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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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Greens start legal battle with fossil fuel lobbyists over chemical plant safety regulations 18 April 2017

According to CNN, the Union for Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club and Earthjustice jointly filed a motion on April 13 to intervene in a lawsuit filed by fossil fuel groups in March that asks the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new regulations on chemical plants, introduced in response to the 2013 fertiliser plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 15 and injured more than 160....

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One killed, four injured in explosion at Missouri ammunition plant 13 April 2017

One person was killed and at least three others were injured after an explosion at a military ammunition plant in Independence, Missouri, a US Army spokeswoman said. The site of the explosion, the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, is a NATO test centre and is the US military’s main supplier of practice rounds....

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Three injured in car explosion at New Hampshire gas plant 11 April 2017

Local media said at least three people were injured in an explosion at a welding gas facility in Manchester, New Hampshire, on April 10. The incident reportedly happened when a vehicle pulled up to a loading dock at Matheson Industrial Gases to refill supposedly empty tanks being transported in the car’s trunk. Gas from the leaking tanks exploded when the trunk release was activated....

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Portugal fireworks factory blast kills five, three missing 04 April 2017

Five people died and another three were missing after an explosion on the evening of April 4 destroyed a fireworks factory at Avoes near the Portuguese town of Lamego. The victims were all workers at the plant 100km east of Porto, and the factory's owner was among the dead. All of the workers at the factory came from three local families, a local council spokesman said....

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Five killed, three injured after blast at China oil plant 04 April 2017

Five people were killed and three others injured after a blast set a factory warehouse in eastern China on fire on the evening of April 2, Xinhua reported. The explosion was centred on the storage facility of a speciality oil plant in Anhui province’s city of Anqing owned by Wanhua Oil Products, and the fire at the plant was put out after three hours....

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