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  • Worker killed in explosion at Procter & Gamble plant in Louisiana

    29 May 2018

    According to local media, a man was reportedly operating a fork lift vehicle at the P&G Alexandria plant in Pineville, Louisiana, when an explosion occurred. A spokesperson for the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s office said that the explosion was contained to the fork lift and that no fire was reported. All other workers on the site were sent home....

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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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  • Texas chemical plant explosion and fire injures 21

    21 May 2018

    On May 19, specialty chemical manufacturer Kuraray America confirmed that a fire had occurred at the company’s EVAL facility in Pasadena, Texas, and that 21 individuals were transported to off-site medical facilities for treatment. Local media reported that many of the casualties had burn injuries....

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  • Taiwan chemical company managers receive sentences of four years and more for fatal Kaohsiung explosions

    14 May 2018

    On May 11, Kaohsiung District Court handed down jail terms ranging from four years to four years and 10 months to 12 defendants, including ex-LCY Chemical Corp. chairman Bowei Lee, for negligent homicide caused by the explosions in Kaohsiung nearly four years ago which killed more than 30....

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  • Colombia paint factory explosion injures 25

    26 April 2018

    Twenty firemen, four civilians and the local disaster management chief were injured in an explosion in a burnt-down paint factory in Medellin, Colombia’s second city, according to local authorities. The explosion occurred when firemen and the government official were inspecting the interior of the building believing a fire that had been raging at the site was under control....

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UK company fined after DSEAR failures badly injure worker 23 April 2018

A company specialising in spray foam insulation services has been fined after an inexperienced worker suffered severe burns while attempting to refuel petrol powered equipment. Greenseal Insulation Ltd of Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002 and was fined £40,000 with costs of £11,779....

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European chlor-alkali industry safety improvement trend levels off 03 April 2018

The latest figures from the Euro Chlor industry association show a levelling off in the safety performance of the chlor-alkali industry in Europe. In 2016, Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) for member company personnel increased slightly from 1.9 to 2.0 compared to 2015, whilst the LTI figure for contractor staff improved from 2.1 to 1.8....

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Blast at Czech chemical plant kills six 22 March 2018

An explosion at Unipetrol’s refinery and chemical plant in the Czech Republic on March 22 killed six people, local news agency CTK reported. A Unipetrol spokesman confirmed a blast had occurred at a plant in Kralupy nad Vltavou, north of the capital, Prague. The agency also said others were seriously injured and police said emergency services were responding to the explosion....

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US Department of Homeland Security issues report detailing Russian cyber attacks on critical control systems 20 March 2018

Alert (TA18-074A) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued on March 15, gives details of Russian Government cyber activity targeting energy and other critical infrastructure sectors in the USA. Analysis by DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) resulted in the identification of distinct indicators and behaviors related to this activity....

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Inquiry shows India chemical factory blast followed series of violations by operating company 14 March 2018

An inquiry by the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) into the chemical factory blast in Tarapur’s Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has pointed to a series of violations by Novaphene Specialties Pvt Ltd that led to an uncontrolled fire which killed four and injured 14 factory workers. ...

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