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COGENT Skills to host free workshops at Hazardex & PPTex 2019 04 February 2019

Register to attend the Hazardex & PPTex 2019 exhibition and get the workshop access for free. 08:00 - 09:00 14:00 - 15:00 - On both days 27/2 & 28/2...

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Husky restarts limited production from White Rose oilfield off Newfoundland 04 February 2019

In late January, the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board approved Husky Oil's request to restart production at the White Rose oil field off Canada’s Atlantic coast. Operations have been suspended since a November 16 oil spill of an estimated 250,000 litres caused by a faulty flowline connector to the SeaRose FPSO, stationed about 350 kilometres off the coast....

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ExxonMobil settles with Cal/OSHA over 2015 Torrance incident 04 February 2019

ExxonMobil has agreed to pay $566,600 in a settlement with California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health for eight safety and workplace violations levied in the wake of the February 2015 fire and explosion that tore through the Torrance refinery in south-west Los Angeles. Cal/OSHA has been negotiating with the group for four years over the violation charges and fines....

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Third explosion in one month at US grain processor injures three 04 February 2019

An explosion and fire on January 31 at the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) soybean processing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, resulted in the hospitalisation of three workers with non-life threatening injuries, fire officials told local media. Earlier in the month a firefighter was killed in a blaze at an ADM grain facility in Clinton, Iowa, and there was a separate explosion at an ADM corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois. ...

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A total of 25 nominations were shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex 2019 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. **VOTING NOW CLOSED** Winners will be announced at the Hazardex 2019 Conference and Exhibition Gala Awards dinner on February 27, 2019. REGISTER FOR FREE TO ATTEND THE EXHIBITION ...

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Thirteen miners killed at Chinese-owned gold mine in Ghana 28 January 2019

The Ghana Mineral Commission has directed Shaanxi Mining Ghana Limited to suspend all operations at its Gbane mine site with immediate effect following the death of 13 small-scale miners in a blast on the site. Several other miners have reportedly been injured. Reports indicate that the incident occurred while company workers set off blasting explosives on the site....

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Death toll from Brazilian dam collapse rises to 58 28 January 2019

On January 25 a tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA collapsed, in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais province, triggering a deadly mudslide that two days later had a confirmed death toll of 58. Just over 300 people were still missing, with the list of those unaccounted for being constantly updated. Most of the missing are presumed dead, officials said....

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Two injured in electrical panel blast at Texas coatings plant 28 January 2019

An explosion and fire on January 24 at the Aegion Coating Services production plant in Conroe, Texas, left two people with injuries and forced workers to evacuate the facility, local news organisations reported. The incident remains under investigation by the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office. ...

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Death toll from Mexican pipeline explosion reaches 114 28 January 2019

The number of deaths caused by the explosion and fire on January 18 at the Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo, pipeline tap has risen to 114. Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer Varela told a press conference that 46 deaths had occurred in hospital and 23 burn victims remain in hospitals in Mexico City, the states of México and Hidalgo, and in Galveston, Texas....

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South Korea reports increase in marine oil spills in 2018 24 January 2019

On January 23, South Korean news agency reported Korea Coast Guard (KCG) saying the number of marine pollution and oil spill accidents in South Korea increased last year. A total of 288 accidents of sea pollution were reported nationwide in 2018, up 6%, or 271, from the previous year, the KCG said....

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