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  • Cisco warns of Russian cyber attack on Ukraine and other countries

    23 May 2018

    Cisco Systems warned on May 23 that hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries with sophisticated malicious software - activity Ukraine said was preparation for a future Russian cyber attack. In an interview with Reuters, Cisco cyber unit Talos Outreach director Craig Williams attributed the hacking campaign to Russia....

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  • Hawaii volcanic eruption threatens geothermal power plant

    23 May 2018

    Lava flows from the volcano Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island, which started erupting on May 3, are now threatening a geothermal power plant. On May 23, officials said they were closely monitoring the situation at the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), which supplies a quarter of the island’s electricity....

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  • Trump administration to rescind most safety regulations proposed after fatal West explosion

    22 May 2018

    Five years after the fatal explosion of the West Fertilizer plant in Texas, which killed 15 and injured 260, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced proposed rules that will not include many of the Obama administration regulations the agency had proposed for chemical plants in the wake of the explosion....

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  • The Hackitt Review – British Safety Council voices support and concerns

    21 May 2018

    The British Safety Council (BSC) has issued its response to the inquiry led by Dame Judith Hackitt: Building a Safer Future, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.The BSC said it welcomed many recommendations in the final report, but said it had concerns over other issues....

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  • IWCF introduces e-certificates for increased speed and security

    21 May 2018

    The International Well Control Forum (IWCF) will issue all certificates online, creating significant savings for training providers and greater overall assurance in the oil and gas industry....

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UK Electrotechnical JIB report shows 90% decrease in industry accidents since 2001 21 May 2018

The latest Electrotechnical JIB Survey of Accidents at Work has shown that the 2017 accident incidence rate (AIR) for RIDDOR-reportable accidents is less than 10% of what it was in 2001. Of the 17 reportable injuries in 2017, there were no fatalities and none of the injuries were due to contact with electricity. However, 11 were the result of falls or trips at height or at ground level. ...

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Texas chemical plant explosion and fire injures 21 21 May 2018

On May 19, specialty chemical manufacturer Kuraray America confirmed that a fire had occurred at the company’s EVAL facility in Pasadena, Texas, and that 21 individuals were transported to off-site medical facilities for treatment. Local media reported that many of the casualties had burn injuries....

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Large oil spill affects Montana Native American reservation 17 May 2018

Trucks have removed more than 1,400 tons of contaminated soil following a large oil spill on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, The Billings Gazette reported. An estimated 600 barrels of oil and 90,000 barrels of brine (production water) leaked from an Anadarko Minerals wellhead that was shut in and last inspected in December....

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Taiwan chemical company managers receive sentences of four years and more for fatal Kaohsiung explosions 14 May 2018

On May 11, Kaohsiung District Court handed down jail terms ranging from four years to four years and 10 months to 12 defendants, including ex-LCY Chemical Corp. chairman Bowei Lee, for negligent homicide caused by the explosions in Kaohsiung nearly four years ago which killed more than 30....

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Michigan magnesium company had history of safety violations before explosion - Updated 14 May 2018

The automotive parts factory where an explosion injured two workers on May 2 has a history of recent safety violations, according to local media. State safety documents show the violations included separate incidents in which employees suffered burns at the Eaton Rapids plant, which is owned and operated by Meridian Magnesium Products of America....

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How Ex certified robots are finding a niche in remote and hazardous oil and gas sites

It is perhaps surprising that although robots have been making cars for decades and are roaming the surface of Mars, we do not see them at onshore oil and gas facilities. Of course tethered, remotely operated vehicles are widely used by the subsea sector, but they have never made the evolutionary step onto land.  That is about to change, says Ian Peerless of ExRobotics. ...

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How the latest localisation beacon technology is helping Lufthansa’s journey towards Industry 4.0

German airline Lufthansa is seeking to develop the full potential of expanded organisational information flowing from the new technologies we group together under the Industry 4.0 banner. One important element of this is the integratation of the latest mobile and beacon technology to capture location, tracking and sensor data from the people, assets and systems within its operations....

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UK industry faces engineering workforce shortfall

A report into the UK engineering labour market published by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) reveals the challenges facing the industry’s workforce now and in the future, including the likely retirement of one in five UK engineers by 2026....

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