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Three injured in explosion at 3M plant in Minnesota 13 April 2018

Three people were injured on April 13 as a result of an explosion at 3M’s Hutchinson manufacturing site in southern Minnesota. Local media said one of those affected had serious injuries and the other two minor injuries. There was no fire, and no release of hazardous materials....

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Canadian company fined $218K for fatal 2014 explosion 12 April 2018

On October 25, 2014, an explosion of aluminum dust in a collector outside a Veolia Environmental Services facility in Sarnia, Ontario, was vented inside where it killed one worker and injured five others. Failure to get approval for changes the company made to the dust collector involved resulted in a $218,000 penalty for the company....

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Hazardex 2018: The Conference, Exhibition & Awards Review Video 12 April 2018

Each year, Hazardex the global source of current news, legislation, products & services for the high hazard industries, stages a two day event that brings together end users/operators, legislators, certifiers, trainers, consultants & suppliers to network and knowledge share. Here is a video review of 2018..... ...

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New Zealand government announces historic ban on all new offshore oil and gas exploration 12 April 2018

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on April 12 that her government would not grant any new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration. The 22 existing permits would not be affected by the decision and any discoveries from firms holding these licenses could still lead to mining permits of up to 40 years, according to an emailed government statement....

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Indian utility updates safety rules following fatal explosion 12 April 2018

On November 1, 2017, the explosion of a boiler and subsequent fire at the Unchahar power plant in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh killed 45 workers and injured many more. Following this incident, plant operator NTPC has introduced strict new regulations and training programmes to ensure a similar incident does not happen again....

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UK company fined after workers suffer serious burns 12 April 2018

Two employees of BAS Castings Ltd suffered serious burns from an electrical flashover, with company shortcomings judged to be a causative factor by a court. The company, of Pinxton, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (3) and Regulation 14 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. It was fined a total of £ 60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £ 1,354....

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Russian shipyard blast kills one, injures nine 11 April 2018

One worker lost his life and nine others were injured in an explosion at the Russian Almaz shipbuilding yard on April 11, Sputnik reported, citing a statement from local authorities. According to the report, the explosion occurred inside a research ship which was undergoing repairs at the St. Petersburg-based yard....

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Three injured in explosion and fire at edible oil plant in southern Spain 09 April 2018

A dust explosion at a sunflower seed silo at the Deoleo Koipe factory in Andujar, near Jaen in Southern Spain, left three workers with minor injuries including smoke inhalation and shock. Sheets of metal were sent flying through the air after the blast and it took firefighters two hours to bring the blaze under control....

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Seven people injured in India steel plant explosion 06 April 2018

A blast at the SS Steel plant situated near Chanalo village at Sirhind, Punjab, injured seven workers on April 5. Four labourers including one with 20% face burn injuries were admitted to hospital and the other three discharged after first aid....

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CSB releases animation of Louisiana pulp and paper mill explosion 06 April 2018

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a new animation detailing the events of the February 8, 2017, explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America’s DeRidder, Louisiana, Pulp and Paper Mill that killed three contract workers and injured seven others. The explosion occurred during hot work activities during the facility’s annual shutdown....

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