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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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Managing Director of UK construction company receives suspended sentence after employee burned in 2018 explosion 02 December 2020

The UK’s Health & Safety Executive announced on November 16 that a Managing Director of a construction company has received a suspended sentence after an employee suffered severe burns on a construction site in Swynecombe, Oxfordshire in 2018....

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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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Explosion at South Korean steel plant kills three 26 November 2020

An explosion at a factory belonging to South Korean steel manufacturer POSCO killed three people on November 24. The blast happened at around 16:00 local time at a steel mill in Gwangyang, southwest of Seoul....

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Cosmetics factory fire kills three, injures six 23 November 2020

A fire at a cosmetics factory in South Korea killed three people and injured six others on November 19. The incident happened at a factory belonging to Silverex located in Guzhan-dong, Incheon....

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Factory explosion kills two, injures two in Israel 17 November 2020

A suspected gas explosion killed two workers and injured two others at a metalwork factory in Ashdod, Israel on November 16. According to local media, a preliminary investigation determined that workers had been welding a gas tank when the blast occurred....

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UK logistics company fined in relation to 2019 explosion that injured one 17 November 2020

UK logistics haulier A&D Logistics Limited has been fined £48,000 by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker suffered flash burn injuries from an explosion that occurred after they opened a container door in January 2019....

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Cannabis plant explosion seriously injures two in US 20 October 2020

An explosion at a cannabis factory in New Mexico, US seriously injured two workers on October 15. The blast happened at a manufacturing facility belonging to New MexiCann Natural Medicine in the city of Santa Fe and was the second incident in the last five years to injure workers at the plant....

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Munitions depot explosion forces evacuation of 2,000 people in Russia 09 October 2020

Around 2,000 people were forced to evacuate from several villages in Russia’s Ryazan region after a grass fire reached a military facility and caused an explosion. The blast and resulting fire at the munitions depot south west of Moscow happened on October 7 and injured five people....

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