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Three injured in explosion at Bulgarian weapons factory 13 March 2020

An explosion at an arms factory in Myglij, Bulgaria injured three people on March 11. The blast happened in a workshop belonging to Arsenal, an arms manufacturer, according to Bulgarian news agency BGNES....

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Chemical plant explosion in Barcelona kills one and injures 13 10 March 2020

One person died and 13 were injured in an explosion at a chemical plant in Barcelona, Spain. The blast occurred around 14:00 local time on March 10 at a chemical plant belonging to Spanish chemical company Proquibasa in La Verneda, an industrial neighbourhood in the north of the city....

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EU imposes sanctions over Turkey’s offshore drilling near Cyprus 10 March 2020

On February 27, the European Union imposed sanctions on two people for their roles in Turkey’s drilling operations off the Cypriot coast. In June 2019, Turkey stoked tensions with the EU after it sent a second drillship, the Yavuz, to Mediterranean waters thought to be rich in natural gas where both Turkey and the internationally recognised government of Cyprus have overlapping martime claims....

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Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence – Contribution to Safety Winner 09 March 2020

At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the award for Contribution to Safety went to… Dron & Dickson for its fully integrated hazardous area products and services....

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Eight agricultural grain explosions occur in US during 2019 09 March 2020

Researchers from the Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering at Purdue University in the US have calculated that there were eight agricultural grain explosions in the US during 2019, four fewer than in 2018. The explosions resulted in one fatality and four injuries....

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UK furniture retailer fined £400,000 for safety breaches 06 March 2020

JB Global, the parent company of UK furniture manufacturer Oak Furnitureland, has been fined £400,000 for breaching health and safety regulations, including DSEAR. Swindon Borough Council said that there was a significant risk of explosion at the Cheney Manor warehouse in Swindon, southwest England....

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South Korea chemical plant explosion injures 31 04 March 2020

An explosion at a Lotte Chemical plant in Seosan, South Korea injured 31 people on March 4. The blast was caused by a fire at a compressor in the plant’s naphtha cracker unit which has now been shut down....

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Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence – Best Customer Service Winner 03 March 2020

At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the award for Best Customer Service (Sponsored by CSA Group) went to… Raytec for excellence in customer care....

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EDF set to submit planning application for £16bn Sizewell C nuclear power plant 03 March 2020

EDF is finalising its formal planning application to build a new nuclear power station on the east coast of Suffolk in Sizewell, UK. According to The Telegraph, the French energy company will submit a Development Consent Order (DCO) in the next few weeks as part of the final stages in the planning process for the new £16 billion nuclear power station, Sizewell C....

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US gas company pleads guilty to violating safety laws, agrees to pay record $53 million fine 03 March 2020

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, a subsidiary of utility group NiSource, has agreed to pay a $53 million fine – the largest penalty imposed under the federal Pipeline Safety Act – and to sell its business in the state as a result of the September 2018 gas explosion disaster in northeastern Massachusetts which killed one person and injured 22 others....

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