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  • Unstable ammunition causes fatal blast in India

    21 November 2018

    At least six people were killed and 18 injured in a massive explosion at an ammunition depot in central India. The November 20 blast, at the Pulgaon-based Central Ammunition Depot in Maharashtra’s Wardha district, allegedly took place as employees and contract workers disposed of unused 23mm anti-aircraft ammunition rounds made at the Khamaria Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)....

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  • Eleven killed, 12 injured in explosion at India steel plant

    10 October 2018

    A blast and fire at the Bhilai Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh in eastern India killed eleven employees and injured 12 on October 9, police said. The explosion at the state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) plant took place in a gas pipeline. The injured, most in a serious condition, were taken to hospital....

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  • Indian oil group to move LPG storage facility out of Mumbai for safety reasons

    17 September 2018

    Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), India’s second largest public sector oil and gas group, has decided to move the LPG storage facility out of its Mumbai Mahul refinery complex. D Rajkumar, the chairman and managing director of BPCL, said the move was “for safety and commercial reasons". The new facility will be built near the town of Rasayani, about 50km south-east of Mumbai....

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  • Explosion at Indian petrochemicals facility kills six

    13 September 2018

    THE explosion of a methane boiler tank at the Mohit petrochemical factory in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, killed six workers and left two others in a serious condition, according to local media. Another worker is reported to be missing. Welders had been repairing the tank, which had been leaking for the past few days....

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  • At least seven killed in Pakistan coal mine explosion

    13 August 2018

    A gas explosion trapped 14 labourers in a coal mine in Balochistan, western Pakistan, on August 12. The bodies of seven were brought to the surface on August 13, and local media said the Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority was attempting to retrieve the remaining seven miners from the mine in Sanjadi. There was no news about their chances of survival....

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Explosion and fire at Indian refinery injure 45 09 August 2018

A major fire broke out at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) Mahul refinery in Chembur on August 8, with initial reports claiming 45 workers had been injured, two critically. A BPCL official told local media the fire started due to a blast in the compressor shed of the hydrocracker plant at the refinery....

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Quarry explosion in India kills 11 workers 06 August 2018

At least 11 workers were killed and four others injured after a stock of dynamite caught fire and exploded at a granite quarry in southern India, officials said on August 4. Around 30 people were inside the quarry when the blast occurred at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh state. All the deceased are thought to be migrant labourers from Odisha....

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No safety recommendations implemented two years after fatal India chemical factory blast 31 July 2018

On May 26, 2016, a blast at the Probase chemical company in Dombivali, Maharashtra state, killed 12 and injured over 200 people. The explosion was caused by sparks from welding work igniting a huge stock of Propargyl chloride being stored on the site. ...

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Fatal Unchahar power plant blast in India ascribed to mistake by senior staff 24 July 2018

The explosion on 1 November 2017 that killed 45 workers at the Unchahar power plant in Uttar Pradesh was the result of an “error in judgment” by some of the plant’s most experienced operators, according to an internal investigation into the state-run electricity producer’s biggest disaster....

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Workers rescued after fire breaks out on oil tanker at Pakistani shipbreaking yard 17 July 2018

A fire on board an oil tanker at a shipbreaking yard in Gadani, Pakistan, on July 16 has been brought under control. Pakistani authorities said they managed to evacuate 20 workers from the vessel, the German tanker ADA, and there were no casualties reported....

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