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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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North Sea will need 40,000 new skilled recruits in next 20 years - report 14 May 2018

A report into UK oil and gas workforce dynamics by global energy skills body OPITO and Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute indicates that more than 40,000 new people will need to be recruited into the industry over the next 20 years, including 10,000 in posts that do not exist today....

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Poland’s PGE shelves nuclear power plans in favour of offshore wind 14 May 2018

PGE, Poland’s largest power group, has decided to abandon its leading role in building the country’s first nuclear power plant and will instead focus investment on offshore wind energy. According to Reuters, state-owned refiner PKN Orlen could take over PGE’s stake in the nuclear project, while the latter concentrates on a $10bn offshore wind power development....

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Hazardex announces the launch of PPTex supplement – July 2018 09 May 2018

Why we focus on PPT not PPE in general?   ...

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South African mining companies agree $400m compensation for silicosis 04 May 2018

Mining companies have agreed a 5bn rand ($400m) compensation deal for tens of thousands of South African miners who contracted deadly lung diseases while working underground. The miners contracted silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by inhaling dust from gold-bearing rocks. ...

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South African gold miners die in earthquake 04 May 2018

Four miners were killed and three others reported missing underground after an earthquake hit the Masakhane gold mine west of Johannesburg, the Sibanye-Stillwater company said on May 4. Thirteen miners were initially trapped about 2.6km below the surface but rescuers managed to get several of them out, a company spokesperson said....

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Michigan magnesium plant fire injures two 04 May 2018

Two people were injured and nearly 150 workers were evacuated from an auto parts plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, on May 2 after a fire and a series of explosions. The blaze at Meridian Magnesium, the city’s largest employer, was extinguished within 24 hours but the main building suffered serious damage, with part of the roof blown off....

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Japanese conglomerate seeks to reduce exposure to UK nuclear project 02 May 2018

Hitachi will ask the UK government to take a direct stake in the company that is to build and operate a nuclear power plant in Wales which is now 100% owned by the Japanese industrial group. Hitachi expects the government to invite private British companies to participate and hopes to reduce its own stake to less than 50%, according to Japan’s Nikkei news agency....

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CSB gives update on fatal Wisconsin grain mill blast 02 May 2018

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) held a news conference on April 30 to give an update on its investigation into a grain dust explosion in May 2017, which killed five workers and injured 14 others at Didion Milling in Cambria, Wisconsin....

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Quarter of oil and gas senior managers express safety fears 01 May 2018

A quarter of senior managers in the oil and gas sector believe safety management is not effective, according to a study. The report - from the risk management specialists DNV GL - questioned more than 800 senior managers and technical specialists around the world and found that while 38% felt safety management was effective, 26% of the respondents disagreed....


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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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