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“Fire-related event” injures three and forces operations to stop at Canadian pellet plant 30 November 2020

A fire injured three employees of wood pellet manufacturer Pinnacle Pellet on November 25 at the company’s facility in Houston, British Columbia. Operations were shut down following the incident while the three workers were taken to hospital....

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Five people injured in fertiliser factory blast in New Zealand 12 October 2020

Five workers were hospitalised after an explosion at a fertiliser factory in New Zealand on October 6. The blast happened in Dunedin on New Zealand’s south eastern coast at a factory belonging to Ravensdown....

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Real-time imaging can help prevent deadly dust explosions 06 August 2020

Researchers at Purdue University have developed an image- and video-based application using OpenCV algorithms that detect explosible suspended dust concentration. The app uses a camera or a video recording device to image and determine suspended dust and to accurately distinguish it from normal background noise....

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Three people injured after biogas facility explosion in Taiwan 01 May 2020

An explosion at a biogas facility on May 1 injured three workers in Hualien County, Taiwan. Firefighters responded to the blast at around 09:45 local time and found three injured workers suffering from fractures and other injuries....

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Five injured after suspected dust explosion in US 16 March 2020

Five contractors were injured on March 11 after an explosion occurred at the Valley Proteins process plant in Rose Hill, North Carolina. According to local media, three medical helicopters were called to the scene after some of the injured sustained third-degree burns....

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Fatal blast rocks Japanese food factory in China 03 December 2019

An explosion occurred at a Japanese-affiliated food processing factory in the Beijing suburbs, leaving one person dead and two others missing, state-run China Central Television said on December 3....

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US Administration guts Chemical Disaster Rule adopted after fatal 2013 Texas fertiliser explosion 27 November 2019

On November 21, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it was removing many of the original measures proposed in an Obama-era regulation dubbed the Chemical Disaster Rule aimed at preventing disasters caused by dangerous chemical storage facilities....

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Utility under fire again as California faces blackouts and wildfires cause mass evacuations 29 October 2019

Close to 200,000 Northern California residents, many of them left in the dark by a third power shutdown in a month, have been ordered to leave their homes as high winds fuelled an explosion of wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area....

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US grain dust explosions rise in 2018, but fatalities and injuries decline 22 February 2019

The number of grain dust explosions reported in the US at grain handling, feed manufacturing and biofuel facilities increased in 2018, but fatalities and injuries in these events were down on the previous year, according to the annual report issued by Purdue University's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering....

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Three seriously injured in explosion at Canadian wood pellet plant 13 February 2019

One man was airlifted to hospital in critical condition following a February 11 explosion at a wood pellet production plant in Entwistle, Alberta. Two others are reported to be in serious condition as a result of the blast at the Pinnacle Renewable Energy plant, and local residents said it rocked buildings nearby. Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) are on scene and investigating....

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