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Deodorant aerosol explosion in Baltimore County, Maryland, destroys vehicle, injures driver 02 March 2018

Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Jennifer Peach said an unidentified man at the wheel of his vehicle put on some aerosol deodorant with the air conditioning running and lit a cigarette, causing an explosion which gave him serious burn injuries....

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Rain leaking into US metal plant causes explosion on contact with molten aluminium 02 March 2018

On March 1 after two days of heavy rain, water leaked into the Smelter Service Cooperation plant at Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, and came into contact with molten aluminium, causing a large explosion. Maury County Emergency Management Director Mark Blackwood confirmed one person with severe burns was taken by air ambulance to hospital, and another received minor injuries....

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UK recycling company fined after explosion 02 March 2018

A Sussex-based recycling company has been fined following an explosion and fire at one of their sites. Portsmouth Crown Court heard how a massive explosion occurred at Ereco EMEA Corporation Ltd site on 3 October 2011 in Lingfield, Surrey, following the storage of print toner on site. Eight people were injured as a result of the explosion, five seriously. ...

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Hazardex 2018 Awards for Excellence – **WINNERS ANNOUNCED** 02 March 2018

Over the last decade, the Hazardex Awards for Excellence programme has become a benchmark for those supplying products, services and systems within hazardous areas. The results of the 2018 programme were announced on the evening of February 28 at the Hazardex 2018 Conference and Exhibition at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. ...

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US court blocks Trump administration’s attempt to delay methane leak measures 26 February 2018

The Trump administration must start enforcing an Obama administration rule limiting methane leaks from oil and natural gas drilling on federal land, a US court ruled on February 22. The District Court for the District of Northern California, granted a preliminary injunction against the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), blocking a November action that tried to delay enforcement of the Obama-era rule for one year....

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Texas biomass pellet producer to restart operations following fire 26 February 2018

German Pellets (GPTX) of Port Arthur, Texas, has said it plans to restart operations after repairs and required changes to its storage silos. The pellets in one of its five large silos caught fire and smouldered for two months in early 2017, causing health and air quality issues across the town....

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India pharma plant fire injures seven 26 February 2018

A major fire at a pharmaceuticals manufacturing plant seriously injured seven staff members on February 23 in Jeedimetla, a suburb of Hyderabad in the Indian state of Telangana. Fire and rescue personnel led 20 other staff to safety and extinguished the flames in 90 minutes at the Seutic Pharmaceuticals plant. ...

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Four killed and 11 injured in Indian food factory blast 23 February 2018

Police have arrested one of the directors of Himalaya Fresh Protein in Ghanaur, Punjab, where four workers were killed and 11 injured on February 21 in a huge gas cylinder explosion which led to a leak from an ammonia tank on the factory site. Local residents were evacuated from around the plant, some claiming to be suffering breathing difficulties....

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Mexico ferry explosion injures 25 23 February 2018

At least 25 people were injured when a ferry exploded alongside a pier in Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Caribbean coast. Local officials said 20 Mexicans, three Canadians and two Americans were injured in the incident on February 21, but that none of the injuries were life-threatening....

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Critically injured worker airlifted to hospital after explosion and fire in Spain 23 February 2018

One person, with 80% burns to their body, has been airlifted to hospital by helicopter after an explosion and fire at a concrete plant in southern Spain. A second person was slightly injured in the incident on the El Esparragal industrial estate in Guillena in Andalucia....


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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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