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Explosion at Bulgarian ammunition manufacturer kills one, injures two 06 November 2023

An explosion at Bulgaria’s largest armaments factory, Vazovski Mashinostroitelni Zavodi (VMZ) EAD, killed one worker and injured two others on 25 October. The incident at the facility in the town of Sopot, 40 miles (65km) north of Plovdiv, occurred during the handling of explosives in a workshop at the site, officials said....

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Battery cell manufacturing plant faces £222,000 in fines after safety violations 17 October 2023

A manufacturer of battery cells for electric vehicles is facing penalties of up to $270,000 (£222,000) after US Department of Labor investigators identified 19 safety and health violations at a facility in Ohio, US....

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UK Health & Safety Executive fines two companies for wood dust failures 17 October 2023

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) fined two separate companies in October for safety failures relating to exposing workers to excessive wood dust. A furniture company based in Northwich has been fined £16,000 for repeatedly failing to protect employees, while a Lincolnshire-based sole trader was fined around £1,300 and ordered to pay over £3,500 in court fees....

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Chocolate manufacturer fined after failing to evacuate before gas leak explosion killed seven 10 October 2023

The US Department of Labor has cited a US chocolate maker after an investigation found the company had failed to evacuate employees after some reported smelling gas before a March 2023 explosion. The explosion at the R.M. Palmer chocolate factory in the town of West Reading, around 60 miles (97km) northwest of Philadelphia, killed seven workers....

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Woodworking company fined for dust exposure 09 October 2023

A UK woodworking company has been fined £25,000 for failing to control its employees’ exposure to wood dust. A November 2019 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection of The Joinery Yard Limited in Norwich, Norfolk identified failings in the company’s control measures to prevent exposure of their employees to wood dust....

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Taiwan golf ball factory fire kills nine, leaves one missing and over 100 injured 26 September 2023

A fire and explosions at a golf ball manufacturer in Taiwan killed nine people and injured over 100 others on 22 September. The incident happened at a facility operated by Launch Technologies, a major international supplier of golf balls. One person remains missing....

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UK agrees £500m deal with Tata Steel to secure Port Talbot plant’s future 18 September 2023

The UK Government and Tata Steel agreed on a proposed joint investment package on 15 September which will help secure the future of Tata’s Port Talbot plant, subject to consultation and regulatory approvals. Tata Steel is expected to invest £1.25 billion, including a UK Government grant worth up to £500 million in a new Electric Arc Furnace for greener steel production at Port Talbot, which is currently the UK’s largest single carbon emitter....

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Three people killed in explosion at civilian explosives factory 18 September 2023

An explosion at an explosives facility in central Italy killed three people on 13 September. The incident happened at a factory owned by Esplodenti Sabino, a specialist in the recovery of materials from military ammunition and disposal of products containing explosives....

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Gas-related accident kills 10, injures three in China 15 September 2023

A burst of high-pressure gas killed 10 workers and injured three others at a workshop in China’s northern Inner Mongolia region on 7 September. The incident happened at a site in the city of Ordos operated by Ordos Yiding Eco-Agriculture Development, a wholesaler of coal and manufactured products, Chinese state media said....

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UK manufacturer fined £200,000 after workers injured by explosion 11 September 2023

A manufacturing company in West Yorkshire, England has been fined £200,000 after workers were injured by an explosion. Three workers at Weir Minerals Europe Limited sustained burns while operating a furnace at the firm’s site on Halifax Road in Todmorden on 25 February 2020....

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