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Chemical explosion at world’s largest railyard causes evacuations 19 September 2023

Several towns in western Nebraska, US were evacuated on 14 September after an explosion involving chemicals in a shipping container at the world’s largest railyard produced toxic fumes. The incident at Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte led to the evacuation of a one-mile radius as well as the closure of nearby highways....

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Robotic 'dog' halves time power workers spend in confined spaces 24 August 2023

In a UK-first innovative trial, robotic dog ‘Spot’ who is about the size of a Labrador, is helping to keep workers safe across the underground power network in London, the East, and the South East of England....

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Fire chiefs warn of explosion risks at proposed energy storage site 21 July 2023

Concerns have been raised about explosion risks at a planned battery storage facility near Wakefield in Yorkshire, UK. In a report produced by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (WYFRA), fire chiefs highlighted the potential risks posed by the site, including a densely populated area being exposed to a vapour cloud....

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Fire breaks out at hydrogen fuelling station, destroys $1.1 million hydrogen-fuelled bus 21 July 2023

Part of a hydrogen fuelling station was damaged and a hydrogen-fuelled bus was destroyed after a fire broke out in California, US on 18 July. The incident happened at Kern County’s first hydrogen fuelling station which is owned by Golden Empire Transit (GET) in the city of Bakersfield....

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Final report into 2019 bulk liquid storage terminal fire released 17 July 2023

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released its final investigation report on the 2019 tank farm fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) bulk liquid storage terminal in Deer Park, Texas. The massive fire caused substantial property damage, significantly impacted the environment, and led to the issuance of several shelter-in-place orders that seriously disrupted the local community....

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Train carrying hazardous materials derails, injures three 17 April 2023

A freight train operated by Canadian Pacific derailed on April 15 causing a fire which injured three employees. The incident happened while the train, which at the time was carrying hazardous materials amongst its cargo, travelled through the US state of Maine....

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Pipeline company fined £2.3m after workers put at risk of death 28 March 2023

A major pipeline transportation company has been fined £2.3million for safety breaches after its employees were exposed to risk of serious injury and even death while working on a leaking pipeline containing petrol under pressure....

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US safety agency to open special investigation into railway operator following multiple incidents 13 March 2023

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced that it has opened a special investigation of railway operator Norfolk Southern Railway’s organisation and safety culture. The investigation has been opened given the number and significance of recent Norfolk Southern accidents, including the derailment of a train carrying hazardous materials in Ohio on February 3....

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Safety agency examining rail car component in US train derailment investigation 06 March 2023

The US National Transportation Safety Board is looking closely at aluminium protective housing covers used on three of the vinyl chloride tank cars that derailed on February 3 in East Palestine, Ohio....

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Associated British Ports launches £2 billion plan for Energy Transition growth and Net Zero 2040 27 February 2023

Associated British Ports (ABP), which operates 21 ports and manages around 25% of the UK's sea-borne trade, has launched a wide ranging new sustainability strategy, ‘Ready for Tomorrow’ (RFT), backed by a plan to invest around £2 billion in decarbonising its own operations by 2040 at the latest and in major infrastructure projects to enable the wider UK energy transition....

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