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  • UK trade association updates risk assessment guidelines for flammable refrigerants

    18 March 2019

    Fresh guidance to ensure worker safety when handling a growing number of flammable refrigerant products being used in the climate control sector has been set out by UK trade body the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations. This focuses on assessing risk in the workplace to ensure compliance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR)....

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  • US Government bans lithium-ion batteries as cargo in passenger aircraft holds

    01 March 2019

    The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) on February 27 prohibiting the transport of lithium ion cells or batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. Devices with li-ion batteries for personal use will still be permitted in the cabin and hold....

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  • NASA to launch review of SpaceX and Boeing safety culture

    22 February 2019

    According to Reuters, NASA has started its review into the safety culture of the two companies it has hired to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, SpaceX and Boeing. The months-long assessment will involve hundreds of interviews designed to evaluate the culture of the workplaces and ensure the companies are meeting NASA’s requirements for workplace safety....

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  • Two killed in Russian steel plant accident

    13 February 2019

    Two workers were trapped in a crane cabin in a deadly blaze following a liquid metal spill at a steel plant in Chelyabinsk, Russia. According to a RT on February 13, the molten metal spilled from a scoop onto the floor of the plant where the mobile crane was operating. An explosion caused by the metal coming into contact with water or ice caused major damage and left the production facility without a roof....

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  • Two injured in electrical panel blast at Texas coatings plant

    28 January 2019

    An explosion and fire on January 24 at the Aegion Coating Services production plant in Conroe, Texas, left two people with injuries and forced workers to evacuate the facility, local news organisations reported. The incident remains under investigation by the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office. ...

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India sugar factory blast kills four 18 December 2018

Four workers were killed and three injured after an explosion at a sugar factory at Mudhol in Karnataka’s Bagalkote district in Southern India. The explosion occurred in a wastewater treatment plant which is about half a kilometre from the main factory building. There were seven workers inside the plant at the time of the incident....

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Canada scrap-metal plant ordered to shut down over explosions 23 November 2018

The New Brunswick provincial government has ordered an explosion-plagued metal recycling facility at the Port of Saint John to cease all operations immediately. The American Iron & Metal Company Inc. has been the scene of numerous blasts in recent weeks and continued operations, despite a September order from the landowner to cease operations after any explosion. ...

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Three killed in Spanish firework factory explosion 15 November 2018

An explosion at a fireworks in Guadix near the southern Spanish city of Granada killed three of the six workers in the factory at the time. The other three were treated for smoke inhalation but were otherwise uninjured. The specific cause of the blast is not yet known, local authorities said....

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Two Vietnamese killed in factory explosion in South Korea 12 November 2018

An explosion at a plant in eastern South Korea on November 10 killed two Vietnamese and injured two other Vietnamese workers, Yonhap reported. The two dead workers are presumed to have been killed inside a tank, a fire official said. The company, Foosung Precision Industry Co. in Wonju, which is 130 kilometres east of Seoul, makes fluoropolymer-lined tanks, pipes and valves....

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Canada concrete plant dust explosion injures three 06 November 2018

A November 5 dust explosion at the Quality Concrete plant in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, resulted in three minor injuries, according to CBC. The explosion blew the roof off a fly ash silo, propelling it hundreds of metres where it fell on a parked vehicle. Fly ash is an extremely fine powder that is mixed with cement in the production of concrete....

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