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  • Safety regulator proposes $311,000 fine for US company which continually exposed workers to chemical hazards

    23 June 2022

    The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined that a recycling company based in Atlanta, Georgia exposed workers to hazardous chemicals without warning them of the risks. OSHA said it was the third time since 2019 that the company had been cited for similar violations....

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  • Coal mine explosion kills 12 people in Colombia, three remain missing

    07 June 2022

    An explosion at a coal mine in northeastern Colombia killed 12 people on May 30. One miner died in hospital shortly after the blast while 14 others became trapped underground. An extensive search and rescue operation was conducted in the days following the incident which led to the discovery of 12 bodies. As of June 7, three people remain missing....

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  • BP and Equinor awarded carbon storage licences

    24 May 2022

    The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has awarded two carbon storage (CS) licences in the North Sea to BP and Equinor with an appraisal term of eight years. The four separate storage sites are located around 43 miles (70km) off the coast of Humberside. Elsewhere, BP has also announced plans for a major carbon capture and storage project in the US to enable low carbon hydrogen production at facilities operated by chemical company Linde....

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  • US milling company charged with fraud and conspiracy to conceal safety violations relating to 2017 explosion that killed five

    16 May 2022

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a corn milling company, a company Vice President, two environmental coordinators and three additional supervisors with crimes related to worker safety, fraud, air pollution and obstruction of justice, the US Department of Justice announced on May 11. The charges relate to a grain dust explosion in May 2017 which killed five workers and injured 14 others at Didion Milling in Cambria, Wisconsin....

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  • Tyre manufacturer cited for multiple safety violations after 3 workers suffer severe injuries on consecutive days

    16 May 2022

    The US Department of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a tyre manufacturing plant in Illinois, US on May 13. In two separate incidents on consecutive days in November 2021, three workers at the Continental Tire plant suffered severe injuries....

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Grain silo explosion injures two, causes $2 million worth of damage in US 13 May 2022

An explosion in a grain silo at an ethanol plant in Illinois, US injured two workers on May 11. According to the local fire department, the incident caused an estimated $2 million (£1.6m) worth of damage to the facility which belongs to BioUrja Group....

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US electric company fined $500,000 for 2017 explosion that killed five 10 May 2022

Tampa Electric (TECO) is facing a fine of $500,000 (£405K) in relation to an explosion that killed five workers at its Apollo Beach coal power plant in Tampa, Florida in June 2017. In court on May 6, TECO pleaded guilty to violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and now faces the fine as well as an order to pay compensation to the families of the victims....

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US refinery officials knew about issues years before 2018 explosion injured 36 people and caused mass evacuation 10 May 2022

Documents obtained from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have revealed that officials were aware of equipment issues at an oil refinery in Superior, northwestern Wisconsin years before a 2018 explosion injured 36 people and caused the mass evacuation of 21,000 people....

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US Department of Labor cites oil company $450,000 after three workers suffer severe injuries in well explosion 10 May 2022

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $453,982 (£369k) in penalties after its investigators determined that an oil company’s failure to take adequate safety precautions contributed to a drilling site explosion in North Dakota on 4 November 2021....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases new safety video into fatal May 2019 explosion involving incompatible chemicals 03 May 2022

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a new safety video on its investigation into an explosion and fire that occurred in May 2019 at the AB Specialty Silicones facility in Waukegan, Illinois. The incident killed four workers, destroyed the facility, and caused extensive damage to nearby businesses....

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