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  • Fire and explosions kill 16 people at Russian gunpowder plant

    22 October 2021

    An explosion in a gunpowder workshop killed 16 people on October 22 in the Ryazan Region of Russia. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said that “violations in the technological process" had led to the fire breaking out....

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  • US paint manufacturer faces $709,000 fine after April 2021 explosion killed one, injured eight

    12 October 2021

    A US-based paint manufacturer is facing fines of up to $709,000 for safety violations following an explosion at a factory in Columbus, Ohio in April 2021. The incident, which the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said could have been prevented, killed a press operator and hospitalised eight other employees of Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation....

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  • Wood manufacturing plant explosion injures eight in Canada

    21 September 2021

    An explosion and fire at a lumber plant in Quebec, Canada injured eight people on September 20. Two people received treatment at the scene while six others suffered serious burn injuries and had to be transferred to a specialist trauma unit at a hospital in Quebec City....

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  • US steel mill blast injures eight, company previously cited for explosion risks

    08 June 2021

    An explosion at a steel mill in Colorado, US injured eight people on May 29. The incident, which occurred at the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel plant in Pueblo, is said to have been a furnace explosion. The steel mill has previously been cited by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for putting employees at risk of an explosion....

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  • Series of explosions cause large fire at Serbian munitions factory

    07 June 2021

    A series of explosions at a military munitions factory in Serbia caused a significant fire on June 4. No one was hurt in the incident, however the explosions forced the evacuation of the local area while 60 employees rushed to get away from the plant....

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Owner of tanker repair company pleads guilty to violating safety standards and making false statement to OSHA 21 May 2021

The owner of tanker testing and repair company KCCS Inc. in Idaho, US has pleaded guilty to making an illegal repair to a cargo tanker in violation of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) and lying to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The case stems from an incident in August 2018 where an explosion seriously injured an employee....

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Wood processing plant explosion injures eight in Lithuania 04 May 2021

An explosion at a wood processing facility in the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda injured eight people on May 3. A building collapsed during the incident and 28 people were evacuated from the Vakaru Medienos Grupe (VMG) facility....

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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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Oxygen packing plant explosion injures four in Brazil, oxygen tank explosion in Iraq kills 82 26 April 2021

An explosion at an oxygen packing plant in Brazil injured four people on April 24. Elsewhere, a fire caused by an oxygen cylinder blast killed 82 people and injured around 110 at a hospital in Baghdad, Iraq on April 25. The incidents come at a time when both countries are struggling to cope with the demand for oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients....

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Medical marijuana company fined $142,000 for October 2020 explosion 15 April 2021

A producer of medical marijuana has been fined $142,000 (£102,000) in relation to an explosion that injured two people at a facility in Santa Fe, US in October 2020. The New Mexico Environment Department fined New MexiCann Natural Medicine on April 14 for six worker safety violations, including failing to implement controls for flammable vapours and ignition sources, and unsafe handling of hazardous chemicals....

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