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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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Melted butter clogs drains and historical canal after dairy plant fire 06 January 2023

A fire at a dairy plant in Wisconsin, US resulted in melted butter clogging up nearby storm drains and historic canal on January 2. The fire at the Associated Milk Producers facility originated in a storage room and left firefighters battling flames, heavy smoke, and melted butter....

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Explosion at soybean crushing facility injures several workers in US 13 December 2022

An explosion at a facility in the town of Marengo, Iowa injured multiple workers on December 8. The blast happened at a plant owned by soybean crushing company Heartland Crush and resulted in a fire breaking out....

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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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