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  • Resin manufacturer fined after exposing employees to respiratory hazards, risk of explosion

    22 May 2023

    Inspectors from the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have proposed $171,000 (£137,000) of penalties for Sumitomo Bakelite North America Inc. after it failed to follow required safety measures to protect workers from the dangers of chemical exposure and potential explosion. This is the second time the company has been found at fault after OSHA identified similar violations in a 2019 inspection....

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  • Two companies cited after workers show elevated levels of inorganic arsenic at chemical facility

    19 May 2023

    A US Department of Labor investigation has found that two companies operating at a wood treatment chemical manufacturing facility in Georgia, US exposed workers to chemical hazards....

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  • Adhesive factory explosion injures six in South Korea

    18 May 2023

    An explosion and fire at an adhesive factory in Cheonan, South Korea injured six people on 18 May. Officials said that three of the injured are in a serious condition while two are in critical conditions after receiving burns all over their bodies....

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  • Ammunition factory explosion injures one in Sweden

    16 May 2023

    One person was injured after an explosion at an ammunition factory in southern Sweden on 10 May. The incident happened at a plant operated by aerospace and defence manufacturer Nammo in the town of Karlsborg, 137 miles (220km) southwest of Stockholm....

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  • UK joinery firm fined £20,000 for failing to control wood dust

    02 May 2023

    A joinery firm in southeast London has been fined £20,000 for failing to control its employees’ exposure to wood dust. F&E Joinery Limited, based in Herne Hill, was inspected in May 2022 as part of a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) campaign targeting woodworking businesses....

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Singapore fines 11 companies for not adhering to safe work procedures 18 April 2023

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower has fined 11 companies a total of $27,000 (£16,294) for inadequate safe work procedures relating to improper storage and management of flammable substances. The fines followed a series of enforcement operations conducted in March after a series of recent industrial fires occurred in Singapore....

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US paper mill wilfully bypassed safety regulations leading to fatal electrocution 18 April 2023

Workplace safety inspectors in the US examining how a 36-year-old worker died at an Alabama paper mill found his employer wilfully violated safety standards, including disregarding hazardous energy control procedures that protect employees performing maintenance on machinery....

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£500,000 fine for firework firm after fatal 2018 blast 03 April 2023

A UK pyrotechnics manufacturer has been fined £500,000 after an employee was killed in an explosion at a firework factory in 2018. Le Maitre Ltd, based in Peterborough, was fined following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation....

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Fireworks factory blast kills one, seriously injures two in Slovenia 21 February 2023

An explosion at a fireworks manufacturer in central Slovenia killed one person and seriously injured two others on February 17. The incident happened in the town of Vrhinika, around 12 miles (20km) south of Ljubljana....

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US Department of Labor revises OSHA's Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program 30 January 2023

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a revised Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) on January 27. Its purpose is to continue OSHA inspections of facilities that generate or handle combustible dusts likely to cause fire, flash fire, deflagration and explosion hazards....

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