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  • EDF to start legal proceedings over French nuclear plant drone overflights

    31 October 2014

    French utility EDF has said it will start legal proceedings against persons unknown following a number of illegal overflights of its nuclear power stations by unidentified drones, according to Le Figaro. French law forbids aircraft from approaching within a distance of five kilometres and an altitude of 1,000 metres of a nuclear facility. ...

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  • Four injured, two missing in UK firework blast and fire

    31 October 2014

    On October 31, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service announced that a search would be undertaken for two people missing after a large blaze at a fireworks factory which saw four others injured. A specialist team will search the premises of SP Fireworks in Tilcon Avenue, Stafford, to trace the two, who were reportedly in the factory shortly before the explosion on the evening of October 30....

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  • Australian miner’s claim for 1994 disaster compensation dismissed

    30 October 2014

    A man rostered to work the day of a mine disaster in August 1994, when 11 workers lost their lives in an explosion at the Moura No.2 Mine in Central Queensland, has had his compensation claim for psychological damage dismissed, according to a report in Australian Mining....

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  • London safety conference 26/11/14: First class papers, free exhibition, are you registered?

    30 October 2014

    Process safety engineers, EPC's and consultants. Hazardous area safety conference alongside the exhibition which is free to attend.  Why not register to visit or book to be a conference delegate? Hear from industry knowledge leaders...

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  • UK horticultural company fined after fatal greenhouse incident

    29 October 2014

    A horticultural company has been fined after a worker died and three others were seriously injured in an explosion while emptying a pressurised tank used to heat greenhouses. On 24 October, Cantelo Nurseries Ltd of Bradon Farm, Isle Abbotts, Taunton, pleaded guilty to two breaches of health and safety legislation and was fined a total of £80,000 and ordered to pay £59,812 in costs at Taunton Crown Court....

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US vodka distillery explosion blasts worker through wall 28 October 2014

An explosion believed to have been caused by a propane or ethanol leak sparked a fire at the East Bexar County vodka distillery in San Antonio, Texas. Fire crews spent 40 minutes tackling the flames and treating one worker who was sent flying through a wall from the force of the explosion....

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US FLEX nuclear emergency response programme now well advanced 28 October 2014

As part of the US nuclear industry’s ongoing response to the events at Fukushima in 2011, additional portable equipment is being added to all US nuclear sites based on the diverse and flexible coping strategy (FLEX) announced in February 2012 by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to provide mitigation strategies for beyond-design basis external events....

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Potentially dangerous explosive at heart of mammoth US auto airbag recall 28 October 2014

US car safety regulators have expanded a recall of vehicles with potentially dangerous airbags made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata to 7.8 million. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned that owners should take "immediate action" as when deployed, the airbags have the potential to eject deadly shrapnel at passengers....

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UK government rules out public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety 27 October 2014

Calls for a public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety have been rejected by the UK government. The House of Commons Transport Select Committee had recommended a "full and independent" inquiry earlier this year after four people died in a Super Puma crash near Sumburgh in Shetland in August last year....

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Texas oil rig explosion injures five 27 October 2014

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, an explosion at an oil rig east of Cotulla in southern Texas resulted in five employees being airlifted to hospital with burn injuries. The TDPS report says the drillers hit a gas pocket which came to the surface and exploded, according to KGNS.tv....

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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