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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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  • Explosion at Indian petrochemicals facility kills six

    13 September 2018

    THE explosion of a methane boiler tank at the Mohit petrochemical factory in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, killed six workers and left two others in a serious condition, according to local media. Another worker is reported to be missing. Welders had been repairing the tank, which had been leaking for the past few days....

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  • Eight killed in South Africa munitions plant explosion

    04 September 2018

    At least eight people were killed in an explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel munitions factory at Somerset West near Cape Town on September 3, according to a fire and emergency services spokesperson. Firefighters are continuing to search for others believed to be trapped. The plant is jointly-owned by German and South African companies and manufactures munitions and explosive products....

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  • US railcar cleaning company and two owners charged over fatal incident in 2015

    03 September 2018

    In a report dated August 23, the US Department of Justice announced a slew of charges against Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services and its two owners following an explosion in 2015 that killed two workers. The charges include conspiracy, violating worker safety standards, violating federal law that governs hazardous waste management and submitting false documents to a federal agency....

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  • Congress defies Trump Administration’s efforts to scrap CSB

    17 August 2018

    In an article dated August 16, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has looked at the Trump administration’s efforts to close down the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the independent federal agency that investigates high hazard industry incidents and makes recommendations to ensure that lessons are learned after each incident....

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UK defence plant blast kills one, injures another - Updated 13 August 2018

An explosion and fire at the Chemring plant in High Post, Salisbury, killed one staff member and injured another on August 10. Wiltshire Police said it was investigating the incident with health and safety officers, and said there was no risk to the public. The plant produces flares, chaff and decoys for military and civilian use....

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US manufacturing plant explosions injure four 08 August 2018

An explosion on August 6 at the Arconic Fastening Systems plant in Rochester, New York State, created a fireball that left two men with critical injuries, police and fire officials told local news organisations. The blast is thought to have occurred when fluid from a leaky hydraulic press touched an ignition source. ...

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CEFIC publishes agreed guidelines for chemical emergency response 03 August 2018

The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) has published a new set of guidelines for the supply and transport of hazardous materials to help chemical companies deliver best practice in telephone chemical emergency response.  ...

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No safety recommendations implemented two years after fatal India chemical factory blast 31 July 2018

On May 26, 2016, a blast at the Probase chemical company in Dombivali, Maharashtra state, killed 12 and injured over 200 people. The explosion was caused by sparks from welding work igniting a huge stock of Propargyl chloride being stored on the site. ...

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UK chemical plant explosion kills one 30 July 2018

An explosion at the Briar Chemicals plant in Norwich led to the death of one worker, Norfolk Police said on July 27. A police spokesperson confirmed the incident was not chemical related and said there was no risk to other site workers or the public. Another worker was taken to hospital and treated for shock....

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