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Nominate a company, product, or service for the Hazardex 2021 Awards for Excellence! 27 April 2021

The 2021 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition is taking place on 6th & 7th October 2021 at the Hilton Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK and will once again feature the industry’s most prestigious awards evening. The 2021 Hazardex Awards for Excellence will include six categories for which nominations are still open!...

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Oxygen packing plant explosion injures four in Brazil, oxygen tank explosion in Iraq kills 82 26 April 2021

An explosion at an oxygen packing plant in Brazil injured four people on April 24. Elsewhere, a fire caused by an oxygen cylinder blast killed 82 people and injured around 110 at a hospital in Baghdad, Iraq on April 25. The incidents come at a time when both countries are struggling to cope with the demand for oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients....

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US lumber producer fined $108,000 in relation to fatal September 2020 explosion 26 April 2021

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has fined lumber producer Sierra Pacific Industries $108,000 (£77,800) in relation to a pressure vessel explosion in September 2020. A maintenance worker was killed and another employee was injured by the blast at Sierra Pacific's lumber mill in Lincoln, California while the two men worked on an air compressor....

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Will China be the largest carbon trading market in the world? 26 April 2021

Qi Kang, Deputy Chief Engineer of the Shanghai Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Center, is the main designer of the Shanghai carbon trading market. While currently relying on the Shanghai Energy and Environment Exchange, Kang is participating in building a national carbon trading platform....

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Australian miners left “fuming” as mining giant restarts coal mine following 2020 explosion 23 April 2021

Workers at mining giant Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland, Australia have been left “fuming” as a result of the company’s decision to restart operations following an explosion in May 2020 which seriously injured five people. According to Reuters news agency, a union official has said that Anglo American has not kept workers informed about the plans to restart the mine, a claim disputed by the company....

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Tanker explosion kills two workers at railcar repair facility in US 23 April 2021

An explosion at a railcar repair facility in Wyoming, US killed two people on April 21. The two men were found unresponsive inside a tanker railcar by emergency responders after the incident was reported at around 15:20 local time....

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CNOOC establishes the Institute of Carbon Neutrality 21 April 2021

In order to strengthen its forward-looking research and strategic layout for carbon peak and carbon neutrality, CNOOC formally established the Carbon Neutrality Research Institute on April 2....

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£3 million nuclear robotics contract is first tranche in LongOps UK-Japan deal 20 April 2021

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has awarded Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) and Wälischmiller Engineering GmbH separate contracts totalling £3 million to supply robotic manipulator arms to its RACE research facility. The £3M contract stems from the £12M UK-Japanese robotics deal for fusion energy and nuclear decommissioning research, called "LongOps", announced in January this year....

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Pemex refinery explosion injures seven 20 April 2021

An explosion at a Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) oil refinery in the city of Minatitlan, eastern Mexico injured seven people on April 7. The incident is reported to have occurred in a transfer pump house....

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Explosion rocks Chilean city after incident at explosives factory 19 April 2021

The city of Calama in the north of Chile was rocked by a large explosion on April 16. The incident happened at a storage warehouse belonging to Enaex, a manufacturer of explosives for the mining industry....

Features

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Sensing an improvement in mining safety and productivity

The mining industry contributes significantly to the global economy in countless ways and plays a pivotal part in our everyday lives. We are constantly looking at ways to mine more efficiently, lower our costs to be more profitable and drive environmental and social responsibility....

Case Studies

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Case study: automation and digitalisation at scale

ANYbotics has collaborated with global chemical manufacturer BASF to deploy ANYmal at one of the company’s sites. The autonomous, four-legged robot has helped display the efficiency, quality, and scalability of robotic inspection and data-collection capabilities in complex industrial environments....

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Peripheral vision

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 side effects of Brexit that some within the industry may not have previously considered....

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