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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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Tank Storage Association launches new Safety Leadership Charter 27 July 2020

The Tank Storage Association (TSA) has formally launched a new Safety Leadership Charter, reaffirming its commitment to the original principles of Process Safety Leadership....

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Four workers suffer chemical burns at Wacker Chemical plant in US 27 July 2020

Four workers suffered injuries while performing maintenance tasks in a process building at Wacker Chemical’s polysilicon production facility in Charleston, Tennessee on July 24....

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Explosion at Oil India Ltd natural gas well injures three foreign experts, two months after initial blowout 24 July 2020

Three foreign experts were injured in an explosion at Oil India Limited’s (OIL) leaking natural gas well near Baghjan, in the state of Assam on July 22. The experts had been brought in to help stop an “uncontrollable” leak following a blowout on May 27. The explosion happened 56 days after the initial blowout which has already caused an explosion and several fires, one of which killed two firefighters....

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Chemical tanker explosion kills one, injures seven in South Korea 23 July 2020

A chemical tanker explosion killed one worker and injured seven others in Incheon City, South Korea on July 21. The blast happened after the tanker exploded at a chemical factory while hydrogen peroxide was being loaded into the vehicle....

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Business events & conferences given green light to resume in England from October 22 July 2020

Business events, conferences and events centres have been given the green light to reopen from October 1 as long as they adhere to social distancing measures, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. Kickstarting the new year will be the Hazardex 2021 International Conference and Exhibition taking place on February 24 and 25 at the Majestic Hotel in the elegant Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, UK....

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Time is running out to prevent catastrophe worse than Exxon Valdez in Yemen, says UN 21 July 2020

The UN Security Council has warned that war-torn Yemen and the wider Red Sea region face an unprecedented environmental catastrophe if United Nations experts are unable to gain access to the ageing – and now leaking – offshore oil storage vessel FSO Safer. The vessel contains around 181 million litres of oil and was found to be an explosion and oil spill risk in July 2019 but remains caught up in Yemen’s ongoing civil war....

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