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South Wales Police says steel company will not face corporate manslaughter charges for fatal 2015 explosion 05 January 2018

In a statement referring to the blast at steelmaker Celsa Steel UK in Cardiff on 18 November 2015 which killed two workers, South Wales Police said: "Following a thorough joint investigation by South Wales Police and the HSE, the Crown Prosecution Service found insufficient evidence to support gross or corporate manslaughter charges." ...

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Hazardex 2018 Exhibition 05 January 2018

The 2018 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition will be taking place once again at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK on February 28 and March 1. The two-day Conference & Exhibition, which also includes workshops, free seminar content, a networking dinner and awards ceremony, aims to strengthen and expand the community that looks to the Hazardex website and journal for industry intelligence and information....

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OSHA fines Florida utility over fatal June power plant explosion 02 January 2018

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued $140,000 in fines against Tampa Electric (TECO), owner and operator of the Big Bend power plant which suffered a catastrophic explosion in June 2017 that resulted in five deaths and a serious injury. In the incident, the clearance of a furnace blockage sent molten slag spewing across the space under the unit where a number of staff were working. ...

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Explosion at major Venezuela refinery injures two 02 January 2018

A furnace exploded during a unit restart at Venezuela’s largest refining complex, injuring two workers, sources told Reuters on December 28. The explosion occurred at the naphtha reformer of the Cardon refinery on the Paraguana peninsula, the sources said. The two victims are receiving medical treatment....

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Nexen Energy charged over fatal 2016 oil sands plant explosion in northern Canada 02 January 2018

On December 19, Alberta Occupational Health and Safety filed eight charges against Nexen Energy over an incident in January 2016 when two workers were killed in an explosion at Nexen’s Long Lake site south of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta. The facility has been shut down ever since....

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Exploding car destroys 1,400 others in Liverpool car park 02 January 2018

Flames from an exploding car spread through all seven levels of the Liverpool Echo Arena multistorey car park in northern England on December 31, destroying 1,400 vehicles and causing at least £10 million worth of damage. Dan Stephens, chief fire officer at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said the temperature of the blaze was between 800C and 1,000C....

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US federal agency orders recall of 45 million gallons of propane due to lack of odorant 02 January 2018

More than 45 million gallons of propane in five US states is being recalled because it has been insufficiently odorised which could mean leaks go undetected. The propane was manufactured by Western Gas and distributed in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. It may have been delivered to customers’ small storage tanks or purchased from retailers in portable cylinders from April 2015 to October 2017....

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Manager injured in explosion at Bangladeshi gas plant after striking match 01 January 2018

According to the Dhaka Tribune, witnesses said an explosion occurred when the field manager of the RPGCL oil and gas plant in Gopalganj, Sylhet, struck a match to check a leaking petrol supply line on December 29. The manager received serious burn injuries in the blast and was taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College for treatment....

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Hazardex 2018 Awards for Excellence – Final nominations due by 5 January 2018 23 December 2017

The Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 28 & March 1 2018, will feature a hazardous area and process safety awards programme to highlight examples of excellence across the sector. **Categories open for final nominations are Contribution to the Environment, Best User Application and Best Customer Service**. ...

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Happy New Year! 22 December 2017

The Hazardex team would like to wish our readers, advertisers, contributors and other friends a Happy New Year. Thank you for your support, and we hope to see many of you at the Hazardex Conference and Exhibition at the end of February. ...

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