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Dust explosion damages silo at fish factory in Norway 07 November 2023

A dust explosion at a facility operated by salmon farmer Mowi damaged a silo storing fishmeal at the company’s plant in Bjugn, Norway on 1 November. A fire, which briefly broke out following the explosion, burnt itself out before firefighters arrived at the fish feed factory which is one of the world’s largest....

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Coal mine fire leaves 46 dead in Kazakhstan 07 November 2023

A fire in a ArcelorMittal coal mine in Kazakhstan killed 46 people on 28 October. The fire at the steel giant’s Kostenco mine in Kazakhstan's eastern Karaganda Region is reported to have started after a methane explosion occurred underground....

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Explosion at Bulgarian ammunition manufacturer kills one, injures two 06 November 2023

An explosion at Bulgaria’s largest armaments factory, Vazovski Mashinostroitelni Zavodi (VMZ) EAD, killed one worker and injured two others on 25 October. The incident at the facility in the town of Sopot, 40 miles (65km) north of Plovdiv, occurred during the handling of explosives in a workshop at the site, officials said....

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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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Underground petroleum storage tank violations result in fines for several businesses 03 November 2023

In four separate enforcement agreements, the US Environmental Protection Agency has taken action against several corporate entities operating in New Jersey, New York and the US Virgin Islands to address alleged violations of federal laws regarding the maintenance and operation of underground petroleum storage tank systems. In separate settlements, the companies have agreed to comply and pay penalties....

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Inspections at mines in seven US states identify more than 120 health & safety violations 03 November 2023

The US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the results of its latest series of impact inspections at mines across the US. The agency completed inspections at nine mines in seven states in September 2023, issuing 123 violations....

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The November 2023 issue of Hazardex is now available! 01 November 2023

The November 2023 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Downstream, Instrumentation, and Process Safety. The issue also includes PPTEx Supplement #20 with features on Gas Leak Detection and Maintenance. Read the issue now!...

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27 licences offered in first batch of UK’s 33rd Oil and Gas Licensing Round 31 October 2023

North Sea production received a boost on 30 October with the offer of 27 new licences in areas prioritised because they have the potential to go into production more quickly than others. In addition to the 27 licences, six more blocks, which were also ready to be offered, have been merged into five existing licences, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) said....

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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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New safety culture report commissioned by UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation released 30 October 2023

A new model and measure of safety culture, commissioned by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), has been made available for nuclear dutyholders in Great Britain to assess their organisational safety cultures and learn from others across the industry....

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