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  • Consortium develops advanced pipeline leak detection system

    19 October 2018

    A European consortium is developing a new generation of small chemical sensors that use light and sound to detect gas leaks from pipelines. Fitted to an autonomous patrolling robot, the photo-acoustic gas sensors can be part of a wireless network that continuously monitors pipelines and instantly identifies petroleum, hydrogen sulphide and other toxic gases....

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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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  • Italian winery suffers Prosecco explosion

    03 October 2018

    A video posted to Facebook in late September by an Italian producer of Prosecco shows 30,000 litres of the sparkling wine spilling out of a fermentation silo. The footage, from Enoteca Zanardo Giussano based in Conegliano in Italy’s northern Veneto region, shows fountains of wine gushing down the sides of the large tank and pooling around its base....

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  • Four killed in Zimbabwe grain silo explosion

    30 August 2018

    On August 28 a large silo explosion and fire at the Grain Marketing Board grain storage depot in Lion’s Den, Zimbabwe, killed four workers and left three with injuries, local media reported. A statement by Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said initial indications pointed to a possible electrical fault exacerbated by combustible gases....

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  • Two injured in blast at Iowa grain elevator

    22 August 2018

    Two workers were injured in an explosion and fire on the afternoon of August 21 at the Landus Cooperative grain elevator in Rake, Iowa, local news organisations reported. The company said in a statement following the incident that the structure sustained damage from the blast and fire and the site has halted deliveries of grain. ...

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One killed, 17 injured in Kenya nut factory explosion 20 August 2018

One person has died and 17 others were injured after a boiler exploded at the Jungle Nuts Holdings factory in Thika, Kenya, on August 17. Two of the injured employees are in critical condition. The company processes cashew and macadamia nuts and fruits for export....

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Dust confirmed as cause of Cargill Norway fish feed factory explosion 30 July 2018

Police told local news sources that a blast in a silo at the Cargill fish feed plant at Halsa in Northern Norway was caused by a dust explosion. Staff on the evening shift were working in the factory when the explosion occurred, but no one was injured in the incident....

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French grain silo explosion injures four 06 June 2018

At least four people have been injured following an explosion at a grain silo in Strasbourg, eastern France on June 6. Police said eleven were on site at the time of the incident. The grain storage facility is owned by the Comptoir Agricole group, a major French agricultural cooperative, and had a storage capacity of 40,000 tonnes....

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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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CSB gives update on fatal Wisconsin grain mill blast 02 May 2018

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) held a news conference on April 30 to give an update on its investigation into a grain dust explosion in May 2017, which killed five workers and injured 14 others at Didion Milling in Cambria, Wisconsin....

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