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  • US grain dust explosions rise in 2018, but fatalities and injuries decline

    22 February 2019

    The number of grain dust explosions reported in the US at grain handling, feed manufacturing and biofuel facilities increased in 2018, but fatalities and injuries in these events were down on the previous year, according to the annual report issued by Purdue University's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering....

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  • Three seriously injured in explosion at Canadian wood pellet plant

    13 February 2019

    One man was airlifted to hospital in critical condition following a February 11 explosion at a wood pellet production plant in Entwistle, Alberta. Two others are reported to be in serious condition as a result of the blast at the Pinnacle Renewable Energy plant, and local residents said it rocked buildings nearby. Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) are on scene and investigating....

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  • Dust explosion kills one, injures three at Belgian joinery plant

    07 February 2019

    On January 25, NWS reported that a dust explosion at the Pouleyn door and window manufacturing company in Anzegem, Belgium, had killed one person and seriously injured a further three. The victims were employees of a company contracted to clean out a silo containing wood shavings. Two of the injured have critical burn injuries....

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  • Third explosion in one month at US grain processor injures three

    04 February 2019

    An explosion and fire on January 31 at the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) soybean processing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, resulted in the hospitalisation of three workers with non-life threatening injuries, fire officials told local media. Earlier in the month a firefighter was killed in a blaze at an ADM grain facility in Clinton, Iowa, and there was a separate explosion at an ADM corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois. ...

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  • US food processing group ADM reports explosions at two separate plants over two days

    08 January 2019

    Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reported explosions at two separate plants over the weekend of January 4-5, one of which resulted in the death of a firefighter and a critical injury to another.A fire at an ADM grain facility in Clinton, Iowa, on January 5 led to an explosion that resulted in the death of 33-year-old Lt. Eric Hosette....

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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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