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  • Dozens to be punished over China explosion that killed 19

    14 February 2019

    Around 60 people are to be punished for their roles in a chemical plant explosion that killed 19 workers and injured 12 in southwest China's Sichuan Province last July, according to a report from the Xinhua news agency. The blast at the Yibin Hengda Technology Co. in Jiang'an County in the city of Yibin on July 12 caused a direct economic loss of 41.4 million yuan (6.1 million US dollars)....

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  • Explosion at UK logistics facility injures two

    14 February 2019

    Two people remain in a serious but stable condition in hospital after an explosion in Peterborough, central England. Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called to the XPO Logistics facility at an industrial estate in Woodston after a blast was reported in the coldstore. An XPO Logistics spokesman confirmed the blast occurred at a site sub-leased to a customer....

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  • Three seriously injured in explosion at Canadian wood pellet plant

    13 February 2019

    One man was airlifted to hospital in critical condition following a February 11 explosion at a wood pellet production plant in Entwistle, Alberta. Two others are reported to be in serious condition as a result of the blast at the Pinnacle Renewable Energy plant, and local residents said it rocked buildings nearby. Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) are on scene and investigating....

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  • Two killed in Russian steel plant accident

    13 February 2019

    Two workers were trapped in a crane cabin in a deadly blaze following a liquid metal spill at a steel plant in Chelyabinsk, Russia. According to a RT on February 13, the molten metal spilled from a scoop onto the floor of the plant where the mobile crane was operating. An explosion caused by the metal coming into contact with water or ice caused major damage and left the production facility without a roof....

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  • Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Conference - Exhibition only visitors register for free

    13 February 2019

    The speakers and schedule for the Hazardex and PPTex 2019 Conference, to be held on February 27th & 28th 2019 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, have now been confirmed. Time limited delegate offers are available but ending next week. This HAZLOC event is now CPD certified and recognised to issue certificate points to conference attendees....

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Section of Keystone pipeline closed in Missouri due to oil spill 12 February 2019

TransCanada said its Keystone pipeline, which carries Canadian crude to the US, was likely to be the source of an oil spill in Missouri that prompted the company to shut a segment of the line. This disruption comes as US Gulf Coast refiners increased demand for Alberta oilsands crude as an alternative to Venezuelan heavy crude now subject to US sanctions....

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Australian court blocks new mine project in major blow to coal sector 11 February 2019

Developers have lost a court appeal to build a coal mine in Australia’s Hunter Valley over its potentially “dire” environmental impact. In the landmark ruling on February 8, a court denied the appeal on the Rocky Hill project in New South Wales state, citing an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as uncertain economic benefits and adverse social and visual impacts....

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Gas explosion and blaze on major San Francisco boulevard is latest blow for PG&E 07 February 2019

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) faced up to the latest in a string of safety incidents on February 6 when a leak from a gas pipe ignited on a major thoroughfare in San Francisco causing a large blast and fire that consumed at least five buildings. An evacuation order was imposed for people within a block of the site but there were no reports of casualties....

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Dust explosion kills one, injures three at Belgian joinery plant 07 February 2019

On January 25, NWS reported that a dust explosion at the Pouleyn door and window manufacturing company in Anzegem, Belgium, had killed one person and seriously injured a further three. The victims were employees of a company contracted to clean out a silo containing wood shavings. Two of the injured have critical burn injuries....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Exhibition - REGISTER for FREE TODAY 05 February 2019

The Hazardex & PPTex 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 & Trolex with many more companies (listed below) confirmed to exhibit. Spaces are now limited, so get in touch soon if you wish to take a stand at the original and longest established specialist hazardous a...

Features

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A new, hazard-based approach to product safety standards

Clare Gittens of TÜV SÜD Product Service looks at EN 62368-1, which sees us move from a prescriptive and objective method of proving compliance to a more subjective approach, which relies on engineering expertise to identify potential hazards....

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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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Good news from the UK oil & gas sector

Amongst all the gloomy news circulating at the butt-end of 2018, I do have some good cheer to bring you. According to the 29th Oil and Gas survey conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, workforce recruitment is on the rise among oil and gas contractors and 65% of firms expect the level of core staff to increase next year and only 5% expect a fall over the same period. ...

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