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  • US OSHA proposes $215,000 fine for grain facility following dust explosion

    05 July 2021

    The US Department of Labor has cited a grain facility for workplace safety failures following a dust explosion that severely injured a worker in December 2020. In a statement, the safety regulator said that had MFA Enterprises – operating as West Central Agri Services – addressed potential dust ignition sources, an explosion that seriously injured the employee and caused the destruction of a main elevator might not have happened....

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  • Bosley Mill owner cleared of manslaughter, mill managers cleared of health and safety breaches following fatal 2015 explosion

    30 April 2021

    Manslaughter charges against the owner of a wood mill in Cheshire, UK where four people died in a 2015 explosion were dropped on April 29. A day later, on April 30, two mill managers were cleared of health and safety offences as well, bringing an end to a 12-week trial....

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  • US lumber producer fined $108,000 in relation to fatal September 2020 explosion

    26 April 2021

    The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has fined lumber producer Sierra Pacific Industries $108,000 (£77,800) in relation to a pressure vessel explosion in September 2020. A maintenance worker was killed and another employee was injured by the blast at Sierra Pacific's lumber mill in Lincoln, California while the two men worked on an air compressor....

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  • Grain silo explosion injures one in Canada

    06 April 2021

    A worker suffered sever burn injuries on April 2 after a fire and explosion in a grain silo at the Port of Vancouver, Canada. The incident is reported to have been a dust explosion and happened while two workers were cleaning the silo....

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  • Meat processing company fined £176,000 for ammonia leak

    26 February 2021

    A meat processing company in New Zealand has been fined $337,500 (£176,000) after an ammonia leak in February. The leak at the Silver Fern Farms plant in Hawera on the southwest coast of New Zealand’s North Island contaminated a local stream, killing scores of fish and eels....

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Dust explosion kills three, critically injures five others in Singapore 26 February 2021

A combustible dust explosion killed three people and critically injured five others in Tuas, Singapore on February 24. In all, 10 people were initially injured by the explosion, however three people died from their injuries on February 25. Five people remain in hospital in critical conditions while two others have been released....

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Explosion at UK water treatment works kills four, injures one 04 December 2020

Four people were killed by an explosion at a water treatment plant near Bristol, south west England on December 3. One person was also injured during the incident at the Wessex Water site. Police confirmed that Luke Wheaton, 16, Michael James, 64, Brian Vickery, 63, and Raymond White, 57, died at the scene of the explosion....

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“Fire-related event” injures three and forces operations to stop at Canadian pellet plant 30 November 2020

A fire injured three employees of wood pellet manufacturer Pinnacle Pellet on November 25 at the company’s facility in Houston, British Columbia. Operations were shut down following the incident while the three workers were taken to hospital....

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Five people injured in fertiliser factory blast in New Zealand 12 October 2020

Five workers were hospitalised after an explosion at a fertiliser factory in New Zealand on October 6. The blast happened in Dunedin on New Zealand’s south eastern coast at a factory belonging to Ravensdown....

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Real-time imaging can help prevent deadly dust explosions 06 August 2020

Researchers at Purdue University have developed an image- and video-based application using OpenCV algorithms that detect explosible suspended dust concentration. The app uses a camera or a video recording device to image and determine suspended dust and to accurately distinguish it from normal background noise....

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