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Canada scrap-metal plant ordered to shut down over explosions 23 November 2018

The New Brunswick provincial government has ordered an explosion-plagued metal recycling facility at the Port of Saint John to cease all operations immediately. The American Iron & Metal Company Inc. has been the scene of numerous blasts in recent weeks and continued operations, despite a September order from the landowner to cease operations after any explosion. ...

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 exhibitors and sponsors 23 November 2018

The Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 27th & 28th. The event will be sponsored by PR Electronics & Trolex with many more companies (listed below) confirmed to exhibit. Spaces are now limited, so get in touch soon if you wish to take a stand at the original and longest established specialist hazardous area operations event. Event now CPD certified.

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EDF extends outage at UK reactor where cracks found 22 November 2018

EDF Energy has extended an outage at the no. 3 reactor at Hunterston B nuclear power station in Scotland, offline since March when cracks were found in its core, until February 21. The reactor was initially scheduled to return to service on November 17, later pushed back until December 18. The cracks were found in graphite bricks used to control the nuclear reaction within the reactor. ...

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Three miners killed, two critical after Turkish coal mine explosion 22 November 2018

Three miners were killed and two injured after an underground explosion in Turkey’s Black Sea region early on November 21. The blast, thought to have been caused by methane, took place at an unlicensed mine in Kilimli in the northern province of Zonguldak. The two injured miners are in critical condition, according to hospital sources quoted by state-run news agency Anadolu....

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Unstable ammunition causes fatal blast in India 21 November 2018

At least six people were killed and 18 injured in a massive explosion at an ammunition depot in central India. The November 20 blast, at the Pulgaon-based Central Ammunition Depot in Maharashtra’s Wardha district, allegedly took place as employees and contract workers disposed of unused 23mm anti-aircraft ammunition rounds made at the Khamaria Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)....

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Oil leak from FPSO off Newfoundland coast said to be province’s largest ever 20 November 2018

An oil spill off the coast of Newfoundland caused an estimated 250,000 litres of crude to leak into the ocean, Husky Energy said on November 16. The leak, from a flowline to the SeaRose FPSO, stationed about 350 kilometres off the coast, happened in the White Rose field while crews were preparing to restart production after operations were suspended the previous day due to high winds and rough seas....

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US federal regulator blames utility for Massachusetts gas network blasts 20 November 2018

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on November 15 that utility company NiSource failed to adequately draft and oversee natural gas pipeline work orders and those lapses led to deadly blasts in three Massachusetts communities in September. The federal regulator said ineffective oversight of works by Columbia Gas Co of Massachusetts, a subsidiary of NiSource, was responsible for the disaster....

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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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Forty-two killed in Zimbabwe bus explosion and fire 19 November 2018

A gas cylinder in the luggage compartment is thought to be the source of a deadly fire which engulfed a bus travelling from Zvishavane in Zimbabwe to the South African border town of Musina on November 16. This is the second bus disaster inside two weeks after two buses collided on November 7, killing 47 people....

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