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Three injured in explosion and fire at edible oil plant in southern Spain 09 April 2018

A dust explosion at a sunflower seed silo at the Deoleo Koipe factory in Andujar, near Jaen in Southern Spain, left three workers with minor injuries including smoke inhalation and shock. Sheets of metal were sent flying through the air after the blast and it took firefighters two hours to bring the blaze under control....

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Number of US grain dust explosions rises in 2017, despite long-term downward trend 19 March 2018

There were seven reported grain dust explosions at US food and agricultural facilities in 2017, two more than in 2016 but still below the 10-year average of 9.3 explosions per year, according to an annual report issued by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering....

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Explosion at oilseed factory in northern France kills two 19 February 2018

Two people were killed in an explosion at the Saipol oilseed plant in Dieppe on February 17. Local officials said 11 people received light injuries, mostly suffering shock. A team of 40 firefighters, police and rescuers were quickly on the scene, where the explosion was followed by a fierce blaze with huge flames and a large column of smoke....

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Texas town devastated in 2013 fertiliser plant explosion to receive $10 million to settle damages claims 26 January 2018

The city of West, Texas, where a fertiliser plant exploded killing 15 people, has settled its claims with manufacturers and distributors of the product that exploded. The town’s lawsuit accused the companies of negligence in selling highly explosive ammonium nitrate to West Fertilizer, owners of the plant. The companies denied responsibility but settled before the case went for trial on January 16....

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Farmers killed in Illinois gas pipeline explosion 06 December 2017

Two farmers were killed and two injured, one critically, after they ruptured a natural gas pipeline while laying drainage pipes in a field near the town of Dixon, Illinois, on December 5. The pipeline is owned by Kinder Morgan and its subsidiary Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, and representatives arrived to investigate the incident after the resulting blaze was put out by the local fire department....

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Wisconsin grain milling company fined $1.8 million after fatal dust explosion 20 November 2017

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will fine Didion Milling Inc. a total of $1.8 million for not complying with federal safety standards, which investigators say could have prevented the huge explosion on May 31 at its Wisconsin grain mill which killed five workers and injured a dozen others. ...

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Occupational safety regulator upholds fines for fatal Canada sawmill explosion 15 November 2017

A WorkSafeBC review has upheld a decision to impose more than $1 million worth of penalties against Babine Forest Products for a catastrophic explosion and fire in January 2012 at the Burns Lake sawmill in British Columbia which killed two workers and injured more than 20 others. Babine owner Hampton Affiliates put in a number of appeals over the ruling, but the regulator has upheld the original decision....

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Arizona plant blast injures five 10 November 2017

The Tucson Fire Department said five employees from the Desert Whale Jojoba Company were hospitalised after an explosion at the company’s factory late at night on November 8. Three of the injured are in critical condition. The company grows jojoba and produces jojoba oil for use in cosmetics and skin care products, according to its website....

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Three injured in Maine agricultural chemical explosion 13 October 2017

Three people were hospitalised after an explosion at an agricultural building in Detroit, Maine on October 11, according to state police. Fire investigators said the explosion took place in an empty, 86-foot tall silo used to store sulphur. Two of the casualties were both on top of the silo cleaning out accumulations of dust and sulphur when a spark from a shovel set off the explosion....

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US grain bin dust explosion video goes viral 01 August 2017

A grain bin explosion was caught on video on July 31 in Greene County, Indiana. The farm's owner told WTHI TV he wasn't sure why the bin collapsed, but when it did it hit a power line, causing an explosion. No one was hurt, but Jordan White, the owner, said he lost about 10,000 bushels of grain. The video, which was posted to his Facebook page, has had over 1 million views....

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