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  • UK government to offer steel firms £600m to go green

    23 January 2023

    The UK government is set to provide British Steel and Tata Steel with £600 million in funding to help the two steelmakers switch from coal-fired blast furnaces and to help with their energy costs. The BBC reports that the funding is set to be announced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt this week in a move which will protect thousands of jobs....

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  • Three people killed in propane factory explosion

    17 January 2023

    Three workers at a propane distribution company were killed on January 12 after an explosion erupted at a factory in St-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Canada. The incident happened at a facility owned by Propane Lafortune a few miles north of Montreal....

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  • US Chemical Safety Board releases new safety video on fatal 2017 explosion

    13 December 2022

    The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a new safety video about the fatal explosion that occurred on 3 April 2017 at the Loy-Lange Box Company in St Louis, Missouri. The incident occurred when a severely corroded pressure vessel catastrophically failed, causing an explosion that launched the pressure vessel into a neighbouring building. One worker and three members of the public were fatally injured....

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  • Ventilation testing company fined for putting hundreds at risk

    08 November 2022

    A company that tests ventilation systems has been fined for putting hundreds of workers at risk of serious lung diseases. Airtec Filtration Ltd was used by businesses across the UK to test extract ventilation systems, which reduce exposures to airborne contaminants in a workplace....

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  • Two contractors suffer burns in dust collector fire

    21 October 2022

    A fire at a manufacturing plant in Ohio, US injured two contractors on October 18. The fire, which took place at a plant belonging to alloys manufacturer Howmet Aerospace in the city of Niles, occurred while two contractors were removing titanium dust from a unit at the facility....

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Weapons factory explosions kills three, injures three 17 October 2022

An explosion at a plant belonging to Bulgarian arms manufacturer Arsenal killed three people on October 4. The incident, which happened at a facility in the town of Kazanlak, also left three people injured after a blast occurred in a pyrotechnics storage area....

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UK faces safety ‘brain drain’, new report says 07 October 2022

New research into the state of safety in UK workplaces has found that despite Covid serving as a catalyst for health & safety improvements, offering ‘unprecedented’ opportunity for businesses to create a lasting health and safety legacy, businesses expressed concerns about a major industrial disaster amidst safety ‘brain drain’ as older, experienced workers leave the workplace....

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Containerboard manufacturer to pay $2.5 million for violating Clean Air Act after fatal 2017 explosion 03 October 2022

On September 28, the US Department of Justice announced that Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) had agreed to pay $2.5 million (£2.2m) in civil penalties to resolve allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act’s General Duty Clause and Risk Management Program Regulations at its containerboard production mill in DeRidder, Louisiana....

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Cabinet manufacturer cited after technician suffers fatal electrocution 30 September 2022

An investigation into a maintenance technician's fatal electrocution found a US cabinet manufacturer might have prevented the incident by following required safety standards. US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigators determined the 33-year-old employee of Wellborn Cabinet Inc. came into contact with a 277-volt circuit while replacing a light fixture in a paint booth on 16 March 2022....

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Tata Steel invests £400,000 into Port Talbot plant to reduce emissions 13 September 2022

Tata Steel has installed a new high-tech gas enrichment station to its Port Talbot plant in south Wales to help reduce reliance on natural gas, lower emissions, and save millions of pounds each year. The investment comes a month after The Financial Times reported that Tata has threatened to shut down operations if the UK government does not agree to £1.5 billion of subsidies to help it reduce carbon emissions....

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