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10 killed in fire at pharmaceutical plant in China 16 April 2019

A fire tore through a pharmaceutical company in China's Shandong province, suffocating to death at least 10 persons and injuring 12 others, the fourth major industrial accident in the country since last month. The incident occurred on the afternoon of April 15 in the basement of Qilu Tianhe Pharmaceutical when welding sparks ignited a heat-transferring substance, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. ...

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Inquiry shows India chemical factory blast followed series of violations by operating company 14 March 2018

An inquiry by the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) into the chemical factory blast in Tarapur’s Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has pointed to a series of violations by Novaphene Specialties Pvt Ltd that led to an uncontrolled fire which killed four and injured 14 factory workers. ...

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India pharma plant fire injures seven 26 February 2018

A major fire at a pharmaceuticals manufacturing plant seriously injured seven staff members on February 23 in Jeedimetla, a suburb of Hyderabad in the Indian state of Telangana. Fire and rescue personnel led 20 other staff to safety and extinguished the flames in 90 minutes at the Seutic Pharmaceuticals plant. ...

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Senior US Senator calls for mandatory local authority notification of OSHA serious violation citations 08 January 2018

In the wake of the Verla International cosmetics factory explosion that killed one person and injured more than forty in the town of New Windsor, NY, on November 20, New York Senator Chuck Schumer has called for more coordination between federal and local government agencies when a company is cited for serious health and safety violations....

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Shell Canada says Quest carbon capture and storage project exceeds expectations 17 November 2017

Shell Canada’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in the Alberta oil sands has sequestered over two million tonnes of carbon dioxide underground. Quest, situated at Shell’s Scotford facility, hit the two million tonne target in July 2017, some 21 months after becoming operational. The company said the target was originally expected to be reached after two years, and the project was exceeding expectations. ...

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GSK fined £55,000 over 2013 explosion at Scottish plant that injured two employees 22 December 2016

The Daily Record reported on December 21 that the parent company of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was fined £55,000 for health and safety failings following an explosion at the Irvine plant in Scotland over three years ago which left two employees injured. Smithkline Beecham Limited pleaded guilty to the health and safety failings following the incident in July 2013....

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Nine killed in Indian pharma plant explosion 12 December 2016

The death toll in the blast and subsequent fire at the Nitika Pharmaceutical Specialities plant in Nagpur, Maharashtra, rose to nine on December 11, with four others said to be in a critical condition. The first explosion on December 2 took place in a drier unit, and was followed by other blasts and a raging fire which quickly spread to other buildings on the site....

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Greenpeace report claims chemical accidents in China killed 200 in first 8 months of 2016 22 September 2016

According to a Greenpeace report quoted by the New York Times, 199 have been killed and a further 400 injured in the production, storage and transportation of chemicals in China from January to August 2016. The investigation, which relied on government statistics, found that there were 232 chemical accidents over the period....

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Brexit worries hold back some investment, but UK chemical and pharmaceutical companies project positive outlook 04 August 2016

The UK Chemical Industries Association second quarter member company business survey found that, despite weakening sales and exports in Q2 2016, chemical and pharmaceutical companies are continuing their positive outlook over the next twelve months,in the midst of significant post-Brexit concerns.  ...

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GSK makes £275 million manufacturing investment in UK despite Brexit uncertainty 28 July 2016

On July 26, pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced £275 million of new investment at three of its manufacturing sites in the UK to boost production and support delivery of its latest innovative respiratory and large molecule biological medicines. The investment will take place at GSK plants in Barnard Castle in County Durham, Montrose in Scotland, and Ware in Hertfordshire....

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