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Chemical plant explosion kills one, injures two in Japan 20 June 2023

An explosion at a chemical plant in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture killed a contractor and injured two others on 14 June. The incident happened at a site operated by chemical manufacturer Denka in the city of Itoigawa....

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Final report released into fatal 2020 chemical release that left one dead, four injured 19 June 2023

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final report into the November 2020 hydrogen chloride (HCl) release that occurred during maintenance activities at the Wacker Polysilicon North American facility in Charleston, Tennessee. A worker died in the incident and four others suffered injuries....

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Safety video on Husky Superior Refinery explosion released by US Chemical Safety Board 12 June 2023

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released a new safety video on its investigation into the April 2018 explosion and fire at the Husky Superior Refinery in Superior, Wisconsin. The incident injured 36 workers, caused roughly $550 million (£437m) in damage to the facility and released 17 tonnes of flammable hydrocarbon vapour into the air....

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Final report into 2021 fatal acid release published 30 May 2023

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final report into the 27 July 2021 fatal acetic acid release at the LyondellBasell La Porte Complex in La Porte, Texas. The CSB’s report found that the inadvertent removal of pressure retaining components of a valve caused the release of 74 tonnes of an acetic acid mixture, killing two contract workers....

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Two companies cited after workers show elevated levels of inorganic arsenic at chemical facility 19 May 2023

A US Department of Labor investigation has found that two companies operating at a wood treatment chemical manufacturing facility in Georgia, US exposed workers to chemical hazards....

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Fire breaks out at Shell chemical plant, burns for three days 09 May 2023

A fire broke out in the olefins unit of Shell’s Deer Park Chemicals Facility in Texas, US on 5 May. The blaze was extinguished on 6 May but later reignited and burned for a third day before firefighters were able to extinguish it again on 7 May. No injuries were reported, however Shell said some contractors underwent a medical evaluation as a precaution....

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Pharmaceutical plant explosion kills worker, injures four others 09 May 2023

One worker was killed and four were injured after an explosion partially destroyed a pharmaceutical plant in Massachusetts, US on 4 May. The incident happened at a facility operated by chemical manufacturer Seqens in the city of Newburyport, 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Boston....

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Chemical plant explosion in China kills five, injures one 02 May 2023

An explosion at a chemical plant in China killed five people on 1 May in eastern China. The incident happened in a hydrogen peroxide production area of a chemical plant in the city of Liaocheng....

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Final report into 2020 toxic gas release and chemical fire released 25 April 2023

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released its final investigation report into a chemical fire and toxic gas release at the Bio-Lab facility in Westlake, Louisiana, in August 2020 following extreme weather during Hurricane Laura....

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Supply chain constraints remain a concern for chemical sector but outlook improving 13 March 2023

The latest quarterly survey of Chemical Business Association (CBA) member companies has revealed insight into the sector, with order books, current sales, and margins showing some improvement. Despite supply chain constraints remaining a concern, the business outlook for the next three months is beginning to look a little more positive, the CBA has said....

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