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  • Chemical manufacturer fined $300,000 for combustible dust, chemical process violations after fatal explosion

    28 November 2023

    A pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturer in Massachusetts, US and its parent company could have prevented an employee's fatal injuries from an explosion on 4 May 2023 but lacked the required safeguards in a chemical manufacturing process, a US Department of Labor investigation found....

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  • US chemical plant explosion injures one

    14 November 2023

    An explosion at a chemical plant in the city of Shepherd in rural Texas injured one worker and sent a significant plume of black smoke across nearby residential areas on 8 November. A shelter in place order that lasted for several hours was issued to residents within a one-mile radius around the facility operated by chemical blending and recycling specialist Sound Resource Solutions....

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  • Four people injured after chemical plant blast in Philippines

    03 November 2023

    A chemical plant explosion injured four people in Quezon City, Philippines on 19 October. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the blast happened at a facility operated by ABAM Steel Fabrication in the Novaliches area of the city....

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  • Tank cleaning company fined £328,000 for failing to protect workers from toxic gas

    30 October 2023

    A tank cleaning company has been fined after two employees suffered injuries when exposed to hydrogen sulphide that was present during the cleaning process ­­of a tanker truck on 25 April 2023 in the city of Beaumont, Texas. The colourless, flammable, and highly toxic gas also caused harm to two municipal firefighters who attended the scene....

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  • One person dies following explosion at Melbourne chemical factory

    17 October 2023

    An explosion at a chemical factory in Melbourne, Australia killed one person and led to an evacuation of the local area on 12 October. The incident happened at a facility operated by chemical blending manufacturer ACB Group in the western Melbourne suburb of Derrimut....

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Explosion at Australian chemical warehouse felt by residents over 21 miles away 10 October 2023

A fire at a chemical warehouse south of Perth, Australia caused a significant explosion to occur on 9 October. The blast, which happened at a facility operated by chemical manufacturer Chemsol, was reportedly felt by residents living as far as 21 miles (35km) away from the site....

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Chemical explosion at world’s largest railyard causes evacuations 19 September 2023

Several towns in western Nebraska, US were evacuated on 14 September after an explosion involving chemicals in a shipping container at the world’s largest railyard produced toxic fumes. The incident at Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte led to the evacuation of a one-mile radius as well as the closure of nearby highways....

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US chemical plant explosion injures two workers 28 July 2023

An explosion at a chemical plant in Salt Lake City, Utah injured two workers on 25 July. The incident happened at around 05:30 local time at chemical manufacturer and distributor Thatcher Chemical....

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Food processor fined $650,000 for chemical accident prevention violations 28 July 2023

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Justice Department have reached a settlement with Taylor Farms New England, Inc. to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) at the company's food processing facility in North Kingstown, Rhode Island....

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CSB releases new safety video on 2019 chemical plant explosions and fires 20 July 2023

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released a new safety video on its investigation into the serious November 2019 incident at the TPC Group Chemical Plant in Port Neches, Texas. A series of explosions destroyed a portion of the TPC facility, damaged nearby homes and businesses, and prompted a mandatory evacuation of residents living within four miles of the plant....

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