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  • Poor maintenance cited in China chemical plant blast

    11 December 2018

    According to the Chinese news website, a safety expert from the Ministry of Emergency Management said that the explosion at a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, that claimed 23 lives last month, was the result of sloppy management, poor maintenance and the mishandling of the emergency...

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  • Owner and four senior managers sentenced to prison over Louisiana military explosives conspiracy

    03 December 2018

    A US court has sentenced five senior personnel of Explo Systems Inc. to between two and five years in prison for a criminal conspiracy involving military explosives. The company, which won a contract for munitions disposal, improperly stored them at the Camp Minden Louisiana National Guard facility. This led to a huge explosion in 2012 that caused the evacuation of the nearby town of Doyline....

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  • HSE updates chemicals webpage to cover “no-deal” Brexit eventualities

    19 November 2018

    The UK Health and Safety Executive says it has updated its webpage providing chemicals guidance in relation to Brexit to cover the possibility of the UK leaving the European Union without a deal with the other 27 members. HSE says it is committed to providing the most up-to-date information and assisting businesses to prepare for any outcome in the Brexit negotiations....

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  • Explosion at Idaho hazardous waste processing plant kills one, injures three

    19 November 2018

    One worker is dead and three others have been hospitalised after an explosion inside a building at the US Ecology site near Grand View, Idaho. The fatality was working as an equipment operator moving materials at the time of the accident and fifteen staff were on site at the time. Idaho State Police said the building where the explosion happened is used to process powdered magnesium products....

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  • Two killed in Utah potash plant incident

    12 November 2018

    Two men were electrocuted on November 10 and a third man was critically injured in an industrial accident in Utah. The three men were working at the Intrepid potash plant south of Moab in San Juan County when the industrial equipment they were operating touched a power line, the local sheriff's office reported....

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China chemical plant blasts kill twelve 12 November 2018

An explosion at a chemical fertiliser plant in Xinle city in North China's Hebei Province left six dead and seven injured on November 7. A gas furnace at the Hebei Jinwantai Chemical Fertilizer LLC exploded at about 3:10 p.m., according to a statement on Weibo by the local information office....

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South Africa chemical plant explosion injures four 09 November 2018

Four people were injured on November 8 after an explosion at a chemical factory in Boksburg, Johannesburg. Parts of the factory were completely destroyed and local fire services said five fire engines and about 25 firefighters were on the scene until the subsequent blaze was contained. ...

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Consortium develops advanced pipeline leak detection system 19 October 2018

A European consortium is developing a new generation of small chemical sensors that use light and sound to detect gas leaks from pipelines. Fitted to an autonomous patrolling robot, the photo-acoustic gas sensors can be part of a wireless network that continuously monitors pipelines and instantly identifies petroleum, hydrogen sulphide and other toxic gases....

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Alabama chemical plant explosion kills one 26 September 2018

An explosion at an industrial chemical plant in Arab, northern Alabama, left one man dead and part of the facility damaged.  No other injuries were reported. The Umicore Specialty Chemicals Arab (ASCA) plant is focused on the production and distribution of cobalt, nickel and manganese salts.  Fire crews arrived shortly after the explosion was reported in the early afternoon of September 25....

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Belgian waste plant explosion kills one, raise questions over new Irish plant 18 September 2018

Belgian waster treatment company Indaver confirmed today that an accident occurred during the preparation of waste for treatment at its plant at Stabroek near Antwerp where liquid waste was being transferred from a tanker into a storage tank. The company said that one employee had been fatally injured and four others hospitalised with minor injuries after an explosion and fire at the site....

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