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  • Japan steel factory blast leaves one dead, five injured

    27 April 2017

    An explosion at a steel factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, on April 25 killed the manager and left five people injured, police and firefighters said, according to the Kyodo News Agency. The explosion at the Hiyama Iron Works occurred near a furnace after melted steel may have inadvertently come into contact with the coolant water and triggered a vapour explosion, the police said....

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  • Three injured in Australian abattoir explosion

    10 April 2017

    Police, paramedics, fire and rescue crews were called to the JBS Australia Dinmore abattoir near Ipswich, west of Brisbane, after an electrical explosion at the site. Paramedics treated three people with burns, and two others for smoke inhalation following a reported electrical explosion, Queensland Ambulance said....

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  • Two killed, two injured in India steel plant blast

    10 April 2017

    A blast at the Arya Iron & Steel Company (AISCO) in Keonjhar district, Odisha, killed two and seriously injured another two workers, according to a report by the Odisha Sun Times on April 8. The two workers were found dead in the furnace oil tank, which was the source of the explosion....

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  • Three killed and four injured in explosion at Missouri box factory

    04 April 2017

    A boiler explosion at a cardboard box plant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 3 killed three people and injured four more. The blast at Loy-Lange Box Company sent part of the boiler crashing into a building 150 metres away housing a linen laundry service. One of those killed was a box factory employee, and the other two were new hires filling out forms at the linen service, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported....

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  • UK carbon dioxide emissions fall 7.4% in 2016

    31 March 2017

    The UK Government published provisional 2016 greenhouse gas emissions figures on March 30 showing net emissions of carbon dioxide came to 374.1 million tonnes (Mt), 7.4% lower than the 2015 figure of 403.8 Mt. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, accounting for over 81% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions....

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Five hospitalised after explosion at Rio Tinto facility in Canada 31 March 2017

A blast at the Rio Tinto iron and titanium plant in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, resulted in five workers being treated for shock at a local hospital, Rio Tinto said in a statement. The cause of the explosion, which caused heavy damage to part of the metallurgical complex northeast of Montreal, is under investigation. Initial reports say the blast involved carbon monoxide gas used in the production process....

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Exploding headphone batteries cause scare on Beijing to Melbourne flight 16 March 2017

A woman’s headphones caused disruption on a flight to Australia after they exploded when she fell asleep listening to music. The unidentified passenger awoke two hours later when she began to feel a burning sensation on her face, according to a release from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). She suffered burns to her face and hands in the incident. ...

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Tesla electric car crash explosion reignites debate about battery safety 21 February 2017

A Tesla Model S electric car crash in Indianapolis on 3 November 2016 that killed its two occupants has  raised further questions about whether Tesla’s electric car technology, and indeed wider lithium-ion battery technology, is safe, according to an NBC News report....

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Three killed and seven injured in explosion at Louisiana paper mill 10 February 2017

Packaging Corp of America said an explosion at its DeRidder, Louisiana, paper mill resulted in the death of three contract workers on February 7, with seven others confirmed injured. The incident occurred while annual repair work was being carried out on piping in the mill area, the company said....

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Philippines furniture factory fire injures more than one hundred workers, with six missing 03 February 2017

A major fire at a Philippine factory complex which broke out on February 1 has injured at least 126 workers, according to Cavite province Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla, with a further six unaccounted for. The six hectare site in General Trias town, south of Manila, was still ablaze two days later but firefighters said they hoped to have dowsed the flames by nightfall....

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