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  • Transportation company fined £350,000 after workers exposed to safety, health hazards

    06 February 2024

    A transportation company is facing $437,860 (£348,212) in federal penalties after an investigation by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found workplace safety and health hazards at its site in Paulsboro, New Jersey....

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  • New international project launched to help protect critical infrastructure

    06 February 2024

    The Nuclear AMRC is leading a new international project to protect critical infrastructure such as power stations and water systems from cyber attack. Troci (Towards Resilient Operation of Critical Infrastructure) is supported by EPSRC, with funding from the international Chist-Era programme of IT-related research....

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  • Explosion, fire occur at thermal power plant in central Japan

    02 February 2024

    An explosion resulted in a fire breaking out at the Taketoyo thermal power station in Aichi prefecture, central Japan on 31 January. The 1,070 MW plant is operated by Japan’s largest utility JERA, a joint venture between TEPCO Fuel & Power and Chubu Electric Power....

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  • Lithium-ion battery explosion leads to fire on oil tanker

    14 November 2023

    The thermal runaway of a cell within a handheld radio’s lithium-ion battery led to a fire on an oil tanker last year while docked in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on 9 November. The fire resulted in $3 million (£2.4m) in damage to the vessel....

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  • Water treatment plant explosion injures one person

    07 November 2023

    An explosion at a water treatment plant in Texas, US injured one person on 2 November. The incident happened in the city of Graham in north-central Texas after a leak from a chemical storage tank....

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Tank cleaning company fined £328,000 for failing to protect workers from toxic gas 30 October 2023

A tank cleaning company has been fined after two employees suffered injuries when exposed to hydrogen sulphide that was present during the cleaning process ­­of a tanker truck on 25 April 2023 in the city of Beaumont, Texas. The colourless, flammable, and highly toxic gas also caused harm to two municipal firefighters who attended the scene....

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Gas pipeline blast kills four, injures five in Romania 25 September 2023

A gas explosion at a construction site in the eastern Romanian county of Vrancea killed four people and injured five others on 21 September. The incident happened at around 01:00 local time when a gas pipeline was ruptured and “mechanical sparks” caused an explosion, the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations said....

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Chemical explosion at world’s largest railyard causes evacuations 19 September 2023

Several towns in western Nebraska, US were evacuated on 14 September after an explosion involving chemicals in a shipping container at the world’s largest railyard produced toxic fumes. The incident at Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte led to the evacuation of a one-mile radius as well as the closure of nearby highways....

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Robotic 'dog' halves time power workers spend in confined spaces 24 August 2023

In a UK-first innovative trial, robotic dog ‘Spot’ who is about the size of a Labrador, is helping to keep workers safe across the underground power network in London, the East, and the South East of England....

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Fire chiefs warn of explosion risks at proposed energy storage site 21 July 2023

Concerns have been raised about explosion risks at a planned battery storage facility near Wakefield in Yorkshire, UK. In a report produced by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (WYFRA), fire chiefs highlighted the potential risks posed by the site, including a densely populated area being exposed to a vapour cloud....

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