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European chlor-alkali industry safety improvement trend levels off 03 April 2018

The latest figures from the Euro Chlor industry association show a levelling off in the safety performance of the chlor-alkali industry in Europe. In 2016, Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) for member company personnel increased slightly from 1.9 to 2.0 compared to 2015, whilst the LTI figure for contractor staff improved from 2.1 to 1.8....

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Blast at Czech chemical plant kills six 22 March 2018

An explosion at Unipetrol’s refinery and chemical plant in the Czech Republic on March 22 killed six people, local news agency CTK reported. A Unipetrol spokesman confirmed a blast had occurred at a plant in Kralupy nad Vltavou, north of the capital, Prague. The agency also said others were seriously injured and police said emergency services were responding to the explosion....

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US Department of Homeland Security issues report detailing Russian cyber attacks on critical control systems 20 March 2018

Alert (TA18-074A) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued on March 15, gives details of Russian Government cyber activity targeting energy and other critical infrastructure sectors in the USA. Analysis by DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) resulted in the identification of distinct indicators and behaviors related to this activity....

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Inquiry shows India chemical factory blast followed series of violations by operating company 14 March 2018

An inquiry by the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) into the chemical factory blast in Tarapur’s Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has pointed to a series of violations by Novaphene Specialties Pvt Ltd that led to an uncontrolled fire which killed four and injured 14 factory workers. ...

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Deodorant aerosol explosion in Baltimore County, Maryland, destroys vehicle, injures driver 02 March 2018

Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Jennifer Peach said an unidentified man at the wheel of his vehicle put on some aerosol deodorant with the air conditioning running and lit a cigarette, causing an explosion which gave him serious burn injuries....

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India pharma plant fire injures seven 26 February 2018

A major fire at a pharmaceuticals manufacturing plant seriously injured seven staff members on February 23 in Jeedimetla, a suburb of Hyderabad in the Indian state of Telangana. Fire and rescue personnel led 20 other staff to safety and extinguished the flames in 90 minutes at the Seutic Pharmaceuticals plant. ...

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China chemical plant explosion kills four, injures six 05 February 2018

Four people died and six were injured after an explosion ripped through a chemical plant on February 3 in east China's Shandong Province, local authorities said. The blast occurred at the Jinshan Chemical Plant Co. in an economic development zone in Linshu County while maintenance work was under way, according to the county government....

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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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Four killed, nine injured in blast at Indian agrochemicals plant 23 January 2018

PTI reported that at least four workers were killed and nine others injured on January 21 in a blast at the GSP Crop Science chemical plant in Nandesari, an industrial suburb of Vadodara in Gujarat. The blast led to a huge fire at the premises, according to local police.  Two of the injured were reported to be in a serious condition....

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Automation of ammunition production in China could triple output and reduce fatal accidents 09 January 2018

Artificial intelligence and robotics could triple China’s production of bombs and shells by 2028, according to a senior scientist involved in the program to boost ammunition productivity quoted by the South China Morning Post. The scientist told the Hong Kong newspaper that smart machines have begun replacing workers in a quarter of the country’s ammunition and ordnance f...

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