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  • Explosion kills two at steel plant in Brazil

    16 August 2017

    An explosion at a Brazilian steel plant operated by Gerdau SA killed two people and injured 10 others on August 16, the company and local metalworkers union said. The blast occurred at a coke oven at Gerdau's plant in the state of Minas Gerais according to the Metalworking Union of Ouro Branco (Sindob)....

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  • UK company fined after worker suffers flash burns

    14 August 2017

    A manufacturing firm has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered flash burns to her face, neck, chest and both arms. Pyronix Limited manufactures intruder alarm equipment. Part of the manufacturing process involves dipping Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) in Fluorocoat Thin Film Coating, which is a highly flammable substance, to provide humidity protection....

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  • Tata Steel UK fined after uncontrolled release of toxic substances

    11 August 2017

    A steel company has today been fined after the release of toxic and flammable substances from its site in Scunthorpe. Hull Crown Court heard on 17 June 2011 a large quantity of Benzole was released at an open site glass in Tata Steel’s Scunthorpe Steel Works. The release resulted in a large flammable vapour cloud that exposed five workers to the risk of serious injury of death had the cloud ignited....

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  • Indian Army asks Defence Ministry to attribute responsibility for fatal Pulgaon ammunition depot blast

    03 August 2017

    In a letter to the Indian Defence Production Secretary, Army headquarters has asked for a final adjudication on responsibility for the extensive fire at India’s largest ammunition storage depot at Pulgaon in Maharashtra on May 31, 2016. The incident resulted in the deaths of two army officials, four defence security corps personnel and 13 defence fire safety staff....

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  • Dekra Insight launches process safety survey and calls for wide participation

    02 August 2017

    In a bid to improve Process Safety performance in process industries, Dekra Insight is calling for individuals in the sector to participate in the first Global Process Safety Training & Competency Survey. This aims to benchmark challenges and trends across industrial sectors and company size, and shine the light on process safety training needs and competence gaps in process industries....

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Five hurt in explosion at Michigan steelworks 02 August 2017

At least five employees were injured after an explosion at United States Steel Corp.'s Great Lakes Works facility in River Rouge, Michigan, on July 31. The five workers were transported to local hospitals for treatment following the incident at the facility's Hot Strip Mill, according to a statement from US Steel issued on August 1....

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Takata announces new airbag inflator recall after filing for bankruptcy 14 July 2017

Takata will recall an additional 2.7-million airbag inflators in the US installed in vehicles manufactured by Nissan, Mazda and Ford, according to a recall notice by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The inflators were made from 2005 through to 2012 but the Japanese company, which filed for bankruptcy in June, did not identify the vehicle models affected in the notice....

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Bangladesh garment factory explosion kills 10, injures 50 04 July 2017

A boiler explosion at a garment factory at Kashimpur in Gazipur district, near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, killed 10 people and injured 50, officials said on July 3. The number still missing remained unclear as of July 4 an police said the search for more victims was ongoing.  This is the latest fatal incident to affect the sector, one of the country’s biggest employers....

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Samsung could offer explosion proof batteries for mobiles within two years 03 July 2017

In a report dated June 30, the Korea Herald said that Samsung SDI will be able to produce solid-state batteries within the next two years, posing far less of a fire or explosion risk than the current generation of lithium-ion batteries. The report, quoting an unnamed Samsung SDI executive, said initial use would likely be for mobile phones, with solid-state batteries for cars further down the line....

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Washington State aerospace company faces large fine after explosion 30 June 2017

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (WDLI) has fined Zodiac Cabin & Structures Support LLC a total of $500,000 following the discovery of a number of safety and health violations after an explosion injured 17 staff at the company’s Newport plant near Spokane in July 2015. This was reduced from $1.3 million after an appeal by the company....

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