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Explosion kills one, injures nine at Brod oil refinery in northern Bosnia 10 October 2018

A powerful explosion on October 9 at the oil refinery in Brod in northern Bosnia-Herzegovina killed one worker and injured another 9, authorities said. The explosion was followed by a significant fire that firefighters fought to contain. ...

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Ukraine ammunition depot fires and explosions cause mass evacuation 09 October 2018

Explosions and fire have hit an ammunition depot at Ichnya in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine in a possible act of sabotage, officials said, leading to a mass evacuation. About 12,000 people were moved from the area around the depot, about 109 miles (176km) north-east of the capital Kiev. There were no reported casualties....

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Canada refinery suffers major explosion and fire during turnaround 09 October 2018

An explosion at the Irving Oil Refinery in St John, New Brunswick, started a major fire on October 8. Local sources said 3,000 people were at the site when the incident happened, mostly contractors working on a turnaround at the facility. The company confirmed that all its workers and contractors were accounted for. ...

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OSHA cites Husky Energy subsidiary Superior Refining for April explosion and fire 08 October 2018

On October 2, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it had cited Superior Refining Company LLC - based in Superior, Wisconsin - for failing to control the use and release of highly hazardous chemicals after an explosion and fire on April 26 that injured several employees. The company faces $83,150 in proposed penalties....

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DRC fuel tanker explosion kills more than 50 08 October 2018

A fuel tanker collision in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on October 6 killed more than 50 and injured 100, Atu Matubuana, interim governor of the province, said. The tanker caught fire at Mbuba village, about 80 miles from the capital after crashing into a parked truck. A local official told a radio news station people ran to collect fuel after the crash and were killed when it ignited....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Conference – Call for papers NOW CLOSED, programme to be announced shortly 08 October 2018

We are now seeking abstracts for the Hazardex and PPTex 2019 Conference to be held on February 27 & 28 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. 2019 will be The Year of Process Safety Leadership, and this will be a major area of focus for the COMAH community. ...

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Awards for Excellence 06 October 2018

The Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on 27 & 28 February 2019, will feature a hazardous area and process safety awards programme to highlight examples of excellence across the sector. Categories open for nomination are Contribution to Safety, Contribution to the Environment, Technical Innovation, Best User Application, PPTex Innovation and Best Customer Service....

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UK chicken factory chemical spill kills two pest controllers 05 October 2018

Two pest controllers have been found dead at a factory in Norfolk following a suspected chemical spillage. Emergency services were called to the Banham Poultry plant in Attleborough in the early hours of October 4 after the exterminators were found close to the processing centre. Norfolk Constabulary said no one else was injured. ...

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Pennsylvania authorities file formal complaint against utility over fatal gas explosion 05 October 2018

According to ABC, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has filed a formal complaint alleging UGI Utilities violated state and federal regulations regarding a fatal natural gas explosion in a house near Lancaster, central Pennsylvania, last year....

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Engineer killed, three injured in Egyptian oil depot explosion 05 October 2018

An engineer was killed and three others seriously injured on October 4 when an explosion ripped through a warehouse of petroleum products at an oil company in Shubra al-Kheima, northern Egypt. Local media reported that during the maintenance of a fuel line, a fuel leak occurred which caused the explosion. ...

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