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  • Conveyor belt at one of Brazil’s busiest ports closed due to explosion risk

    16 April 2024

    The Port of Paranagua, one of the busiest sugar and grain export terminals in Brazil, has had one of its conveyor belts shut down after authorities said there was a risk of explosion. Although the conveyor was closed on 1 April, exports at the port have continued with five more conveyors continuing to operate....

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  • Biodiesel waste facility explosion injures one in US

    22 March 2024

    An explosion at a biodiesel waste facility in Ohio, US injured one person on 20 March. The incident happened at a facility operated by Glycerin Traders which specialises in the trading of various grades of glycerin, vegetable & animal fat, mixed alcohol, multiple types of feed ingredients, and most other recyclable, organic ingredients....

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  • Dust explosion damages silo at fish factory in Norway

    07 November 2023

    A dust explosion at a facility operated by salmon farmer Mowi damaged a silo storing fishmeal at the company’s plant in Bjugn, Norway on 1 November. A fire, which briefly broke out following the explosion, burnt itself out before firefighters arrived at the fish feed factory which is one of the world’s largest....

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  • Agricultural company failed to inspect, test critical safety systems in explosion that injured 3 workers

    23 October 2023

    A lack of preventative maintenance on the explosion suppression system of a bucket elevator was a major factor in an April 2023 explosion at a facility operated by agricultural origination and processing company Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM). The blast happened at ADM’s West Plant in Decatur, Illinois and resulted in the hospitalisation of three employees with burns and other injuries and extensive damage to the grain elevator, federal investigators have found....

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  • Investigations lead to convictions of company officials in deadly mill explosion case

    20 October 2023

    Two former employees of US milling company Didion Milling were convicted of workplace safety, environmental, fraud and obstruction of justice charges on 13 October. The charges against the company’s Vice President of Operations and former Food Safety Superintendent stem from a deadly explosion in 2017 which killed five employees at Didion’s mill in Cambria, Wisconsin....

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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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Eight injured in processing plant explosion just two weeks after fire at same facility 11 September 2023

An explosion at a US corn processing plant near the city of Decatur, Illinois left eight workers with injuries on 10 September. The incident happened at agricultural origination and processing company Archer-Daniels-Midland’s (ADM) East plant and comes just two weeks after a fire at the same facility injured two firefighters....

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Corn processing plant fire injures two 01 September 2023

A fire at a US corn processing plant near the city of Decatur, Illinois left two firefighters with injuries on 28 August. The incident happened at a facility operated by agricultural origination and processing company ADM....

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Fire destroys fertilizer plant, causes chemical spills 22 August 2023

A fire broke out at a fertilizer plant in the city of Bartlett, Texas in the US on 20 August. The blaze resulted in the “total loss” of the American Plant Food Corp. facility, officials said in a statement....

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Milling company to pay $940,000 to settle lawsuit relating to dust explosion that killed five 15 August 2023

Didion Milling Inc. has agreed to pay $940,000 (£740,000) to settle a lawsuit with the state of Wisconsin alleging multiple safety violations at the company’s corn mill where a grain dust explosion killed five employees in May 2017....

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