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  • Explosion and fire kills two people, seriously injures two others at US cannabis extraction facility

    25 October 2021

    An explosion and significant fire at a cannabis extraction facility in Los Angeles, US killed two people and seriously injured two others on October 18. Though the business was a legal enterprise, the operation inside appeared to be illegal, as it did not adhere to established permitting processes and safety requirements, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) said in a statement....

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  • US paint manufacturer faces $709,000 fine after April 2021 explosion killed one, injured eight

    12 October 2021

    A US-based paint manufacturer is facing fines of up to $709,000 for safety violations following an explosion at a factory in Columbus, Ohio in April 2021. The incident, which the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said could have been prevented, killed a press operator and hospitalised eight other employees of Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation....

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  • Louisiana chemical plant explosion injures five people

    04 October 2021

    An explosion at a chemical plant in Louisiana, US injured five people on September 27. The incident occurred at the Westlake petrochemical plant near the city of Lake Charles in the southwest of Louisiana....

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  • Wood manufacturing plant explosion injures eight in Canada

    21 September 2021

    An explosion and fire at a lumber plant in Quebec, Canada injured eight people on September 20. Two people received treatment at the scene while six others suffered serious burn injuries and had to be transferred to a specialist trauma unit at a hospital in Quebec City....

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  • Carbon capture and storage gains wide industry support in Houston

    17 September 2021

    Eleven companies have expressed interest in supporting the large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in Houston. Calpine, Chevron, Dow, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Linde, LyondellBasell, Marathon Petroleum, NRG Energy, Phillips 66 and Valero have agreed to begin discussing plans that could lead to capturing and safely storing up to 50 million metric tons of CO2 per year by 2030 and about 100 million metric tons by 2040....

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Hazardous materials incident kills two workers at US manufacturing plant 14 September 2021

Two people were killed following a hazardous materials incident in North Carolina, US on September 12. Emergency responders attended a plant belonging to Valley Proteins at around 13:30 local time and pronounced two workers as dead at the scene....

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Chemical incident at commercial truck washing company kills two workers in US 14 September 2021

Two employees of a commercial truck washing company were found dead after they were exposed to an unknown chemical, police have said. The incident happened while the workers were cleaning the inside of a tanker in Avondale, around 19 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona....

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Canadian chemical plant explosion kills one, seriously injures another 13 September 2021

An explosion at a chemical plant in Toronto, Canada killed one person and seriously injured another on September 8. Emergency services were called to the Siltech chemical plant at around 10:00 local time and pronounced one person dead at the scene while another was rushed to hospital in a critical condition....

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Wood pellet plant blast injures four in US 07 September 2021

An explosion at a wood pellet manufacturer in the state of Georgia, US injured four people on September 2. The incident happened at a plant belonging to Hazlehurst Wood Pellets near the town of Hazlehurst. Two of the injured were airlifted to hospital....

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Coal mine explosion kills 12 in Colombia 31 August 2021

A coal mine explosion in the Boyacá region of Colombia killed 12 workers on August 24. Colombia’s National Mining Agency (ANM) said that 13 people were initially trapped by a blast at La Carbonera coal mine, however 12 lost their lives while one was seriously injured....

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