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  • Man “badly injured” in brewery explosion

    21 May 2024

    An explosion at a brewery in Cumbria, England left one person with severe injuries on 13 May. The incident happened at the Tractor Shed Brewery in the town of Workington where nearby roads were closed and locals were told to avoid the area following the blast....

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  • Explosion and ammonia leak injures 160 people in Thailand

    23 April 2024

    An explosion that resulted in an ammonia leak left 160 people with injuries on 18 April in Chon Buri province, eastern Thailand. The incident at an ice manufacturing factory caused a cloud of ammonia to spread beyond the site, affecting people within a one-kilometre radius....

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  • No increase in US dust explosions in 2023, 10-year average remains unchanged

    05 March 2024

    The annual summary recording nationwide grain dust explosions reported nine incidents in the United States in 2023, resulting in 12 injuries but no fatalities. Last year’s nine incidents marked no increase from the nine reported incidents in 2022. The 10-year average of 8.4 explosions remains relatively unchanged....

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  • Final report released into liquid nitrogen release that killed six

    08 January 2024

    The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released its final investigation report into a liquid nitrogen release at the Foundation Food Group (FFG) facility in Gainesville, Georgia on 28 January 2021 that fatally injured six workers. The CSB’s final report identifies a number of equipment and process failures at the facility and issues a dozen recommendations to various entities, including the current owner of the facility, OSHA, and two standard-setting organizations....

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  • Final investigation report released into fatal dust explosion that killed five

    12 December 2023

    The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released its final report into the deadly explosions and fires at the Didion Milling dry corn milling facility in Cambria, Wisconsin. The explosion occurred in May 2017, fatally injuring five employees and seriously injuring another 14. The incident also ultimately destroyed the facility, resulting in over $15 million in property damage....

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Milling company agrees $11.25 million payout in relation to dust explosion that killed five 29 September 2023

US milling company Didion Milling has reached a plea deal in relation to federal charges stemming from a grain dust explosion that killed five employees in May 2017 at the company’s plant in Cambria, Wisconsin. Didion will plead guilty to employees falsifying records in the years leading up to the incident and pay a $1 million (£815,000) fine, as well as a $10.25 million (£8.3m) payout to the estates of the five victims....

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Drinks manufacturing plant explosion injures four 26 June 2023

An explosion at a facility owned by Australian drinks manufacturer Bundaberg Brewed Drinks left four people with injuries on 26 June. The incident happened at the company’s new facility in the city of Bundaberg Central, Queensland....

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Seven dead following US chocolate factory explosion 27 March 2023

An explosion at a chocolate factory in Pennsylvania, US killed seven people on March 24. The incident happened at a plant owned by chocolate manufacturer R.M. Palmer in the town of West Reading, around 60 miles (97km) northwest of Philadelphia....

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US dust explosion incidents increased last year, no fatalities 23 February 2023

Purdue University in the US has published its annual summary recording nationwide grain dust bin explosions on February 21. The report shows there were nine incidents in 2022 compared to seven reported incidents in 2021 and a 10-year average of 7.8 explosions annually....

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US Department of Labor revises OSHA's Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program 30 January 2023

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a revised Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) on January 27. Its purpose is to continue OSHA inspections of facilities that generate or handle combustible dusts likely to cause fire, flash fire, deflagration and explosion hazards....

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