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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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  • 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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