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Chemical plant explosion injures three in US 20 May 2024

An explosion injured three people and caused a sodium hydroxide spill at a chemical facility in Macedonia, Ohio on 15 May. The incident happened while a tanker truck was being loaded with the sodium hydroxide. The blast ripped the tanker in two and caused a full evacuation of the facility....

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US Chemical Safety Board applauds new guidance to prevent hazardous materials fires and explosions 14 May 2024

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has applauded the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for taking new actions to prevent fires and explosions associated with hazardous materials....

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US mine regulator announces March 2024 impact inspection results 07 May 2024

The US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 14 mines in 11 states in March 2024, issuing 199 violations and one safeguard.­­ The agency began conducting impact inspections after a 2010 explosion killed 29 miners in West Virginia. The latest round of inspections identified 74 significant & substantial failures and four unwarrantable failure findings....

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Electric vehicle battery manufacturer cited for serious safety violations 16 April 2024

For the second time in less than a year, federal workplace safety inspectors have found a global electric vehicle battery manufacturer exposing employees to serious safety and health hazards at its Commerce plant, after workers suffered potentially permanent respiratory damage in an October 2023 lithium battery fire....

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Conveyor belt at one of Brazil’s busiest ports closed due to explosion risk 16 April 2024

The Port of Paranagua, one of the busiest sugar and grain export terminals in Brazil, has had one of its conveyor belts shut down after authorities said there was a risk of explosion. Although the conveyor was closed on 1 April, exports at the port have continued with five more conveyors continuing to operate....

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US Chemical Safety Board launches investigations Into two toxic chemical incidents 09 April 2024

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has launched investigations into toxic chemical releases at two facilities in Louisiana during 2023: the release of hydrogen fluoride (HF) and chlorine at the Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies facility in January 2023, and the release of ethylene oxide (EtO) at the Dow Chemical Louisiana Operations facility in July 2023....

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Fire on Pemex offshore platform kills one, injures 11 09 April 2024

At least one person was killed after a fire broke out on an offshore platform operated by Pemex on 6 April. Mexico’s national oil company said that the fire broke out at 16:48 local time on one of the platforms of the Akal-B Process Centre (Akal-B1), in the area where the pipelines that handle fuel gas for the turbomachinery are located....

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Fire at Phillips 66 refinery injures two 02 April 2024

Two employees were injured after a fire broke out at a Phillips 66 refinery in Texas, US on 1 April. The incident happened at the company’s Borger, Texas refinery after a blaze started at around 11:20 local time....

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Global refinery capacity totalling 3.6 million b/d at high-risk of closure, new report says 02 April 2024

As much as 3.6 million barrels a day (mmbd) of global refinery capacity has been assessed as being under high-risk of closure, according to energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie’s latest refinery closure threat analysis....

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Company facing £81,000 fine following confined space fatality 26 March 2024

A US employer's failure to follow federal safety procedures left a 30-year-old worker suffering fatal asphyxiation as they tried to make repairs inside a water tank at a wellsite in Oklahoma City in September 2023, a federal investigation has found....

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