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  • HSE confirms unexploded military device still in place near Ninian Central platform in North Sea

    20 October 2017

    The UK Health and Safety Executive has confirmed that an unexploded device, discovered in August near the Ninian Central platform in the North Sea, has yet to be removed. The device, believed to be a depth charge, was discovered by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) while carrying out a routine inspection around the rig, according to platform operator Canadian Natural Resources (CNR). ...

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  • Russian future combat suit accessories now include nuclear explosion-resistant wristwatch

    19 October 2017

    Back in June, a division of the Russian state corporation Rostec introduced its ‘Ratnik’ future combat suit complete with armoured digital helmet with information screen and face protection mask, bulletproof neck protector, light titanium exoskeleton, flexible body armour and protective footgear. In October it also introduced a mechanical watch designed to withstand the electronic pulses of a nuclear blast....

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  • Ghanaian tanker drivers blame high propane content in LPG as cause of recent explosions

    17 October 2017

    According to GhanaWeb, the Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Truck Drivers is blaming the high propane content in gas from the Atuabo processing plant as the cause of recent gas explosions during discharge at filling stations in the country. The most recent explosion, at Atomic Junction in a suburb of Accra on October 7, killed seven and injured at least 132....

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  • South Korean shipyard fatal explosion investigators seek arrest warrants for five

    17 October 2017

    On October 16, investigators sought arrest warrants for five people in connection with an explosion at the shipyard of STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in August that claimed the lives of four workers. Yonhap said Coast Guard investigators requested the warrants for the five — four of them STX workers and the other the head of a partner firm. ...

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  • Hazardex in the Regions 2017 Antwerp - BOOK YOUR COMPLIMENTARY DELEGATE PLACES

    17 October 2017

    We are pleased to announce that the next Hazardex in the Regions event will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, on November 29th, 2017. This event will be co-located with PEFTEC - the event for petroleum, refining & environmental monitoring technologies. **20 complimentary delegates places** available, contact us to secure yours!...

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One missing, seven injured in Louisiana oil rig explosion 16 October 2017

One person is missing and seven have been hospitalised after an oil rig explosion and fire in Lake Pontchartrain, north of New Orleans, late on October 15. Officials at a news conference said all those injured in the explosion were either on the rig or an adjacent barge and that cleaning operations were being undertaken on the rig at the time of the blast....

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Turkey arrests four over fatal explosion at Tupras refinery 16 October 2017

Turkish authorities have arrested four people over the October 11 explosion at the Tupras refinery in Izmir province which killed four workers, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. A further three have been released on probation. The report gave no details of what charges the four may face....

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Three injured in Maine agricultural chemical explosion 13 October 2017

Three people were hospitalised after an explosion at an agricultural building in Detroit, Maine on October 11, according to state police. Fire investigators said the explosion took place in an empty, 86-foot tall silo used to store sulphur. Two of the casualties were both on top of the silo cleaning out accumulations of dust and sulphur when a spark from a shovel set off the explosion....

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Hazardex 2018 Awards for Excellence – Nominations now open 11 October 2017

The Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 28 & March 1 2018, will feature a hazardous area and process safety awards programme to highlight examples of excellence across the sector. Entry is free, and this is the ideal opportunity to reward those companies and individuals you think most deserve recognition for the most innovative products, systems and services....

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Hazardex 2018 Conference and Exhibition 10 October 2017

The 2018 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition will be taking place once again at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK on February 28 and March 1. The two-day Conference & Exhibition, which also includes workshops, a networking dinner and awards ceremony, aims to strengthen and expand the community that looks to the Hazardex website and journal for industry intelligence and information....

Features

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UK Process Safety Forum - Sharing experience across high hazard sectors

Sharing lessons from incidents and near-misses has always been challenging.  We live and work in an increasingly litigious society, one where caution can mean giving away as little as possible.  Sharing information can be stifled by different legal situations, for example where there may be a pending criminal prosecution.  Despite this, organisations have much to gain from sharing safety information with others....

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Digitalising the Oil & Gas industry

According to a report by DNV GL – a technical consultant to the Oil & Gas, Energy and Maritime sectors - it is believed by the year 2025 we will see an upstream Oil & Gas industry where technologies such as fully-automated drilling operations, autonomous inspection of pipelines and rig-less plugging and abandonment of wells will be in operation....

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Honesty about potential high hazard plant risk may be wiser than dissimulation

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey highlights some of the problems facing high hazard industry regulation in Texas and the USA. Arkema, which owns the plant on the outskirts of Houston where a number of explosions and fires broke out after flooding caused by the hurricane, is now at the centre of a legal maelstrom centred on the company's refusal to give details of the hazardous chemicals it held on site....

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