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Five injured after suspected dust explosion in US 16 March 2020

Five contractors were injured on March 11 after an explosion occurred at the Valley Proteins process plant in Rose Hill, North Carolina. According to local media, three medical helicopters were called to the scene after some of the injured sustained third-degree burns....

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Gas processing plant explosion kills 17, injures 25 in Nigeria 16 March 2020

A blast at a gas processing plant in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, killed at least 15 people and injured 25 others on March 15. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the explosion was caused by a truck hitting gas cylinders near the company’s pipeline. The blast destroyed around 50 buildings in the surrounding area....

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Explosion at Petronas-Aramco refinery in Malaysia kills five 16 March 2020

An explosion and fire at the Pengerang refining complex in Malaysia on March 15 has killed five people. The blast occurred at the plant’s diesel hydrotreater unit, which uses hydrogen to remove sulphur waste from raw diesel....

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Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence – Delegates' Award Winner 13 March 2020

At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the Delegates' Award went to… Librestream for the Cube-Ex certified thermal imaging wearable camera....

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Three injured in explosion at Bulgarian weapons factory 13 March 2020

An explosion at an arms factory in Myglij, Bulgaria injured three people on March 11. The blast happened in a workshop belonging to Arsenal, an arms manufacturer, according to Bulgarian news agency BGNES....

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Chemical plant explosion in Barcelona kills one and injures 13 10 March 2020

One person died and 13 were injured in an explosion at a chemical plant in Barcelona, Spain. The blast occurred around 14:00 local time on March 10 at a chemical plant belonging to Spanish chemical company Proquibasa in La Verneda, an industrial neighbourhood in the north of the city....

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EU imposes sanctions over Turkey’s offshore drilling near Cyprus 10 March 2020

On February 27, the European Union imposed sanctions on two people for their roles in Turkey’s drilling operations off the Cypriot coast. In June 2019, Turkey stoked tensions with the EU after it sent a second drillship, the Yavuz, to Mediterranean waters thought to be rich in natural gas where both Turkey and the internationally recognised government of Cyprus have overlapping martime claims....

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Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence – Contribution to Safety Winner 09 March 2020

At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the award for Contribution to Safety went to… Dron & Dickson for its fully integrated hazardous area products and services....

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Eight agricultural grain explosions occur in US during 2019 09 March 2020

Researchers from the Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering at Purdue University in the US have calculated that there were eight agricultural grain explosions in the US during 2019, four fewer than in 2018. The explosions resulted in one fatality and four injuries....

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UK furniture retailer fined £400,000 for safety breaches 06 March 2020

JB Global, the parent company of UK furniture manufacturer Oak Furnitureland, has been fined £400,000 for breaching health and safety regulations, including DSEAR. Swindon Borough Council said that there was a significant risk of explosion at the Cheney Manor warehouse in Swindon, southwest England....


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HSE UK offshore safety report for 2018

The Offshore Statistics & Regulatory Activity Report for 2018 from the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has shown that most safety trends in offshore oil & gas and wind operations have continued to improve. 2018 was the second consecutive year without a fatality and the longer-term rolling reportable non-fatal injury rate continues to fall on the UK Continental Shelf....

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Utilities company puts handheld gas detection to the test

Launched in 2005, Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has a regulated gas distribution business which includes approximately 35,000 kilometres of gas pipes across Wales and the south west of England. Covering a sixth of the UK, WWU takes care of 2.5 million gas supply points in homes and businesses in a catchment area with a population of 7.5 million people....


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Hazardex March: Editor's comment

Since taking over as Editor of Hazardex, I have made a conscious effort to seek out the latest developments regarding hazardous area-related research being conducted at universities and organisations around the world....

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