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  • Lightweight metal foams become bone hard and explosion proof after being nanocoated

    15 March 2019

    Strong enough not only for use in impact protection systems in cars, but able to absorb the shock waves produced by a detonation. Those are just some of the properties shown by the metallic foams developed by materials scientists Stefan Diebels and Anne Jung at Saarland University. Their super lightweight and extremely strong metal foams can be customized for a wide range of applications. The inspiration for the new foam system came from nature: bones. 

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  • Dutch public prosecutor to sue Shell for explosion and toxic gas leak at Moerdijk plant

    04 March 2019

    The Dutch Public Prosecution Service announced on March 1 it would prosecute Royal Dutch Shell for an explosion in 2014 at its Moerdijk petrochemical plant and for the release of tonnes of carcinogenic ethylene oxide from the site in 2015 and 2016. According to the service, Shell did too little to prevent both incidents....

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  • South Korea ammunition plant blast kills three

    18 February 2019

    Inspectors from the regional labor office and the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency are examining Hanhwa’s Daejeon ammunition facility in central South Korea after an explosion there killed three workers on February 14. The blast took place in a rocket propellant manufacturing facility and inspectors will check safety measures there, according to the Korea Times....

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  • Dozens to be punished over China explosion that killed 19

    14 February 2019

    Around 60 people are to be punished for their roles in a chemical plant explosion that killed 19 workers and injured 12 in southwest China's Sichuan Province last July, according to a report from the Xinhua news agency. The blast at the Yibin Hengda Technology Co. in Jiang'an County in the city of Yibin on July 12 caused a direct economic loss of 41.4 million yuan (6.1 million US dollars)....

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  • Explosion at UK logistics facility injures two

    14 February 2019

    Two people remain in a serious but stable condition in hospital after an explosion in Peterborough, central England. Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called to the XPO Logistics facility at an industrial estate in Woodston after a blast was reported in the coldstore. An XPO Logistics spokesman confirmed the blast occurred at a site sub-leased to a customer....

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Chemical plant explosion kills three in western China 03 January 2019

Three people died and six others were injured after an explosion on December 25 at the Xinjiang Xinzhi Energy Chemicals plant in western China’s Xinjiang region, coverage by news wire service Reuters said, citing information from Chinese news organisation Tianshan. ...

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Husky oil refinery blast caused by ineffective safeguard - CSB 14 December 2018

On December 12, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said the April explosion at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, was caused by an ineffective safeguard that failed to prevent a leak of hydrocarbons into the atmosphere. The blast and fire in the plant’s catalytic cracker unit led to 36 people seeking medical treatment, including 11 working at the refinery, the board said....

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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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