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Tata Chemicals fined over £1 million following contractor’s death at UK plant 10 June 2024

Tata Chemicals Europe Limited has been fined after a young father died following an incident while erecting a scaffold tower in a chemical plant in Northwich, Cheshire. Michael Densmore died following complications to a wound he sustained after his right foot slipped into a trough containing liquid chemical calcium hydroxide – more commonly known as ‘milk of lime’ – causing chemical and thermal burns....

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TotalEnergies acquires West Burton B gas-fired power plant 10 June 2024

TotalEnergies has signed an agreement with energy investor EIG for the acquisition of West Burton Energy for £450 million. West Burton Energy owns and operates the West Burton B gas-fired power plant in Nottinghamshire, England which comprises three combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGT) with a total output of 1.3 GW....

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Consent granted for Belinda project in UK North Sea 07 June 2024

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) granted a Development and Production Consent for the Belinda oil and gas field in the Central North Sea on 17 May 2024, which allows the owner to proceed with the project....

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The June 2024 issue of Hazardex is now available! 05 June 2024

The June 2024 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! This month's issue includes the latest industry news & developments, as well as some fantastic feature articles covering Regulations, Inspections, Signalling, and Functional Safety. Read the issue now!...

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US chemical plant explosion kills worker 04 June 2024

An explosion at a liquid nitriding facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee killed one person on 30 May. The worker was initially rushed to hospital with serious injuries but was later confirmed to have died. The incident happened at a facility operated by TS USA....

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Explosion on bulk carrier kills seven in Morocco 04 June 2024

Seven people were killed in an explosion on a bulk carrier off the coast of Morocco on 30 May. Officials said the incident happened just after 10:00 local time aboard a Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier that was anchored eight miles from the Port of Jorf Lasfar....

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Leading tool, equipment manufacturer cited after maintenance electrician suffers severe burns 04 June 2024

One of the world's largest tool and equipment manufacturers, Stanley Black + Decker, could have prevented a 29-year-old maintenance electrician from suffering severe burns during an electrical arc blast at a company facility in Willard, Ohio if required safety standards were followed, a US Department of Labor investigation has found....

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Recycling company fined after workers exposed to wood dust 04 June 2024

Workers at a wood waste recycling centre were put in danger due to excessive exposure to the dust their work created, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution has found. Esken Renewables Limited, a waste and recycling company that specialises in generating biofuel from renewable waste, ran a wood waste recycling centre in Middlesborough that processed mixed wood waste, hardwood and softwood into biofuel....

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New nuclear power plant earmarked for North Wales 03 June 2024

Wylfa in Anglesey, North Wales is the government’s preferred site for the UK’s third large-scale gigawatt nuclear power plant, the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has announced. The government is kickstarting talks with global energy firms to explore building the new power plant....

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IAEA Conference focusses on strengthening and sustaining nuclear security amid emerging threats 31 May 2024

Over 130 countries met at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) International Conference on Nuclear Security on 20 May. Attendees came together to strengthen nuclear security efforts to counter the threat of nuclear terrorism and other malicious acts in the face of emerging risks....

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Hazardous Area Inspections – Commitment vs Compliance

Electrical equipment installed in potentially explosive atmospheres possess special features that render them safe for such hazardous environments....

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IoT plus satellite delivers ubiquitous safety for hazardous gases in transit

It's clear that when petrochemical companies ship explosive products in rail tank cars and tank containers, it's essential that they always know the location of these assets, especially so if they travel long distances on their way to distribution partners and customers....

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The basis for development of safety concepts

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation....

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