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  • Report into California gas explosion that injured 15 US Marines says training area hazards need to be identified

    12 December 2017

    On September 13, an AAV7 armoured amphibious vehicle that went into a roadside ditch while on a training exercise at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego, punctured a gas main and the ensuing leak caused a 20-foot pillar of flames that engulfed the vehicle. The 15 military personnel inside the vehicle were all injured, with at least nine in critical condition with severe burns immediately after the incident. ...

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  • Four injured in Vermont aerospace plant dust collector explosion

    11 December 2017

    An outdoor dust collector exploded at the UTC Aerospace Systems plant in Vergennes, Vermont, on December 8, injuring four workers inside the facility, emergency response officials told local news organisations. Four workers were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, with one of these treated for burns....

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  • Two killed by oil tank explosion in Peru

    08 December 2017

    On December 6, Petroperu reported that an explosion in a crude oil tank at Station No. 8 on the Nor Peruano Pipeline, located in the province of Jaén, Cajamarca, left two people dead. The deceased were workers employed by a maintenance contractor and a third worker suffered first and second degree burns, Petroperu said....

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  • Three injured in Arkansas chemical plant blast

    08 December 2017

    An explosion at the United Initiators plant in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, injured three people, according to the local fire department. The company, which makes peroxide at the site, released a statement saying that a decomposition involving benzoyl peroxide occurred, injuring the workers. Production has stopped and an investigation is under way....

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  • Farmers killed in Illinois gas pipeline explosion

    06 December 2017

    Two farmers were killed and two injured, one critically, after they ruptured a natural gas pipeline while laying drainage pipes in a field near the town of Dixon, Illinois, on December 5. The pipeline is owned by Kinder Morgan and its subsidiary Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, and representatives arrived to investigate the incident after the resulting blaze was put out by the local fire department....

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Canada remembers Great Halifax Explosion on 100th anniversary of largest blast of pre-atomic era 05 December 2017

On December 6th, 1917, the French cargo ship SS Mont-Blanc, having left New York loaded with explosives destined for the Allied war effort in Europe, collided with the New York-bound Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia. The resulting fire set off an explosion that flattened large parts of the city, killed at least 2,000 and injured a further 9,000....

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US Court rules in favour of tribes over oil-spill response plan for Dakota Access Pipeline 05 December 2017

On December 4, a federal judge ordered pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners LP to coordinate with local tribes and the Army Corps of Engineers to create an oil-spill response plan for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP) by next April. The 1,170-mile (1,900-km) North Dakota-to-Illinois pipeline has been in operation since June....

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Hose company faces legal action over explosion at Minnesota truck company 30 November 2017

Swagelok Co., an Ohio-based company that assembles and sells hoses and fittings, has been named in a series of lawsuits filed by representatives of five employees who were seriously injured in an explosion at the McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing plant in Dodge Center, Minnesota, on January 11....

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US cosmetics plant explosions kill one, injure dozens 21 November 2017

One person is dead and up to 40 reported injured after two explosions and a fire at a cosmetics plant in upstate New York. The plant is owned by Verla International, a contract packaging and filling company for cosmetics and perfumes. Early indications are that the blasts were triggered by chemicals used at the plant, with an investigation ongoing into the precise cause....

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Wisconsin grain milling company fined $1.8 million after fatal dust explosion 20 November 2017

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will fine Didion Milling Inc. a total of $1.8 million for not complying with federal safety standards, which investigators say could have prevented the huge explosion on May 31 at its Wisconsin grain mill which killed five workers and injured a dozen others. ...

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