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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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Distillery blast injures eight in Greece 04 June 2021

Eight people suffered injuries after an explosion at a distillery near Larissa in central Greece on May 28. According to reports, none of the injured were in critical conditions although they were said to have suffered burns and were experiencing breathing difficulties....

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Seed cleaning facility explosion kills one, injures another 01 April 2021

One person was killed and another was injured following an explosion at a seed cleaning facility in Oregon, US on March 30. The incident happened near the town of Silverton, south of Portland....

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Distillery explosion injures three in US 01 March 2021

An explosion at a distillery in the US state of Colorado injured three people on February 27. The blast happened at Elkins Distilling Company in Estes Park, northern Colorado and injured three employees....

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No fatalities in US from grain dust explosions in 2020, new report says 16 February 2021

According to new research from researchers in Purdue University’s Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, there were zero fatalities during 2020 in the United States as a result of grain dust explosions....

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