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  • Hazardex 2018 Conference programme now available - Take advantage of the time limited early bird or 2for1 delegate offers

    14 December 2017

    The Hazardex 2018 Conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 28 and March 1. In addition to the expected hazardous area operational safety content, the focus for this edition will be Cybersecurity, IIoT and Industry 4.0, with a keynote from senior HSE and National Cybersecurity Centre figures. Other areas covered include Incident & Risk Management, Functional Safety and Certification & Regulation....

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  • Report into California gas explosion that injured 15 US Marines says training area hazards need to be identified

    12 December 2017

    On September 13, an AAV7 armoured amphibious vehicle that went into a roadside ditch while on a training exercise at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego, punctured a gas main and the ensuing leak caused a 20-foot pillar of flames that engulfed the vehicle. The 15 military personnel inside the vehicle were all injured, with at least nine in critical condition with severe burns immediately after the incident. ...

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  • Worker killed in explosion at UK metal plant

    12 December 2017

    An inquiry has been launched after a man was killed in an explosion at a metal factory in Birmingham. Police said the incident happened at the Timet UK metal smelting plant on the Witton Industrial Estate. West Midlands police launched an investigation and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) started a full inquiry. ...

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  • Gas plant explosion in Austria kills one, injures 18

    12 December 2017

    An explosion on the morning of December 12 at a gas compression and transfer plant at Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna, killed one person, seriously injured another and left a further 17 with lesser injuries, the Austrian Red Cross told local media. The Gas Connect Austria-owned facility has a workforce of around 50, according to Der Spiegel....

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  • Four injured in Vermont aerospace plant dust collector explosion

    11 December 2017

    An outdoor dust collector exploded at the UTC Aerospace Systems plant in Vergennes, Vermont, on December 8, injuring four workers inside the facility, emergency response officials told local news organisations. Four workers were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, with one of these treated for burns....

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UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report into Nortrader hydrogen explosions makes recommendations 11 December 2017

On 13 January 2017, the bulker Nortrader, anchored off Plymouth with a cargo of unprocessed incinerator bottom ash (U-IBA), suffered two explosions in quick succession. The first explosion was in the forecastle store and the second in the cargo hold. The chief engineer, in the forecastle store at the time, suffered second degree burns requiring four months to recover....

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Two killed, seven trapped after explosion in Chinese chemical plant 11 December 2017

Xinhua reports that two persons died while seven others were buried in debris following an explosion at a chemical factory in east China's Jiangsu Province on December 9. A reaction vessel in Workshop 4 of the factory exploded, which led to the collapse of the neighbouring Workshop 6. ...

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Ukraine to develop Chernobyl exclusion zone as massive solar park 08 December 2017

The first solar project at Chernobyl is expected to be commissioned this month, an initial move in ambitious plans by the developers to invest €100 million ($119 million) in solar energy-gathering infrastructure in the radioactive exclusion zone, abandoned since the meltdown of the No.4 reactor at the Ukrainian nuclear power station in 1986....

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Two killed by oil tank explosion in Peru 08 December 2017

On December 6, Petroperu reported that an explosion in a crude oil tank at Station No. 8 on the Nor Peruano Pipeline, located in the province of Jaén, Cajamarca, left two people dead. The deceased were workers employed by a maintenance contractor and a third worker suffered first and second degree burns, Petroperu said....

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Three injured in Arkansas chemical plant blast 08 December 2017

An explosion at the United Initiators plant in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, injured three people, according to the local fire department. The company, which makes peroxide at the site, released a statement saying that a decomposition involving benzoyl peroxide occurred, injuring the workers. Production has stopped and an investigation is under way....

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