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  • US Chemical Safety Board urges chemical companies to prepare for harsh hurricane season

    04 July 2024

    With Hurricane Beryl becoming the Atlantic Ocean’s earliest Category 5 storm on record, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is once again urging the chemical industry to act expeditiously to prepare for a season of potentially more frequent and more powerful hurricanes and other extreme weather events....

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  • Failed wheel bearing caused train derailment and subsequent chemical spill

    28 June 2024

    The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed on 25 June that a rail car’s defective wheel bearing caused the derailment and subsequent hazardous material release in East Palestine, Ohio on 3 February 2023. Investigators said that the derailment occurred when a bearing on a hopper car failed and overheated, leading to the fiery derailment in the centre of the small town....

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  • Final investigation report into fatal BP-Husky Refinery explosion released

    27 June 2024

    The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has issued its final investigation report into the fatal naphtha release and fire at the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery in Oregon, Ohio on 20 September 2022, which resulted in the death of two BP employees, who were brothers....

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  • Investigation update released into toxic chemical release at Dow facility

    25 June 2024

    The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released an update on its investigation into a July 2023 explosion at the Dow Louisiana Operations’ Glycol II plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana, that resulted in the release of over 14 tonnes of ethylene oxide (EtO), a known carcinogen....

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  • Impact inspections find 247 violations at 15 mines with histories of repeated health, safety violations

    17 June 2024

    The US Department of Labor has announced that its Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) completed impact inspections at 15 mines in 11 states in April 2024, issuing 247 violations and two safeguards. An inspector issued safeguards due to site-specific standards at underground coal mines to address safety hazards related to transportation of miners and materials in haulage ways....

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Investigation launched into another toxic gas release at Honeywell facility in US 11 June 2024

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has announced that it is deploying a team of chemical incident investigators to investigate a release of highly toxic hydrofluoric acid (HF) that occurred on 7 June 2024 at the Honeywell International Fluorine Products facility in Geismar, Louisiana. The incident seriously injured a worker and is the third serious incident at the facility in the last three years....

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US chemical plant explosion kills worker 04 June 2024

An explosion at a liquid nitriding facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee killed one person on 30 May. The worker was initially rushed to hospital with serious injuries but was later confirmed to have died. The incident happened at a facility operated by TS USA....

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Leading tool, equipment manufacturer cited after maintenance electrician suffers severe burns 04 June 2024

One of the world's largest tool and equipment manufacturers, Stanley Black + Decker, could have prevented a 29-year-old maintenance electrician from suffering severe burns during an electrical arc blast at a company facility in Willard, Ohio if required safety standards were followed, a US Department of Labor investigation has found....

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Three people injured by explosion at US power plant 21 May 2024

A fire and explosion at a power plant in Martin County, Florida injured three people on 16 May. The incident happened at the Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center which is operated by utility company Florida Power & Light (FPL). Two employees from the company as well as a firefighter were injured....

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US to update Hazard Communication Standard to better protect workers, first responders 20 May 2024

The Department of Labor has announced a final rule from its Occupational Safety and Health Administration that will update the current Hazard Communication Standard to better protect workers by improving the amount and quality of information on labels and safety data sheets and allow workers and first responders to react more quickly in an emergency. The updates take effect on 19 July 2024....

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