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  • UK recycling plant blast kills worker, injures two others

    09 August 2017

    West Midlands Police said that a worker died following an industrial accident at a recycling plant in Oldbury, west of Birmingham, on August 7. The man suffered 'very serious burns' in the incident at the Innovative Environmental Solutions factory and subsequently died, emergency services confirmed. Two other workers also sustained burns in the incident and were in a stable condition....

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  • UK could use hydrogen as industrial and domestic fuel in proposed trial

    07 August 2017

    According to the Guardian, Liverpool and Manchester could be the testbed for an ambitious £600m project designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the gas used in the industrial and domestic sectors. Cadent, previously National Grid Gas Distribution Limited, will provide 100% hydrogen fuel to existing industrial methane (natural gas) users, and a mix of methane and hydrogen to millions of domestic users....

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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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  • CSB animation details events leading up to 2016 fire at ExxonMobil Baton Rouge refinery

    28 July 2017

    On July 26, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released an animation describing events leading to the November 22, 2016, fire at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, LA, which severely burned four workers. The fire erupted during maintenance activities in the refinery’s sulfuric acid alkylation unit. ...

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  • UK chemical company fined £1.2m after explosion

    27 July 2017

    A chemicals company has been fined £1.2m following an explosion at its site at West Thurrock, Essex. Only two people suffered minor injuries following the blast at the Industrial Chemicals Ltd plant, which happened during the operation of the hydrochloric acid (HCl) burner on 26 September 2013....

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Second fatal explosion at West Virginia industrial plant kills contractor 22 June 2017

On June 20, a contractor was killed in an explosion at the Midland Resource Recovery plant in West Virginia. In a preliminary report, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) said contractors at the facility were disassembling a 115-litre tank, trying to render it safe after a previous explosion on May 24 that killed two and injured one....

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Teeside company fined after uncontrolled fire 20 June 2017

Vertellus Specialties UK Limited has today been fined after an uncontrolled fire at the company’s Seal Sands premises in Middlesbrough. Teesside Crown Court heard the large fire occurred at the premises in the early hours of 14 May 2014. The fire involved large quantities of dangerous substances including Vitride, which led to this fire being declared a major incident. ...

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Cal/OSHA cites explosives manufacturer for workplace explosion that caused serious injuries 19 June 2017

Cal/OSHA has cited explosives manufacturer Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company $293,235 for multiple serious and willful accident-related workplace safety violations following an investigation of an explosion in Hollister, California, that seriously injured a worker....

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Eight confirmed dead after China petrochemical plant explosion 05 June 2017

A large explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in the city of Linyi, Shandong province, left eight dead and at least nine injured on June 5, according to Chinese media sources, which also said one of the injured was in a critical condition. The incident was triggered when a liquefied gas tanker exploded, starting a fire in the loading area of Linyi Jinyu Petrochemical Co. Ltd. ...

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Chemical tank explosion kills two in West Virginia 25 May 2017

Two workers were killed and a third was seriously injured on May 24 in an explosion at an industrial facility in Moatsville, West Virginia. The blast occurred when workers at Midland Resource Recovery were cleaning a tank used for storing the chemical mercaptan, according to local officials. Mercaptan, which has a distinctive smell, is added to odourless natural gas so that leaks can be detected....

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