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  • Refinery explosion kills one, injures nine in South Korea

    20 May 2022

    An explosion at a refinery owned by S-Oil Corp., one of South Korea’s largest refiners, killed one person and injured nine others on May 19. The incident happened in the southeastern city of Ulsan while crude oil was being processed into petroleum, fire officials said....

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  • CNOOC signs contract to manufacture 12 LNG carriers

    19 May 2022

    China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) has signed contracts for the construction of 12 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers worth 16 billion yuan (£1.9bn) – the largest investment in LNG ship construction ever in China....

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  • Equinor’s Melkøya LNG plant closure extended by a week

    17 May 2022

    Equinor has announced that while extensive repairs at its Melkøya LNG plant in Norway have been completed, the restart of the plant will take longer than expected. The plant has been closed since a fire at the plant in September 2020....

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  • Hazardex in the Regions - Ellesmere Port is THIS WEEK, register for FREE now!

    17 May 2022

    Hazardex in the Regions is coming to Ellesmere Port on May 18. Attendance is FREE, so register now and join us from 09:00-15:30 to hear from quality speakers and meet with a range of hazardous area exhibitors. Hot drinks & food are included, so there is such a thing as a free lunch...! Register for FREE now!...

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  • US milling company charged with fraud and conspiracy to conceal safety violations relating to 2017 explosion that killed five

    16 May 2022

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a corn milling company, a company Vice President, two environmental coordinators and three additional supervisors with crimes related to worker safety, fraud, air pollution and obstruction of justice, the US Department of Justice announced on May 11. The charges relate to a grain dust explosion in May 2017 which killed five workers and injured 14 others at Didion Milling in Cambria, Wisconsin....

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Tyre manufacturer cited for multiple safety violations after 3 workers suffer severe injuries on consecutive days 16 May 2022

The US Department of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a tyre manufacturing plant in Illinois, US on May 13. In two separate incidents on consecutive days in November 2021, three workers at the Continental Tire plant suffered severe injuries....

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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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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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