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Hazardous chemicals destroyed in controlled blast at former Bradford crisp factory 16 September 2015

Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion after potentially hazardous jars of picric acid were discovered at the former Seabrook Crisps factory in Bradford. Royal Logistics Corps personnel were called to the  site in Allerton Road on September 15 after contractors demolishing the building found jars of the substance, which is used in the manufacture of explosives. ...

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Recovered footage shows extraordinary blaze caused by lightning strike at US whiskey distillery 07 September 2015

Severe storms blasted the countryside around Bardstown, KY, on August 4, 2003. There were multiple lightning strikes, and one bolt hit the warehouse of Bourbon distiller Jim Beam, causing rivers of whiskey to flow from the damaged building. A further lightning strike ignited the whiskey, with the resulting inferno engulfing the warehouse, adjacent woodland and a retention pond....

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Report into Kentucky whiskey distillery blast blames over-pressurisation of still 29 July 2015

The results of an official investigation by the Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s office into the cause of the Silver Trail Distillery explosion in late April have been released. The incident resulted in devastation to the Hardin, Marshall County, distillery and the death of one senior distiller, with another staff member seriously injured....

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US whiskey distillery blast injures two 27 April 2015

An explosion and fire at the Silver Trail Distillery in the town of Hardin, Kentucky, injured two workers on April 24, according to Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars. He said the distillery, which opened in 2011 and produces LBL Moonshine brand and other small batch whiskeys, was a total loss....

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Liberian Government says factory explosion caused by negligence 09 April 2015

After months of investigation, the government of Liberia has revealed that the explosion which led to the death of six and the injury of eleven employees of the Liberia Agriculture Company was due to the company’s negligence. Labour Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe said a fine of US$ 100,000 has been imposed on LAC....

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Explosion kills one at French dairy products manufacturer 25 March 2015

One person has been killed and three injured following the explosion of a machine at the Senagral dairy plant at Jouy in central France. "During routine preventive maintenance work on a packaging machine, an explosion occurred, seemingly of a disinfectant cylinder on the machine, which led to the death of a maintenance worker," the company said in a statement....

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US plant explosions kill one, injure eleven. 12 March 2015

Three explosions at industrial plants across the US resulted in a number of casualties on March 11. A series of explosions killed one man and injured several more at the Brent Industries plant in Brent, Alabama. Up to a half-dozen other workers received chemical burns and were taken to nearby hospitals after the explosions, The Tuscaloosa News reported....

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Four injured in Chicago bakery explosion 12 November 2014

Four people were injured, one seriously, when a propane tank exploded and started a fire that destroyed a truck maintenance garage at Turano Baking Co. in Oak Park, Chicago, on November 11. The explosion occurred as workers were changing a propane tank in a truck, Oak Park fire Battalion Chief Kevin Wiley said. ...

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US vodka distillery explosion blasts worker through wall 28 October 2014

An explosion believed to have been caused by a propane or ethanol leak sparked a fire at the East Bexar County vodka distillery in San Antonio, Texas. Fire crews spent 40 minutes tackling the flames and treating one worker who was sent flying through a wall from the force of the explosion....

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News Extra: OSHA director says US standards process is “broken” 01 October 2014

In an interview with NBC News, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) director David Michaels said: “When it comes to health hazards, we have a standards process that is broken.” Political opposition to new standards in Congress, where many Republicans oppose them as potential constraints on business, have combined with legal and procedural challenges to make OSHA’s efforts to bring rules up to date a Herculean task. ...

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