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Fire on PEMEX offshore platform kills five and injures six, two people still missing 25 August 2021

A fire on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico killed five people and injured six others on August 22. PEMEX, which operates the platform, said that the blaze occurred on the E-Ku-A2 platform in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field. The oil company said on August 23 that two people remain missing....

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US refinery reaches $1 million settlement, admits no wrongdoing in 2018 explosion that injured 36 10 August 2021

The Superior Refining Company has reached a settlement of around $1 million in relation to the 2018 explosion at its oil refinery in Superior, northwestern Wisconsin which injured 36 people and caused a mass evacuation of 21,000 people. The settlement reached on June 24 could mean those who were evacuated are eligible to receive $150 in compensation each....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases video highlighting agency's objectives, initiatives, and priorities 06 August 2021

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a new video in which the safety agency's Chairperson, Dr. Katherine Lemos, shares the organisations priorities, initiatives, and objectives....

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Nitrogen explosion injures 10 at US food processing plant 03 August 2021

An explosion injured 10 people in Kentucky, US on July 21. The incident happened whilst liquid nitrogen was being unloaded from a truck at a facility owned by US ice cream snack manufacturer Dippin’ Dots....

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US CSB releases safety video on fatal 2019 hydrogen sulphide release 03 August 2021

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a safety video into the October 26, 2019, hydrogen sulfide release at the Aghorn Operating waterflood station in Odessa, Texas. The release fatally injured an Aghorn employee who was working at the facility that evening, as well as his spouse who attempted to locate him at the facility after he did not return home....

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US chemical plant leak kills two, injures 30 30 July 2021

A chemical leak at a plant in La Porte, Texas left two people dead and another 30 injured on July 27. Around 45,000kg of acetic acid was released during the incident, which happened at a plant belonging to plastics and chemicals company LyondellBasell....

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US OSHA issues $1 million in fines, says six deaths were preventable in 2021 poultry plant chemical leak 26 July 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a total of $1 million in fines to four companies following a fatal liquid nitrogen leak at a poultry plant in Georgia, US killed six people in January 2021. The incident, which also injured 12 people, occurred at the Foundation Food Group plant where a freezer malfunctioned and caused colourless, odourless liquid nitrogen to displace oxygen....

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US pipeline operator to pay an additional $1 million for 2018 blast, previously fined $30 million 20 July 2021

A unit of US pipeline operator Energy Transfer has agreed to pay a $1 million fine to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to settle safety violations in relation to the September 2018 pipeline explosion on the Revolution natural gas pipeline in Western Pennsylvania....

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'Eye of fire' in Gulf of Mexico caused by electrical storm, PEMEX says 06 July 2021

Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) has said that the cause of the ‘eye of fire’ that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico on July 2, was the combination of an electrical storm and gas pipeline leak. The oil company said there was no oil spill and immediate action to control the fire on the surface helped avoid any environmental damage....

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US OSHA proposes $215,000 fine for grain facility following dust explosion 05 July 2021

The US Department of Labor has cited a grain facility for workplace safety failures following a dust explosion that severely injured a worker in December 2020. In a statement, the safety regulator said that had MFA Enterprises – operating as West Central Agri Services – addressed potential dust ignition sources, an explosion that seriously injured the employee and caused the destruction of a main elevator might not have happened....

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