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  • UK fuel firm fined after tanker explosion seriously injures two workers

    18 December 2014

    A national oil and environmental services company has been fined £25,000 after two workers were badly burned in a tanker explosion. One of the men spent three and a half months in hospital and suffered life-changing injuries that left him in a critical condition and mean he is now unable to expose his skin to direct sunlight and is unlikely ever to be able to return to work....

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  • OSHA fines Puerto Rico power company after fatal explosion

    17 December 2014

    On December 16, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a total of 50 citations and fines of $359,000 following an explosion last July that killed two workers and seriously injured two others at a San Juan power station belonging to Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority (PREPA)....

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  • Indonesian steel plant blast injures seven

    16 December 2014

    A December 15 explosion at Krakatau Posco’s steel plant in Cilegon, a city in Banten province on the island of Java, left seven workers injured, according to local media. A Cilegon police spokesman said the accident happened around 1 p.m. and that two of the seven were critically injured....

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  • OSHA cites US subsidiary of French cosmetics company for explosion and chemical hazards

    15 December 2014

    The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a French company with facilities in New Jersey, along with two staffing agencies, over explosion and chemical hazards at its Mine Hill plant 20 miles west of Newark....

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  • Bangladesh oil spill threatens tiger and dolphin sanctuary

    15 December 2014

    On December 11 a tanker carrying 360,000 litres of oil was involved in a collision off the Sundarbans conservation area in south Bangladesh - a heavily protected UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a number of critically endangered species, including the Royal Bengal tiger and the Irrawaddy dolphin. ...

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Gas blast at NE China coal mine kills 10 15 December 2014

Ten people trapped underground after a gas explosion at a coal mine in Jixi City in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province have died, Xinhua said on December 14. Rescuers have retrieved the bodies from the Xingyun Colliery in Jidong County, according to a statement from the provincial production safety supervision and administration bureau....

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News Extra: US airbag recall linked to dangerous explosive inflator 14 December 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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News Extra: Australian mine safety report highlights problems with explosion protected equipment and coal dust 14 December 2014

In the Queensland Mine Safety Performance and Health Report 2013-14, Acting Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health Paul Harrison highlighted a number of problem areas that he said the Mines Inspectorate would be concentrating on in 2014-15. The first involves the increase in explosion protected equipment damage incidents in underground coal mines, which he calls a “disturbing trend”....

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HazardEx Swansea & Ellesmere Port Process Safety Conferences 2015 13 December 2014

CONTACT US NOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 2-FOR-1 DELEGATE PLACES.Process safety engineers, EPCs and consultants. Hazardous area safety conference and complimentary exhibition....

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LNG tanker explosion kills two off Malaysia 12 December 2014

On December 11, Malaysian authorities said an explosion on a tanker killed two crew members. Two other crew members of the tanker DL Calla were injured in the accident, which occurred late on December 10 in the waters off Kuala Terengganu, 450 kilometres north-east of Kuala Lumpur, according to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency....

Features

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Electrostatic hazards and control techniques associated with bulk bags

Bulk bags constructed with woven fabric are very widely used in industry to package, store and ship powder and granular materials. The bags are prone to generating static charge during material loading and unloading operations, and, if allowed to accumulate, an electrostatic discharge could occur from the bag surface. ...

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Why a holistic approach is integral to geo-hazard risk and assessment

A sharp increase in the global energy industry’s demand for specialist, integrated geo-hazard and risk assessment services is a strong sign that the market is starting to recognise the importance of a more holistic approach. Phil Edwards, Head of Survey and Geo-Engineering at LR Senergy, provides an overview of this rising trend, including why operators and contractors need to understand indemnity regimes and audit trails....

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A link between mining deaths in Australia and plunging commodity prices?

The number of work-related deaths in Australian mines rose to 17 in 2013-14. In the previous financial year, no mining deaths were recorded and the total had been falling for eight years since the previous peak in 2005-06, when there were 14 mining deaths. The worst affected states, News South Wales and Western Australia, have begun investigations into this worrying trend. ...

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