line at the plant, which is in the process of being dismantled. The seriously injured man, an Entergy employee, was airlifted to hospital after having been dug out of a hole 10 feet deep....

Features

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Safety Intelligence and Chronic Unease

What makes a good manager for industrial safety? Psychologists who study hazard management have long been interested in this question. In this article for Hazardex, Rhona Flin, Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, examines some new approaches to this perennial puzzle, particularly in relation to senior managers.  ...

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Drone operations in hazardous areas

A recent report by consultancy group PwC estimates that the use of drones could lead to disruption in $125bn worth of traditional industries. Drones are expected to replace those humans who have previously climbed ladders or dangled from ropes to assess everything from industrial inspection to insurance assessment. Now, a French company is offering ATEX-certified drones for use in potentially explosive environments....

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An industrial strategy that might actually help industry

Greg Clark, the UK’s new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, seems to be taking the final element of his title seriously. His surprise announcement that the UK government will conduct a new review into the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project shows that Theresa May’s new cabinet understands that joined-up thinking in industrial policy will be vital in securing the country’s economic future post-Brexit....

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