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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Conference – Call for papers NOW CLOSED, programme to be announced shortly 08 October 2018

We are now seeking abstracts for the Hazardex and PPTex 2019 Conference to be held on February 27 & 28 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. 2019 will be The Year of Process Safety Leadership, and this will be a major area of focus for the COMAH community. ...

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Awards for Excellence 06 October 2018

The Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on 27 & 28 February 2019, will feature a hazardous area and process safety awards programme to highlight examples of excellence across the sector. Categories open for nomination are Contribution to Safety, Contribution to the Environment, Technical Innovation, Best User Application, PPTex Innovation and Best Customer Service....

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UK chicken factory chemical spill kills two pest controllers 05 October 2018

Two pest controllers have been found dead at a factory in Norfolk following a suspected chemical spillage. Emergency services were called to the Banham Poultry plant in Attleborough in the early hours of October 4 after the exterminators were found close to the processing centre. Norfolk Constabulary said no one else was injured. ...

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Pennsylvania authorities file formal complaint against utility over fatal gas explosion 05 October 2018

According to ABC, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has filed a formal complaint alleging UGI Utilities violated state and federal regulations regarding a fatal natural gas explosion in a house near Lancaster, central Pennsylvania, last year....

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Engineer killed, three injured in Egyptian oil depot explosion 05 October 2018

An engineer was killed and three others seriously injured on October 4 when an explosion ripped through a warehouse of petroleum products at an oil company in Shubra al-Kheima, northern Egypt. Local media reported that during the maintenance of a fuel line, a fuel leak occurred which caused the explosion. ...

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Italian winery suffers Prosecco explosion 03 October 2018

A video posted to Facebook in late September by an Italian producer of Prosecco shows 30,000 litres of the sparkling wine spilling out of a fermentation silo. The footage, from Enoteca Zanardo Giussano based in Conegliano in Italy’s northern Veneto region, shows fountains of wine gushing down the sides of the large tank and pooling around its base....

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US zinc mine explosion kills one 03 October 2018

A gas explosion killed a miner working 3,800 feet (1,158 metres) underground at an Empire State Mines zinc mine in upstate New York on October 2, according to a statement issued by state police.  The mine, owned by Vancouver-based Titan Mining Corp, is in the town of Gouverneur, near the Canadian border 95 miles (152 kilometres) north of Syracuse....

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German energy minister says Russian gas pipeline necessary to secure European energy supply 01 October 2018

Thomas Bareiss, Germany’s state secretary for energy, told an energy conference in London that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, from Russia to Germany, is important to secure German energy supplies into the future. He also told the Bloomberg NEF Future of Energy summit that Russia was a safe and reliable provider. US President Donald Trump earlier threatened companies working on the project with sanctions....

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UK waste company fined after two workers injured in explosion 28 September 2018

A Bedfordshire waste company has been sentenced after two of its employees suffered burns whilst processing flammable aerosol containers. B & W Waste Management Services Ltd of Thurleigh Road, Milton Earnest pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (1) of Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 and has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,603.14....

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Fatal Armenia hospital explosion linked to oxygen tank 26 September 2018

A deadly explosion took place on Sepember 25 at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Medical Centre in Yerevan, Armenia, according to news agency Armenpress. The blast took place in an oxygen refilling plant located adjacent to the medical centre owned by the facility. The Armenian healthcare ministry confirmed one maintenance employee of the centre died and another was injured....

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