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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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Impact inspections at 13 mines in February 2024 identify 58 significant, substantial violations 26 March 2024

The US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced it completed impact inspections at 13 mines in nine states in February 2024, identifying 207 violations. The agency began conducting impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 miners....

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US Department of Labor alleges pesticide manufacturer illegally terminated employee who filed safety complaint 26 March 2024

The US Department of Labor has filed a federal court complaint against a pesticide and agricultural chemical manufacturer in Georgia after the company allegedly terminated a worker's employment in retaliation for filing a safety and health complaint with the department....

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Biodiesel waste facility explosion injures one in US 22 March 2024

An explosion at a biodiesel waste facility in Ohio, US injured one person on 20 March. The incident happened at a facility operated by Glycerin Traders which specialises in the trading of various grades of glycerin, vegetable & animal fat, mixed alcohol, multiple types of feed ingredients, and most other recyclable, organic ingredients....

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