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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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Medical marijuana company fined $142,000 for October 2020 explosion 15 April 2021

A producer of medical marijuana has been fined $142,000 (£102,000) in relation to an explosion that injured two people at a facility in Santa Fe, US in October 2020. The New Mexico Environment Department fined New MexiCann Natural Medicine on April 14 for six worker safety violations, including failing to implement controls for flammable vapours and ignition sources, and unsafe handling of hazardous chemicals....

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UK HSE fines company after workers fall ill following exposure to chemical spill 12 March 2021

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has fined the fabrication division of Nasmyth Technologies Limited after four employees were exposed to hazardous substances that caused significant ill health and time off work in 2017....

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Dust explosion kills three, critically injures five others in Singapore 26 February 2021

A combustible dust explosion killed three people and critically injured five others in Tuas, Singapore on February 24. In all, 10 people were initially injured by the explosion, however three people died from their injuries on February 25. Five people remain in hospital in critical conditions while two others have been released....

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No fatalities in US from grain dust explosions in 2020, new report says 16 February 2021

According to new research from researchers in Purdue University’s Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, there were zero fatalities during 2020 in the United States as a result of grain dust explosions....

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Firecracker factory blast kills 19, injures more than 30 in India 15 February 2021

A series of explosions at a firecracker factory in southern India killed 19 people and injured over 30 on February 12. The first of the explosions happened during the afternoon at a small factory around 325 miles (520km) south of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu....

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Explosion kills one, injures seven at automotive factory in China 19 January 2021

A blast in a factory workshop killed one person and injured seven others on January 14 near Tianjin in north China. The cause of the explosion, which happened at a workshop belonging to Tianjin Jc Auto Parts, remains unknown and is under investigation....

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Explosion kills one, injures one at explosives manufacturer in Poland 15 January 2021

An explosion at an explosives manufacturing facility in southern Poland killed one person and injured another on January 14. The blast happened in the town of Bierun at a factory belonging to Nitroerg, a manufacturer of explosives and initiation systems....

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New report addresses risks posed to emergency responders from Lithium-ion battery fires 14 January 2021

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued four safety recommendations based on findings contained in Safety Report 20/01 which documents the agency’s investigation of four electric vehicle fires involving high-voltage, lithium-ion battery fires....

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Explosion kills one, injures 20 at battery recycling plant in China 11 January 2021

A blast at a battery recycling plant in the city of Ningxiang, China killed one person and injured 20 others on January 7. The explosion happened at a factory belonging to a unit of battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL)....

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