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Australia electricity substation explosion injures two 04 September 2016

Two men suffered burns after an explosion occurred at an electricity substation at Airds in south west Sydney. A Fire and Rescue spokesperson said that, on arrival, they found a large electricity distribution kiosk emitting smoke. One suffered severe burns to his face, chest and hands and was transported to the specialist burns unit at Royal North Shore Hospital while the second had minor burns....

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WorkSafe NZ lays multiple charges against company and director over fatal Auckland explosion 13 May 2016

WorkSafe New Zealand has laid 33 charges against Salters Cartage Ltd and its director, Ron Salter, in Manukau District Court on May 12. A welder working on a 100,000-litre tank at the hazardous waste disposal company died on September 15 last year when the tank exploded causing a massive blast that was heard kilometres away....

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Sixty rescued after New Zealand tour boat explosion and fire 18 January 2016

Some 53 passengers and seven crew were rescued from a charter vessel off New Zealand’s North Island after the boat’s engine exploded and caught fire on January 18. The 23-metre PeeJay V had been cruising to White Island volcano, 20 miles off shore in the Bay of Plenty, when the accident happened less than a mile from port. Some jumped into rubber lifeboats while others leapt straight into the water as the flames took hold....

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One killed in New Zealand recycling facility blast 16 September 2015

An explosion killed one person in South Auckland, New Zealand, on September 15. The blast happened at Salters Cartage, a hazardous materials recycling business and witnesses spoke of seeing flames leaping 30m into the air, and feeling buildings shake 5km from the blast site. Part of a fuel tank was propelled about 100m through the air and landed across the road from the blast site....

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New Zealand aluminium plant owners fined after explosion injures worker 19 August 2015

McKechnie Aluminium Solutions was fined $33,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in reparations to a worker who suffered serious burns in an explosion on 23 May 2014 at its Bell Block plant in New Zealand’s North Island....

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Australian mine workers injured by arc flash 27 July 2015

Two workers were injured in an arc flash incident in a West Australian underground mine. The workers, an electrician and mechanical fitter, were investigating water overflow issues at the unnamed site when the incident occurred, according to a WA Department of Mines and Petroleum  (DMP) report....

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South Australia power station blast injures three 08 June 2015

Three people, including two firefighters, have been injured at Alinta Energy's Northern Power Station outside Port Augusta, South Australia, after an explosion on the morning of June 7.The Country Fire Service and Metropolitan Fire Service were called to the power station about 11am where a fire had broken out in a coal storage facility....

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Anglo American suspends operations at Australian coal mine after fatal accident 16 February 2015

A coal miner has been killed and another man seriously injured early on February 16 after a tyre exploded at Anglo American’s Dawson coal mine in Queensland, and the company said it had suspended operations at the mine following the incident. A Queensland police spokesman said a truck tire exploded while it was being inflated during a tire change....

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Australia shopping mall explosion kills two, injures eight 03 February 2015

Two people are confirmed dead and eight more are injured after an explosion in a shopping complex in Western Australia on February 3. Local media said that a transformer exploded at or near a Woolworths at the Galleria shopping centre in Morley, northeast Perth, at about 9.30am, although police said the cause of the explosion was unknown....

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News Extra: Australian mine safety report highlights problems with explosion protected equipment and coal dust 17 December 2014

In the Queensland Mine Safety Performance and Health Report 2013-14, Acting Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health Paul Harrison highlighted a number of problem areas that he said the Mines Inspectorate would be concentrating on in 2014-15. The first involves the increase in explosion protected equipment damage incidents in underground coal mines, which he calls a “disturbing trend”....

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