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  • Exploding whipped cream dispenser kills French lifestyle blogger

    22 June 2017

    A prominent lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser. Rebecca Burger's death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a domestic accident. French media reported she had died of cardiac arrest after the device exploded and struck her chest, despite receiving prompt medical attention....

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  • Hazardex 2018 Conference – Call for papers open

    21 June 2017

    We are now seeking abstracts for the Hazardex 2018 Conference to be held on February 28 & March 1 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK....

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  • German company fined over death of contractor in Irish tunnelling incident

    14 June 2017

    A German civil engineering company involved in building the Corrib gas tunnel in Western Ireland has been fined €300,000 following the death of a contractor. Wayss and Freytag Ingenieurbau AG pleaded guilty to breaches of health and safety legislation in an Irish court after the death of a contractor working for Herrenknecht, the company which built the project’s boring machine....

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  • Two killed in Polish ammunition plant explosion

    18 May 2017

    Two people were killed and 15 injured in an explosion at a black gunpowder plant in southwestern Poland, local authorities said on May 17. A spokesman for local firefighters said that the plant in Makolno, in the Wroclaw region, was destroyed in the blast. Four of the injured were hospitalised with burns....

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  • Explosion at ball-bearing plant in Germany injures 13 people

    16 May 2017

    Thirteen people were injured, four of them seriously, in an explosion on May 15 at a German factory operated by ball-bearings manufacturer Schaeffler, local police said. The blast at a cleaning facility for industrial salts at the plant in Eltmann, Bavaria, caused a fire that was fought by 120 firefighters as well as police and a large contingent of rescue staff....

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Chemical factory explosion in Spain injures 36 08 May 2017

A fire and several explosions at a Spanish facility that handles hazardous waste and solvents injured 36 on May 4, three seriously, according to local news sources. The incident at the Requimsa facility in Argando del Rey east of Madrid, broke windows and caused damage to neighbouring buildings....

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Spain abandons offshore gas storage project due to earthquake risk 04 May 2017

The Spanish Minister of Energy, Álvaro Nadal, said on May 3 that the Castor offshore gas storage field and facilities will be dismantled after final confirmation from a team including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University experts that gas injection into the field was causing tremors and minor earthquakes....

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News Extra: EU successfully displacing fossil fuels through increased use of renewables 02 May 2017

This is the conclusion of a new report from the European Environment Agency which details how renewables' share of the European energy mix is approaching 17% and has led to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across the bloc of around 10% since 2005....

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Fatal Norway helicopter crash witnesses saw explosion in the sky 02 May 2017

One year after the helicopter crash near Turøy, Norway, on 29 April 2016, the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) has published a preliminary report giving the latest evidence on the incident. The Airbus Helicopters EC 225 LP, en route from the Gullfaks B platform in the North Sea to Bergen Airport, came down after the main rotor head detached, killing all 13 people on board....

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Portugal fireworks factory blast kills five, three missing 04 April 2017

Five people died and another three were missing after an explosion on the evening of April 4 destroyed a fireworks factory at Avoes near the Portuguese town of Lamego. The victims were all workers at the plant 100km east of Porto, and the factory's owner was among the dead. All of the workers at the factory came from three local families, a local council spokesman said....

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