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  • Final report into 2021 fatal acid release published

    30 May 2023

    The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final report into the 27 July 2021 fatal acetic acid release at the LyondellBasell La Porte Complex in La Porte, Texas. The CSB’s report found that the inadvertent removal of pressure retaining components of a valve caused the release of 74 tonnes of an acetic acid mixture, killing two contract workers....

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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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  • Fire breaks out at Shell chemical plant, burns for three days

    09 May 2023

    A fire broke out in the olefins unit of Shell’s Deer Park Chemicals Facility in Texas, US on 5 May. The blaze was extinguished on 6 May but later reignited and burned for a third day before firefighters were able to extinguish it again on 7 May. No injuries were reported, however Shell said some contractors underwent a medical evaluation as a precaution....

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  • Pharmaceutical plant explosion kills worker, injures four others

    09 May 2023

    One worker was killed and four were injured after an explosion partially destroyed a pharmaceutical plant in Massachusetts, US on 4 May. The incident happened at a facility operated by chemical manufacturer Seqens in the city of Newburyport, 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Boston....

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  • Chemical plant explosion in China kills five, injures one

    02 May 2023

    An explosion at a chemical plant in China killed five people on 1 May in eastern China. The incident happened in a hydrogen peroxide production area of a chemical plant in the city of Liaocheng....

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Final report into 2020 toxic gas release and chemical fire released 25 April 2023

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released its final investigation report into a chemical fire and toxic gas release at the Bio-Lab facility in Westlake, Louisiana, in August 2020 following extreme weather during Hurricane Laura....

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Supply chain constraints remain a concern for chemical sector but outlook improving 13 March 2023

The latest quarterly survey of Chemical Business Association (CBA) member companies has revealed insight into the sector, with order books, current sales, and margins showing some improvement. Despite supply chain constraints remaining a concern, the business outlook for the next three months is beginning to look a little more positive, the CBA has said....

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New safety alert issued on the potential hazards of emergency discharges from pressure release valves 07 March 2023

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has issued a new safety alert, ‘Hazards Posed by Discharges from Emergency Pressure-Relief Systems’, which highlights hazards identified with emergency pressure-relief systems from four CSB investigations....

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Safety agency examining rail car component in US train derailment investigation 06 March 2023

The US National Transportation Safety Board is looking closely at aluminium protective housing covers used on three of the vinyl chloride tank cars that derailed on February 3 in East Palestine, Ohio....

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Fire injures one person at US chemical plant, shelter-in-place ordered 19 January 2023

A fire at a chemical plant in northern Illinois, US on January 11 injured one person and resulted in nearby residents being told to shelter-in-place as fire crews worked to contain the blaze. The incident happened at the Carus Chemical facility in the city of LaSalle, around 100 miles south west of Chicago....

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