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  • Pharmaceutical factory explosion kills one, injures one in Taiwan

    05 January 2021

    An explosion at a pharmaceutical factory in Taoyuan City, Taiwan injured two workers on December 20. One of the injured people later died in hospital from third-degree burns to 90% of his body....

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  • China announces campaign to tackle oil refinery and chemical plant emissions

    19 May 2020

    China has announced a campaign to cut toxic emissions from July as part of its efforts to reduce ground ozone pollution. The campaign will focus on reducing emissions from several industries including oil, gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, and packaging....

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  • Explosion hits Russian research facility harbouring smallpox virus

    17 September 2019

    An explosion on September 16 caused a fire at the Vector Institute, a biological research facility in Siberia known for being one of the two sites in the world housing samples of live smallpox virus. ...

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  • 13 killed in Indian chemical factory explosion

    02 September 2019

    An explosion at a chemical factory in India has killed 13 people and injured up to 70 others. The explosion happened on August 31 near Dhule in Maharashtra state. Local media reported that a series of explosions occurred at the factory where around 100 employees were thought to have been working....

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  • Biotech plant explosion in China kills six

    28 June 2019

    Six people were killed in an explosion at a biotech plant in central China on June 26. The explosion took place at Xumei Biotech in Weishi, Henan Province, according to the Xinhua news agency. Five others were injured, one critically, the agency added....

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India chemical plant leak injures at least 21 23 April 2019

At least 21 workers were hospitalised, one with severe burn injuries, after a chemical leak from a tank inside a plant at Nira-Nimbut near Pune in Maharashtra, according to police sources reported by the Times of India. Police said chemicals overflowed from the tank and the plant authorities immediately shut the valve and contained the leak. ...

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10 killed in fire at pharmaceutical plant in China 16 April 2019

A fire tore through a pharmaceutical company in China's Shandong province, suffocating to death at least 10 persons and injuring 12 others, the fourth major industrial accident in the country since last month. The incident occurred on the afternoon of April 15 in the basement of Qilu Tianhe Pharmaceutical when welding sparks ignited a heat-transferring substance, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. ...

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Inquiry shows India chemical factory blast followed series of violations by operating company 14 March 2018

An inquiry by the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) into the chemical factory blast in Tarapur’s Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has pointed to a series of violations by Novaphene Specialties Pvt Ltd that led to an uncontrolled fire which killed four and injured 14 factory workers. ...

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India pharma plant fire injures seven 26 February 2018

A major fire at a pharmaceuticals manufacturing plant seriously injured seven staff members on February 23 in Jeedimetla, a suburb of Hyderabad in the Indian state of Telangana. Fire and rescue personnel led 20 other staff to safety and extinguished the flames in 90 minutes at the Seutic Pharmaceuticals plant. ...

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Senior US Senator calls for mandatory local authority notification of OSHA serious violation citations 08 January 2018

In the wake of the Verla International cosmetics factory explosion that killed one person and injured more than forty in the town of New Windsor, NY, on November 20, New York Senator Chuck Schumer has called for more coordination between federal and local government agencies when a company is cited for serious health and safety violations....

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