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ConAgra found liable for 2009 fatal explosion 17 September 2018

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled on September 14 that ConAgra Foods Inc. must indemnify an engineering firm for $108.9 million after the latter settled wrongful death suits resulting from an explosion at ConAgra's Slim Jim factory in Garner, North Carolina, in June 2009 which killed four people....

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One dead, one seriously injured after explosion at Florida weapons plant 17 September 2018

One person died and another was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries after an explosion at a non-lethal weapons manufacturing plant near Tallahassee, Florida. The explosion occurred on the morning of September 14 at the AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems plant in Perry, Taylor County....

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Oil & Gas UK study expects industry employment to have risen slightly in 2018 14 September 2018

Oil & Gas UK’s 2018 Workforce Report forecasts an increase across direct, indirect and induced employment to 282,700 from 280,000 in 2017. This comes after total employment supported by industry fell by 14% in 2017 - below previous estimates of 302,000 as the downturn continued to be felt by the supply chain. ...

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Trump Administration unveils new proposals to loosen rules on methane leaks 14 September 2018

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has proposed to significantly weaken standards that limit methane emissions from oil and gas industry sources. The original standards, finalised by the Obama-era EPA in 2016, were designed to reduce methane leaks by as much as 510,000 tons by 2025....

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One killed, dozens injured and hundreds evacuated after string of explosions and fires in north Massachusetts 14 September 2018

At least one person has been killed and at least 25 injured after a series of gas explosions in towns north of Boston on the evening of September 13. Officials said many explosions and up to 80 fires broke out in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, thought to have been caused by the overpressurisation of a gas main belonging to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts....

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Pennsylvania gas pipeline explosion could have been caused by landslide 13 September 2018

Torrential rain and saturated ground likely caused an Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) pipeline in Western Pennsylvania to slip and explode on September 10, the company said, but the exact cause remained unclear pending an investigation. There were no injuries in the massive explosion, which took place in Center Township, 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh....

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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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Nigeria gas tanker explosion kills dozens 12 September 2018

At least 35 died and hundreds were injured after a tanker exploded at a petrol station in northern Nigeria's Nasarawa state, the country's emergency agency said. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official said on September 10 the accident happened at a petrol station along the Lafia-Makurdi road linking the capital city of Abuja with northern and southern Nigeria....

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Advanced firefighting robot on display at conference in Australia 10 September 2018

A Chinese-built firefighting robot was presented to Australian emergency services professionals in early September. The CITIC Heavy Industries RXR-MC80JD is a tracked robot designed to conduct reconnaissance and fight fires in extreme situations and hazardous areas. The company developed the robot after the Tianjin disaster in 2015, where explosions at a chemical depot killed 175 and injured a further 900....

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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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