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  • Explosion in Beirut kills at least 100, injures 4,000

    05 August 2020

    An explosion in the Port of Beirut, Lebanon killed at least 100 people and injured around 4,000 on August 4. The significant blast sent shockwaves through the city, destroying buildings and overturning cars, and was felt as far away as Cyprus, 150 miles (241km) away....

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  • Causes of 2019 solar facility explosion which injured nine revealed in new report

    04 August 2020

    A final investigative report into the April 2019 explosion at utility company Arizona Public Service's (APS) solar battery facility in Surprise, Arizona was published on July 27. The report into the incident, which injured nine first responders, explains the reasons behind the explosion and offers several recommendations to prevent similar incidents occurring at other battery energy storage systems....

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  • Trump administration issues final ruling on transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail

    04 August 2020

    The US government released a final rule on July 24 allowing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be shipped by rail despite critics warning that it risks explosions. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) amended federal hazardous material rules which had prohibited the transportation of LNG via train....

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  • Chemical factory explosion kills six in China

    04 August 2020

    An explosion killed six workers at a chemical plant in Xintao City, China on August 3. The blast in central China’s Hubei province happened in a workshop of an organic silicon company and injured four people in addition to the six people killed....

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  • US Chemical Safety Board to continue with only one board member

    03 August 2020

    On July 31, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) postponed a scheduled public meeting in which the agency was to discuss its plans on how to operate despite having a one-person board instead of its usual five-person board....

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Coal mine explosion kills nine in Colombia 03 August 2020

An explosion at a coal mine in the municipality of El Zulia in northeast Colombia killed nine miners on July 31. The blast happened at the El Cedro underground coal mine and is thought to have been caused by a build up of gases within the mine....

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The August issue of Hazardex is now available! 03 August 2020

The August issue of Hazardex can now be read online. The issue includes PPTex Supplement No.9, plus features on Inerting Control and Intrinsic Safety....

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HSE publishes annual UK workplace fatality figures 29 July 2020

On July 1, the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) published its annual report on work-related fatal injuries for 2019/20. The report shows that a total of 111 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2019/20, a decrease of 38 from the previous year and the lowest annual number on record....

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US pipeline company and contractor responsible for 2016 spill settle for $1.6 million 28 July 2020

A US pipeline company and a contractor which were responsible for a 44,000-gallon unrefined crude oil spill in Ventura County, California in 2016 have agreed to pay a settlement of $1.6 million. Colorado-based Crimson Pipeline and its contractor CD Lyon Construction reached a settlement with the Ventura County District Attorney on July 21....

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Calls for Chevron gas project in Australia to be shut down after cracks found in critical components 28 July 2020

Energy giant Chevron is facing calls to shut down its Gorgon natural gas project on the west coast of Australia after thousands of cracks, some measuring up to one metre long and 30 millimetres deep, were discovered on critical components. The Gorgon gas project comprises a three-train, 15.6 million tonnes per annum LNG facility and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day....

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