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US Chemical Safety Board releases updates on four ongoing investigations 07 October 2022

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released updates on four of the Agency’s current chemical incident investigations. While the four investigations are ongoing, the updates provide important factual information to the public about the CSB’s work on them....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases final report on 2016 Sunoco Oil Terminal explosion 03 October 2022

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released its final report on the 2016 flash fire and explosion at the Sunoco Nederland, Texas crude oil terminal, which resulted in burn injuries to seven workers....

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Containerboard manufacturer to pay $2.5 million for violating Clean Air Act after fatal 2017 explosion 03 October 2022

On September 28, the US Department of Justice announced that Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) had agreed to pay $2.5 million (£2.2m) in civil penalties to resolve allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act’s General Duty Clause and Risk Management Program Regulations at its containerboard production mill in DeRidder, Louisiana....

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Cabinet manufacturer cited after technician suffers fatal electrocution 30 September 2022

An investigation into a maintenance technician's fatal electrocution found a US cabinet manufacturer might have prevented the incident by following required safety standards. US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigators determined the 33-year-old employee of Wellborn Cabinet Inc. came into contact with a 277-volt circuit while replacing a light fixture in a paint booth on 16 March 2022....

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IAEA projections for nuclear power growth increase for second year amid climate, energy security concerns 30 September 2022

For a second successive year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revised up its annual projections of the potential growth of nuclear power during the coming decades, reflecting a shift in the global debate over energy and the environment amid growing concerns over energy security and climate change....

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Fire and explosion at BP refinery kills two workers 27 September 2022

A fire and explosion at a BP refinery in the US killed two workers on September 20. The incident, which happened at the Toledo Refinery in Oregon, Ohio, also resulted in a release of sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide, as well as significant property damage....

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Refinery fire kills three workers in Argentina 27 September 2022

A fire at a refinery in western Argentina killed three people and injured three others on September 22. The incident occurred after a blaze broke out in a storage tank at the New American Oil (NAO) refinery in the province of Neuquén....

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Manufacturing defect, ineffective cathodic protection led to fatal 2019 pipeline explosion 15 September 2022

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced on September 14 that the rupturing of a 30-inch natural gas pipeline owned by Enbridge Inc. and a subsequent fire caused the 2019 death of one person and the destruction of five homes near Danville, Kentucky....

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Oil rig explosion injures three workers 13 September 2022

An explosion on an oil rig in northwest North Dakota injured three workers on September 7. The incident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), state regulators, and local officials....

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Manufacturer cited for multiple safety violations after workers battle 13 fires in two years 13 September 2022

A US manufacturer based in Clayton, Ohio was cited by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on September 6 for exposing workers to fires and failing to train them on initial stage fire identification and use of fire extinguishers. The citation comes after safety investigators received a referral from a local fire department that responded to 13 fires at the car parts manufacturer in a two-year period....

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