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  • Third China mine explosion in a week brings death toll to 60

    07 December 2016

    Seven coal miners are confirmed dead and another four still missing after a gas explosion in a mine in the central province of Hubei, Chinese authorities said on December 7. Rescuers were still trying to reach the missing miners and are pumping air into the mine shaft to aid the rescue effort. Five miners were able to escape immediately after the blast....

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  • Deal secured to keep Tata Steel’s Port Talbot steel plant open, UK unions say

    07 December 2016

    A deal to secure jobs and production at Port Talbot and other steelworks across the UK has been made with Tata Steel, trade union sources have confirmed. This follows talks involving representatives from Community, Unite and the GMB at the Port Talbot steelworks on December 7....

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  • South Carolina plastics plant explosion kills at least one

    07 December 2016

    A blast at the DAK Americas plant at Gaston in Lexington County, SC, killed at least one worker and injured several others, the local coroner’s office said. The plant makes a range of fibre, plastic and resins and has 430 employees....

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  • Massive fire at ENI refinery in northern Italy blankets surrounding area in smoke cloud

    02 December 2016

    A fire broke out at the Sannazzaro de' Burgondi refinery near Pavia just before 4pm local time on December 1. The refinery, owned by Italy's national oil company, ENI, is one of the biggest in Italy. The company said nobody was injured and there had not been an explosion, but local media reported an eight km-long cloud of black smoke over the area and said that local authorities were monitoring air quality....

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  • Fire at explosives factory could have killed more than 18 in South India

    02 December 2016

    Reports on December 2 in local media said at least 18 people were dead after a fire and blast at an explosives factory near Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu the previous day. The fire started in one of four manufacturing units at the factory and caused a huge explosion, which could be heard 5km from the factory and created panic in the surrounding area. ...

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Chernobyl NSC containment arch moved into place in historic engineering feat 29 November 2016

Reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the scene of the worst nuclear accident in history, has been enclosed by a vast steel shelter designed to prevent radiation leaks from the site. The process of sliding the arched structure into place to shield the damaged reactor started on November 14 and took over a week to complete....

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12 confirmed dead following east China factory explosion 29 November 2016

A total of 12 missing people were killed in an explosion on November 8 at a factory in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui, local authorities said. The explosion occurred in a workshop at Dongfeng Mechanical and Electrical Science Co. in Shucheng County, according to Xinhua. ...

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Explosion at Brazil insecticide factory injures 16 29 November 2016

An explosion in an aerosol factory on the outskirts of Sao Paulo injured at least 16 people on November 28, according to local sources. Images in local media showed towering flames and thick clouds of black smoke rising from the factory in Diadema, about 20 kilometres south of the city centre....

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Hazardex 2017 Conference programme, papers announced - 2-FOR-1 & Early-bird delegate offers now available 29 November 2016

The Hazardex 2017 International Conference & Exhibition will take place on March 2 & 3 at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. Details of the conference programme are provided below. Please note that the programme is subject to change, and may be amended at any time before the conference. Click on the title of the paper below to see a synopsis....

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At least 67 workers killed in China power plant scaffolding collapse 24 November 2016

At least 67 workers have been killed in China after a scaffolding platform in an unfinished power plant cooling tower collapsed. One worker remained trapped hours after the incident at the Fengcheng power plant in eastern China’s Jiangxi province, the semi-official Xinhua news agency reported, and a further two were in hospital. ...

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