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  • Major US pipeline network shut down after cyber attack

    10 May 2021

    A cyber attack on US pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline led to the shut down of its entire network on May 7. The Colonial Pipeline network transports around 2.5 million barrels of gasoline per day – around 45% of the US East Coast’s gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel....

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  • INEOS fined £400,000 for 2017 Grangemouth gas leak

    07 May 2021

    Petrochemical giant INEOS has been fined £400,000 after a gas leak from a cracked pipe created a potentially explosive gas cloud over its Grangemouth plant in May 2017. INEOS admitted in court that its safety inspections had failed to identify a 10 inch (25cm) long corroded section of pipe which allowed a leak of ethylene gas....

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  • Chemical Business Association announces new Chief Executive

    07 May 2021

    The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has announced a new Chief Executive, Tim Doggett. Tim took the reins of the Chemical Business Association on May 1 following the retirement of the previous CEO, Peter Newport....

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  • Dust Safety Science releases 2020 Combustible Dust Incident Report

    07 May 2021

    Dust Safety Science has released its annual Combustible Dust Incident Report which captures and details combustible dust incidents from around the globe. The report shows that in total, 165 fires and 60 explosions caused 88 injuries and 10 fatalities during 2020....

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  • Wacker plant in US fined $3,200 (£2,300) for 2020 explosion that killed one, injured four

    04 May 2021

    A Wacker Polysilicon plant in Tennessee, US has been cited for a “serious violation” and fined $3,200 (£2,300) in relation to a November 2020 incident which killed one worker and injured four others. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) proposed the fine after its report found improper personal protective equipment (PPE) was used during maintenance activity....

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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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Chemical factory blast injures two in Iran 04 May 2021

A chemical factory explosion and fire injured at least two firefighters in Iran on May 2. The incident happened at the Movaledan chemical plant near to the central city of Qom....

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The digital edition of Hazardex May is now available! 04 May 2021

The May issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes PPTex supplement #12, as well as features on Sensors, Occupational Safety, and Training. Read it now!...

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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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Engen to convert “financially unsustainable” Durban refinery into import terminal 27 April 2021

Engen has announced that it will be converting its 120,000 barrel-per-day Durban refinery into an import terminal. Engen began to consider the refinery’s future in October before a December explosion closed the plant. Repairs have been estimated to cost as much as 800 million Rand (£39.1m), however Engen has said global product supply surplus and depressed demand were the primary reasons behind the company’s decision....

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