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  • Carlsberg fined £3m following fatal 2016 ammonia gas leak

    28 June 2022

    Danish multinational brewer Carlsberg has been fined £3 million after a contractor died and another was seriously injured following an ammonia gas leak at one of its UK breweries in 2016. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced the fine on June 28 after a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court....

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  • US milling company charged with fraud and conspiracy to conceal safety violations relating to 2017 explosion that killed five

    16 May 2022

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a corn milling company, a company Vice President, two environmental coordinators and three additional supervisors with crimes related to worker safety, fraud, air pollution and obstruction of justice, the US Department of Justice announced on May 11. The charges relate to a grain dust explosion in May 2017 which killed five workers and injured 14 others at Didion Milling in Cambria, Wisconsin....

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  • Grain silo explosion injures two, causes $2 million worth of damage in US

    13 May 2022

    An explosion in a grain silo at an ethanol plant in Illinois, US injured two workers on May 11. According to the local fire department, the incident caused an estimated $2 million (£1.6m) worth of damage to the facility which belongs to BioUrja Group....

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  • Dust Safety Science releases its 2021 Mid-Year Incident Report

    02 November 2021

    Dust Safety Science has published its 2021 Mid-Year Incident Report with coverage of combustible dust incidents from around the world including statistics, comparisons, and source data. Since 2016, the organisation has published semi-annual reports analysing the materials, industries, and equipment involved in combustible dust fires and explosions around the world....

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  • Explosion and fire kills two people, seriously injures two others at US cannabis extraction facility

    25 October 2021

    An explosion and significant fire at a cannabis extraction facility in Los Angeles, US killed two people and seriously injured two others on October 18. Though the business was a legal enterprise, the operation inside appeared to be illegal, as it did not adhere to established permitting processes and safety requirements, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) said in a statement....

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Chemical leak at UK poultry plant hospitalises five 07 September 2021

A chemical leak at a food processing plant in Anglesey, north Wales resulted in five people being hospitalised on September 6. The incident occurred at the 2 Sisters poultry plant in Llangefni at around 09:15 local time....

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UK food manufacturer fined after workers exposed to sulphur dioxide 06 September 2021

A UK-based food manufacturing company has been fined £300,000 after employees were exposed to sulphur dioxide (SO2) gas released as a result of poor planning and unsafe systems of work during the commissioning and operation of a new potato processing line....

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Nitrogen explosion injures 10 at US food processing plant 03 August 2021

An explosion injured 10 people in Kentucky, US on July 21. The incident happened whilst liquid nitrogen was being unloaded from a truck at a facility owned by US ice cream snack manufacturer Dippin’ Dots....

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US OSHA issues $1 million in fines, says six deaths were preventable in 2021 poultry plant chemical leak 26 July 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a total of $1 million in fines to four companies following a fatal liquid nitrogen leak at a poultry plant in Georgia, US killed six people in January 2021. The incident, which also injured 12 people, occurred at the Foundation Food Group plant where a freezer malfunctioned and caused colourless, odourless liquid nitrogen to displace oxygen....

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US milling company fined $676K for fatal 2020 corn silo incident 08 June 2021

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on June 7 that it had fined Didion Milling a total of $676,000 after a worker died from engulfment in an unsafe grain bin. Didion received 14 citations for grain-handling safety violations. The incident comes four years after the company was fined $1.8 million for not complying with federal safety standards that may have prevented an explosion that killed five and injured a dozen....

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