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Russian chemical plant fire kills seven 03 August 2021

A fire at a chemical plant in southern Russia killed seven people on July 29. The seven people were initially taken to hospital but later died of their injuries. The incident happened at the Kamenski chemical factory in the Rostov region of Russia....

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US chemical plant leak kills two, injures 30 30 July 2021

A chemical leak at a plant in La Porte, Texas left two people dead and another 30 injured on July 27. Around 45,000kg of acetic acid was released during the incident, which happened at a plant belonging to plastics and chemicals company LyondellBasell....

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Chemical park explosion kills two person in Germany, five people still missing and 31 injured 27 July 2021

An explosion at an industrial park in Leverkusen, Germany killed two people and injured 31 others on July 27. The incident happened at Chempark, an industrial park for several chemical companies including Bayer and Lanxess. Five people remain missing with the park's operator saying the hope of finding them alive is dwindling....

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Chemical plant explosion causes significant fire, mass evacuations in US 22 June 2021

An explosion at a chemical plant in northern Illinois, US on June 14 caused a large fire and resulted in an evacuation order lasting for four days as firefighters fought the blaze. The incident happened at a plant belonging to Chemtool Inc., a lubricants and grease products manufacturer, in Rockton, northwest of Chicago....

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Chemical leak kills eight people, injures three in China 14 June 2021

A toxic chemical leak at a factory in the Guizhou province of China killed eight people and injured three others on June 12. The incident occurred as workers unloaded a shipment of methyl formate at the chemical handling plant, local news reported....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases report into fatal 2019 hydrogen sulphide release 21 May 2021

On May 21, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its final report into the fatal October 2019 hydrogen sulphide release at the Aghorn Operating waterflood station in Odessa, Texas. The release fatally injured an Aghorn employee who was working at the facility that evening, as well as his spouse who attempted to locate him at the facility after he did not return home....

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Chemical plant explosion injures four in Japan 17 May 2021

An explosion at a chemical plant in Fukushima prefecture, northeast Japan injured four people on May 11. The blast happened at Sakai Chemical Industry Co.'s Yumoto Factory in Iwaki which manufacturers chemicals used in paint, printer ink, and plastics....

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INEOS fined £400,000 for 2017 Grangemouth gas leak 07 May 2021

Petrochemical giant INEOS has been fined £400,000 after a gas leak from a cracked pipe created a potentially explosive gas cloud over its Grangemouth plant in May 2017. INEOS admitted in court that its safety inspections had failed to identify a 10 inch (25cm) long corroded section of pipe which allowed a leak of ethylene gas....

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Chemical Business Association announces new Chief Executive 07 May 2021

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has announced a new Chief Executive, Tim Doggett. Tim took the reins of the Chemical Business Association on May 1 following the retirement of the previous CEO, Peter Newport....

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Wacker plant in US fined $3,200 (£2,300) for 2020 explosion that killed one, injured four 04 May 2021

A Wacker Polysilicon plant in Tennessee, US has been cited for a “serious violation” and fined $3,200 (£2,300) in relation to a November 2020 incident which killed one worker and injured four others. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) proposed the fine after its report found improper personal protective equipment (PPE) was used during maintenance activity....

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