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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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  • Chemical plant explosion causes significant fire, mass evacuations in US

    22 June 2021

    An explosion at a chemical plant in northern Illinois, US on June 14 caused a large fire and resulted in an evacuation order lasting for four days as firefighters fought the blaze. The incident happened at a plant belonging to Chemtool Inc., a lubricants and grease products manufacturer, in Rockton, northwest of Chicago....

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Jeff Bezos-backed fusion plant to be built in UK 22 June 2021

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and Canada-based General Fusion have announced an agreement under which General Fusion will build and operate its Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) at UKAEA’s Culham Campus in Oxfordshire....

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US steel mill blast injures eight, company previously cited for explosion risks 08 June 2021

An explosion at a steel mill in Colorado, US injured eight people on May 29. The incident, which occurred at the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel plant in Pueblo, is said to have been a furnace explosion. The steel mill has previously been cited by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for putting employees at risk of an explosion....

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US milling company fined $676K for fatal 2020 corn silo incident 08 June 2021

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on June 7 that it had fined Didion Milling a total of $676,000 after a worker died from engulfment in an unsafe grain bin. Didion received 14 citations for grain-handling safety violations. The incident comes four years after the company was fined $1.8 million for not complying with federal safety standards that may have prevented an explosion that killed five and injured a dozen....

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Owner of tanker repair company pleads guilty to violating safety standards and making false statement to OSHA 21 May 2021

The owner of tanker testing and repair company KCCS Inc. in Idaho, US has pleaded guilty to making an illegal repair to a cargo tanker in violation of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) and lying to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The case stems from an incident in August 2018 where an explosion seriously injured an employee....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases report into fatal 2019 hydrogen sulphide release 21 May 2021

On May 21, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its final report into the fatal October 2019 hydrogen sulphide 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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