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Chemical plant blast kills six, injures five in Slovenia 13 May 2022

An explosion at a chemical plant in southeastern Slovenia killed six people and injured five others on May 12. The incident happened at a plant belonging to chemical producer Melamin in the town of Kocevje....

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Explosion at Tata Steel plant injures three 13 May 2022

An explosion at a Tata Steel plant in the city of Jamshedpur, India injured three people on May 7. According to Telegraph India, the blast involved a gas pipeline at the plant....

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Grain silo explosion injures two, causes $2 million worth of damage in US 13 May 2022

An explosion in a grain silo at an ethanol plant in Illinois, US injured two workers on May 11. According to the local fire department, the incident caused an estimated $2 million (£1.6m) worth of damage to the facility which belongs to BioUrja Group....

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US electric company fined $500,000 for 2017 explosion that killed five 10 May 2022

Tampa Electric (TECO) is facing a fine of $500,000 (£405K) in relation to an explosion that killed five workers at its Apollo Beach coal power plant in Tampa, Florida in June 2017. In court on May 6, TECO pleaded guilty to violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and now faces the fine as well as an order to pay compensation to the families of the victims....

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US refinery officials knew about issues years before 2018 explosion injured 36 people and caused mass evacuation 10 May 2022

Documents obtained from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have revealed that officials were aware of equipment issues at an oil refinery in Superior, northwestern Wisconsin years before a 2018 explosion injured 36 people and caused the mass evacuation of 21,000 people....

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Considerations for hazardous area classification of modular hydrogen facilities

Hydrogen production is rising in popularity due to an increasing demand for clean energies and fuel alternatives. Hydrogen electrolysis is one method of hydrogen production that is both energy and space efficient....

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Major pharmaceutical company reduces downtimes, improves safety using drone for tank inspections

Large scale tanks used for manufacturing pharmaceutical products are made out of stainless steel, since it is the best material for cleaning, and they must be kept clean at all times. After each production run the tanks are cleaned with acid and lye....

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The work continues

Every two months, SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE gives his perspective on the latest developments in the world of standards. This month, Ron discusses the first face-to-face international standards meetings for over two years....

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