Monthly Archives: November 2014

Iran – Satellite Images Confirm Extensive Damage At Nuclear Research Facility

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Reports on October 6 that an explosion had killed two and destroyed buildings at Iran’s Parchin nuclear plant east of Tehran have been confirmed by … Continue reading

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Turkey – Six More Bodies Recovered From Ermenek Mine

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The bodies of six miners were recovered from a flooded mine in Ermenek, a district of the central Turkish province of Karaman, yesterday, bringing the … Continue reading

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Outgoing US Nuclear Regulator: More Work Needed To Implement Lessons From Fukushima Crisis

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ATLANTA — The outgoing chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday the industry must finish making the safety changes required after a nuclear … Continue reading

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USA – Ex-Coal Exec Pleads Not Guilty In W.Va. Mine Blast

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Ex-coal company chief executive Don Blankenship pleaded not guilty Thursday to conspiracy and other charges in the deadliest U.S. mine accident in four decades. It … Continue reading

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USA – One Dead In Explosion At Platform In Gulf of Mexico

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An explosion at oil and gas operator Fieldwood Energy’s Echo Platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday killed one person and injured at least … Continue reading

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CSB To Investige Fatal DuPont Accident in LaPorte, Texas that Killed Four Workers

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A team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has arrived in Houston to begin its investigation into the fatal chemical release at the La … Continue reading

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UK – Fire At Dounreay Nulclear Plant Led To Release Of RadioActivity

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A fire in part of Dounreay’s Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) facility last month led to an “unauthorised release” of radioactivity into the environment. Dounreay Site … Continue reading

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USA – Cause Of Death For DuPont Workers Killed In Chemical Leak Released

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According to a preliminary coroner’s report, the four workers killed in a chemical leak at the DuPont plant near La Porte died from accidental asphyxiation. … Continue reading

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Taiwan – Fire Put Out At Underground Oil Pipeline In Haulien – Video

A fire broke out on Huadong Road in the eastern city of Haulien Monday when crewmen paving the road seemed to have accidentally ignited an … Continue reading

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USA – Halliburton Worker Killed In Colorado Fracking Accident

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An accident at a fracking site in Colorado killed one Halliburton Co worker and seriously injured two on Thursday as they tried to thaw a … Continue reading

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China Shuts Two Sinopec Pipelines On Safety Concerns

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Two short crude oil pipelines in China operated by Sinopec Group are shutting temporarily due to worries over safety, Chinese authorities said. Sinopec has been … Continue reading

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China – 21 Confirmed Dead In Collapsed Mine

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Chinese authorities have confirmed the deaths of 21 missing miners who were trapped in an August mine collapse in eastern China, bringing the death toll … Continue reading

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USA – Fire Prompts Refinery Evacuation

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ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. – Crews were able to quickly extinguish a fire that forced an evacuation at a refinery in St. Paul Park. The … Continue reading

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Japan Governor Approves Nuclear Reactor Restart

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Two reactors at Japan’s Sendai nuclear plant are due to become the first to be restarted in the country since the 2011 meltdown at the … Continue reading

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CSB Releases Board Approved Regulatory Report on Chevron Refinery Fire – Proposes a More Rigorous Refinery Industry Regulatory System in California

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Washington, DC. November 10, 2014– In the final Regulatory Report unanimously approved by the CSB Board and released to the public today, the U.S. Chemical … Continue reading

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China – 21 Confirmed Dead In Collapsed Mine

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Chinese authorities have confirmed the deaths of 21 missing miners who were trapped in an August mine collapse in eastern China, bringing the death toll … Continue reading

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Israel – Firefighter Dead As Ammonia Leak Forces Hundreds To Evacuate

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Samir Assli, firefighter with decade of experience, killed during rescue effort in industrial accident at Emek Hefer factory; residents requested to stay indoors. Hundreds of … Continue reading

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UK – Recycling Company Found Guilty Of Corporate Manslaughter, Fined £500,000

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A recycling firm which was found guilty of corporate manslaughter over the death of an employee through ‘inexcusable neglect’ has been fined £500,000. Michael Whinfrey … Continue reading

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USA – Fuel Distributor Fined $100K Following Fatal Explosion

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Cal/OSHA has fined a fuel distribution company $99,345 following an investigation into an explosion at the company’s facility that killed one employee and left another … Continue reading

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Turkey – Karaman Mine Manager Says They ‘tasted’ Leak Water To Assess Danger

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The operating manager of the coal mine where 18 miners were trapped due to flooded water has said they measured the content of the leaked … Continue reading

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Argentina – Chemical Plant Explosion Injures 66

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An explosion at the Rigoni chemical facility in Córdoba, north western Argentina, has injured 66, according to the Buenos Aires Herald. Two of the injured … Continue reading

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NFPA releases 2013 U.S. Firefighter Injuries Report

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the latest edition of its U.S. Firefighter Injury Report which highlights data on injuries sustained by firefighters on duty. The statistics … Continue reading

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Nigeria – Shell ‘Warned Pipeline Could Leak Before Spills’

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Oil firm Royal Dutch Shell was told a pipeline had reached the end of its life years before it spilled up to 500,000 barrels of … Continue reading

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Canada – Substation Fire At Oil Refinery – 3rd Fire in Weeks

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A fire at an electrical substation at Imperial Oil – Sarnia late Wednesday afternoon caused black smoke to billow from a flare stack. The company … Continue reading

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SOLBERG® Expands Product Certifications on Foam Concentrates RE-HEALING™ Fluorine-Free Foam Provides Enhanced Fire Safety and Environmental Sustainability

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Green Bay, Wisconsin – The Solberg Company, the world’s foremost innovator of firefighting foam concentrates and systems hardware, announced today the company has achieved Underwriters’ … Continue reading

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AUSTRALIA – Fire Crews Contain Leak at Geelong Refinery

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Shell is investigating the cause of a fuel leak at its refinery in Geelong today. The facility was locked down after fire-fighters were alerted to … Continue reading

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UK – Uncontrolled Gas Leak On North Sea Platform ‘Could Have Caused Catastrophic Blast’

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A corroded pipe on a North Sea platform which caused a potentially explosive leak was flagged in an inspection as early as 2009. The incident … Continue reading

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New Zealand – Owner Won’t Retrieve 29 Killed In Mine Explosion

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The owners of a New Zealand coal mine where the bodies of 29 workers remain entombed after a methane-fueled explosion four years ago, said they … Continue reading

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UK – HSE: Fatal Workplace Injuries Fall From 150 In 2012/13 To 133 In 2013/14

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Figures published on October 2014 show that while Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work in Europe, many workers are still … Continue reading

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Nigeria – Tanker explosion kills 20

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Tragedy struck in Bode-Saadu, headquarters of Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State on Monday night after a fuel-laden truck exploded, killing 20 people. The … Continue reading

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Canada – Enbridge: $1.21 Billion For Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Clean-up

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The largest inland oil spill in U.S. history has cost Canadian energy giant Enbridge $1.21 billion to clean up — a substantially higher figure than … Continue reading

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Turkey – Prosecutors Seek Life Jail for Death Of 301 In Mining Disaster

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Prosecutors have demanded life imprisonment for eight executives of a coal mine company in Turkey operating a facility where 301 workers were killed in May … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan – One Dead, One Missing In Offshore Platform Accident.

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One worker was killed and another was missing after an accident at an offshore oil and gas platform in the Caspian Sea off Azerbaijan, Azeri … Continue reading

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Turkey – Rescue Operations For Trapped Miners Continue

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Rescue operations to save 18 workers who remain trapped in a flooded mine in central Turkey have not yet led to any tangible results, the … Continue reading

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USA – Spontaneous Combustion Destroys Grain Plant

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Investigators in western New York say spontaneous combustion of animal feed started the fire that destroyed a large grain mill and storage facility operated by … Continue reading

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Venezuela – Gas Blast At Refinery Injures Workers

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The 335-Mbpd Isla refinery is located on an island. The cause for the explosion is unknown along with the true impact on the accident on … Continue reading

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Libya- Gunmen Storm El Sharara Oilfield.

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Gunmen seized Libya’s major El Sharara oilfield, looting equipment and shooting as frightened workers sought shelter, oil sources said on Wednesday, in another blow to … Continue reading

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France – Drone Near Nuclear Plant Leads To Arrests

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Three men in their 20s have been arrested in possession of a drone near a French nuclear reactor, the first such arrests since a spate … Continue reading

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E2S Adds SIL 2 Compatibility To Its Horn And Strobe Families

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Safety Integrity Level, SIL, is a measure of safety system performance expressed in terms of probability of failure on demand (PFD). In the oil and … Continue reading

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