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No safety recommendations implemented two years after fatal India chemical factory blast 31 July 2018

On May 26, 2016, a blast at the Probase chemical company in Dombivali, Maharashtra state, killed 12 and injured over 200 people. The explosion was caused by sparks from welding work igniting a huge stock of Propargyl chloride being stored on the site. ...

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UK chemical plant explosion kills one 30 July 2018

An explosion at the Briar Chemicals plant in Norwich led to the death of one worker, Norfolk Police said on July 27. A police spokesperson confirmed the incident was not chemical related and said there was no risk to other site workers or the public. Another worker was taken to hospital and treated for shock....

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China chemical plant blast kills 19 13 July 2018

A series of explosions at a chemical plant in China’s Sichuan Province resulted in 19 deaths and another 12 injured on July 12. The incident occurred at the Yibin Hengda Technology facility in Jiang’an County, which is part of the Synfarm group. An eyewitness told Beijing News he heard seven explosions in ten minutes at the site....

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Egypt chemical depot blast injures 12 13 July 2018

Egyptian state news agency MENA said 12 people were taken to a hospital after an explosion at a storage facility belonging to a petrochemicals company outside Cairo airport on July 13. The  minister of civil aviation, Younis al-Masri, said air traffic at the airport was unaffected by the explosion....

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Firework warehouse explosion kills 24 in Mexico 06 July 2018

On July 6 a series of explosions at a fireworks depot in Mexico killed at least 24 people and injured more than 40 others. The biggest blasts took place as emergency responders arrived at the scene in the town of Tultepec, north of Mexico City. Local authorities said four firefighters and five police were casualties in the blast....

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Japan chemical plant blast kills one, injures 11 03 July 2018

An explosion on June 6 at a chemical plant in Fukui Prefecture, western Japan, left one person dead and at least 11 injured. A total of 12 people were sent to hospitals after the explosion, one died and another is seriously injured, a fire official told local media. The blast took place at the Protein Chemical Co. facility in the town of Wakasa, according to fire authorities....

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Worker killed in explosion at Procter & Gamble plant in Louisiana 29 May 2018

According to local media, a man was reportedly operating a fork lift vehicle at the P&G Alexandria plant in Pineville, Louisiana, when an explosion occurred. A spokesperson for the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s office said that the explosion was contained to the fork lift and that no fire was reported. All other workers on the site were sent home....

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Trump administration to rescind most safety regulations proposed after fatal West explosion 22 May 2018

Five years after the fatal explosion of the West Fertilizer plant in Texas, which killed 15 and injured 260, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced proposed rules that will not include many of the Obama administration regulations the agency had proposed for chemical plants in the wake of the explosion....

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Texas chemical plant explosion and fire injures 21 21 May 2018

On May 19, specialty chemical manufacturer Kuraray America confirmed that a fire had occurred at the company’s EVAL facility in Pasadena, Texas, and that 21 individuals were transported to off-site medical facilities for treatment. Local media reported that many of the casualties had burn injuries....

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Taiwan chemical company managers receive sentences of four years and more for fatal Kaohsiung explosions 14 May 2018

On May 11, Kaohsiung District Court handed down jail terms ranging from four years to four years and 10 months to 12 defendants, including ex-LCY Chemical Corp. chairman Bowei Lee, for negligent homicide caused by the explosions in Kaohsiung nearly four years ago which killed more than 30....

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