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Taiwan chemical company managers receive sentences of four years and more for fatal Kaohsiung explosions 14 May 2018

On May 11, Kaohsiung District Court handed down jail terms ranging from four years to four years and 10 months to 12 defendants, including ex-LCY Chemical Corp. chairman Bowei Lee, for negligent homicide caused by the explosions in Kaohsiung nearly four years ago which killed more than 30....

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Blast at Japanese steel plant leaves one dead, one injured 30 April 2018

One man was killed and another injured on April 29 after an explosion at a Kyushu Steel Corp. plant in Takeo, Saga Prefecture, police said. The blast killed a 28-year-old employee who was investigating the cause of smoke coming from the basement area. More than 10 workers were at the plant when the accident occurred, but no other injuries were reported....

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At least 21 die in illegal oil well explosion in Indonesia 26 April 2018

At least 21 people were killed and 42 others injured in an explosion at an illegal oil well in East Aceh on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, in the early hours of April 24, according to the Jakarta Post. The fire spread rapidly and destroyed at least five village houses, according to the East Aceh Disaster and Evacuation Agency. ...

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North Korea nuclear test site out of action following massive 2017 blast – China report 26 April 2018

According to a study by Chinese geologists, North Korea's main nuclear testing site has disintegrated under the stress of five successive bomb tests. A mountain above the Punggye-ri facility has collapsed, the report said, rendering the site unsafe for future testing and presenting a serious risk of radiation leaks....

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Large oil spill off Borneo coast ignites and kills at least four [Updated] 03 April 2018

An Indonesian oil company has denied responsibility for a 4km-long oil slick off the coast of Borneo, which appears to be spreading and contaminating new stretches of coastline and local fisheries. At least four fishermen died in Balikpapan Bay on March 31 when part of the slick ignited. A fifth fisherman is missing....

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Three killed in north China factory explosion 03 April 2018

Three people died and three others were injured when an explosion hit a workshop of an aluminum company on April 3 in north China's Shanxi Province. The blast happened in the early morning at Yunhai aluminum company in Yongji City, according to Xinhua....

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Vietnam scraps new offshore oil project under pressure from China 26 March 2018

Vietnam has cancelled a major oil project in the South China Sea for the second time in a year in the face of Chinese pressure. State-owned PetroVietnam ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend planned operations in the Red Emperor field in Vietnam’s economic zone after coming under pressure from the Vietnamese Government, itself under pressure from China, according to a BBC report....

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China says workplace safety improved in 2017 14 March 2018

China saw fewer work-related accidents and fatalities last year as government regulators strengthened inspections and penalties. Still, there are more potential safety hazards as the economy develops and urbanization continues, the country’s work safety authority said....

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Three injured in Malaysia tanker vessel explosion 14 March 2018

Two dock workers were critically injured in a deck explosion and fire on a product tanker in Kalimantan, Malaysia, on March 13. The vessel’s captain was also injured, but less seriously, according to local news sources. The 6,500-dwt tanker, Dongfang Glory, was built in 2010 and is owned by Grolite Shipping of Malaysia....

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Government orders operator to partially halt Taiwan refinery after blast and fire 14 March 2018

Taiwan’s government has ordered state-run refiner CPC Corp to partially suspend operations at a refinery in the southern city of Kaohsiung after an explosion and fire on March 10 injured three workers. CPC said it would resume full production at the plant by end-March after a review by the government....

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