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Portugal explosion and fire kills eight, injures 50 15 January 2018

At least eight people have been killed and 50 others injured after a blast in a heating boiler triggered a fire at a community centre in northern Portugal on January 14. More than 60 people were at the centre for an amateur card tournament or were watching football on TV when the blast happened, with the fire igniting material in the roof and spreading quickly, causing panic....

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Automation of ammunition production in China could triple output and reduce fatal accidents 09 January 2018

Artificial intelligence and robotics could triple China’s production of bombs and shells by 2028, according to a senior scientist involved in the program to boost ammunition productivity quoted by the South China Morning Post. The scientist told the Hong Kong newspaper that smart machines have begun replacing workers in a quarter of the country’s ammunition and ordnance f...

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Iranian oil tanker on fire in East China Sea - 32 crew missing 09 January 2018

On January 9, the stricken Iranian tanker Sanchi was still ablaze some 160 nautical miles off China’s coast near Shanghai three days after fire broke out on the vessel after a collision with a grain carrier. Strong winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to douse the flames and locate its missing crew. ...

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Veolia Canadian subsidiary and manager acquitted of criminal negligence charges over fatal 2014 explosion 08 January 2018

Veolia Environmental Services and one of its managers have been acquitted of criminal negligence charges over a 2014 workplace explosion at a plant in Sarnia, Ontario, that killed one worker and injured five others. The manager concerned is Anthony Lavoratore, Industrial Services Area Manager at the company....

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Senior US Senator calls for mandatory local authority notification of OSHA serious violation citations 08 January 2018

In the wake of the Verla International cosmetics factory explosion that killed one person and injured more than forty in the town of New Windsor, NY, on November 20, New York Senator Chuck Schumer has called for more coordination between federal and local government agencies when a company is cited for serious health and safety violations....

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India metal plant blast claims four lives 08 January 2018

A boiler explosion at a metal plant in Surampalli near Vijayawada in the southeast Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has killed four workers, with five more listed as critical with between 70% and 15% burns. Local police said the blast, at GS Alloys and Castings, was due to steam pressure build up in one of the plant’s boilers....

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Hazardex 2018 Awards - Contribution to Safety Award Candidates 05 January 2018

* Contribution to Safety - A product, system or service which has made a significant contribution to safety in hazardous area environments ...

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Hazardex 2018 Awards - Best User Application Award Candidates 05 January 2018

* Best User Application - An application highlighting the benefits of a product, system or service for use in hazardous areas ...

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Hazardex 2018 Awards - Technical Innovation Award Candidates 05 January 2018

* Technical Innovation - An innovative product or system for use in hazardous area environments...

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Hazardex 2018 Awards - Best Customer Service Award Candidates 05 January 2018

* Best Customer Service - A company or corporate divisionthat has provided excellent customer service in the sector over the last two years...

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