Monthly Archives: January 2015

Mexico City Gas Truck Explodes Near Hospital – Video

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A gas tank lorry has exploded outside a maternity and children’s hospital in Mexico City, killing a woman and a baby, the city’s mayor said. … Continue reading

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USA – Train Derails, Spilling Hazardous Chemicals

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Hydrochloric acid and diesel fuel were spilled from an overturned train in Allendale County, South Carolina. The spill happened around 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday when … Continue reading

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NTSB: Systemic Flaws in Safety Oversight of Gas Pipelines

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Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators … Continue reading

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Australia – Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire Inquiry Recommendations Prompt Tough New Regulations

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Victorian coal mine operators will have to comply with tough new regulations aimed at reducing the risk of fire in the wake of last year’s … Continue reading

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OSV Damages Gulf of Mexico Platform

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responding to a damaged unmanned platform in South Timbalier (ST) Block 27 in the Gulf of … Continue reading

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CSB – Draft Final Investigation Report – Chevron Refinery and Fire

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U.S.CHEMICAL SAFETY AND HAZARD INVESTIGATION BOARD FINAL INVESTIGATION REPORT REPORT NO. 2012-03-I-CA JANUARY 2015 CHEVRON RICHMOND REFINERY PIPE RUPTURE AND FIRE http://www.csb.gov/assets/1/7/Chevron_Final_Investigation_Report_2015-01-28.pdf

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MH370: Malaysia Declares Plane’s Disappearance An Accident

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The Malaysian government has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and has said that there were no survivors. No trace … Continue reading

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UK – HSE Oil Firm Talisman Sinopec Served With Safety Improvement Notice

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An oil company has been served with an improvement notice after inspectors found more than 180 “safety critical” work orders outstanding on one platform. Talisman … Continue reading

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Ukraine: 500 Miners Trapped After Shell Blast

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Almost 500 miners are trapped underground after a shell hit an electric substation near the site in war-torn east Ukraine. Emergency services were alerted when Donetsk’s … Continue reading

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CAA Reports On Progress To Improve Safety Of Offshore Helicopter Operations

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Substantial progress has been made on measures to improve offshore helicopter safety but there is still more to do, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) … Continue reading

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Canada – Regina Refinery Pleads Guilty To Safety Charge After 2011 Blast

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There have been four fires at the Regina refinery since 2011, including an explosion last Christmas Eve REGINA—A Regina refinery has pleaded guilty to one … Continue reading

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Fire At Ukraine Nuclear Plant Extinguished

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A fire caused by a short circuit in a transformer of the South Ukraine nuclear power plant was extinguished within two hours yesterday, Energoatom, the … Continue reading

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India – Workers Evacuated From Rig After Gas Leak

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A gas leak at a well being drilled by Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) in the Mumbai High oilfield, 162 kilometres off the Mumbai … Continue reading

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Dr. Sthamer – Hamburg, Europe’s leading independent Fire Fighting Foam manufacture is proud to announce that it has completed its transition to fully C6 based Carbon Chain Fluorosurfactant based AFFF’s and AR-AFFF

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Dr. Sthamer – Hamburg, Europe’s leading independent Fire Fighting Foam manufacture is proud to announce that it has completed its transition from C8 Carbon Chain … Continue reading

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Fomtec Is Now Using C6 In All Products

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After years of hard work Fomtec are now all C6. Fomtec has developed formulations from C8 to C6, to secure that we only produce firefighting … Continue reading

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USA – Massive Oil Pipeline Leak Affects Drinking Water

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GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major … Continue reading

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Thailand – Suspicious Fire At Controversial Refinery

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Huay Yai police were called out by the local fire brigade on the afternoon of Thursday, 15th January to attend to a fire that had … Continue reading

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CSB Announces Public Meeting in Richmond, California to Release Final Report and Safety Recommendations Resulting from Chevron Refinery Investigation; Report Released Prior to Meeting

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Washington, DC, January 23, 2015 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will hold a public meeting on January 28, 2015, to present the third … Continue reading

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BP’s Fine For 2010 Oil Spill Capped At $13.7 Billion USD

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BP Plc will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion under the Clean Water Act for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, several billion dollars … Continue reading

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UK – Eurotunnel Evacuation After Lorry Fire

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Passengers described how they were rushed into a sealed safe room in a frightening ordeal Eurotunnel  passengers have described their frightening ordeal after their train … Continue reading

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S. Korea – Nuclear Watchdog Steps Up Measures Against Cyber attacks

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South Korea’s nuclear watchdog said Wednesday it will strengthen its ability to fight cyber attacks and expand the size of its cyber security staff to … Continue reading

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AirAsia Crash-Jet Stalled After Climb; No Evidence of Explosion

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Flight 8501 appears to have stalled after climbing steeply, an Indonesian government minister said, while its cockpit voice recorder provided no evidence of terrorism having … Continue reading

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Japan – Nuclear Plant Worker Dies After Falling Into Fukushima Tank

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TOKYO — A worker at Japan’s wrecked nuclear power plant died after falling into a water storage tank, the latest in a growing number of … Continue reading

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NTSB Report: 2013 Allision and Sinking of the OSV ‘Celeste Ann’ in Gulf of Mexico

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The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has released its Marine Accident Brief into the causes of the June 2013 sinking of the offshore supply vessel … Continue reading

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Russia – 3 Dead After Mine Explosion In Ural Mountains

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Three people have been killed in an explosion at a mine in the Ural Mountains, in a blast that investigators believe was caused by an … Continue reading

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India – Blast Kills One And Injures 11 At Chemical Factory In Gujarat

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One person died and 11 others were injured following an explosion caused by a short-circuit at Survival Technologies’ chemical factory in Ankleshwar, Gujarat, India. According … Continue reading

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Brazil – Petrobras Refinery Blast Severely Burns Three

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An explosion that rocked Petrobras’ second largest Brazilian refinery Sunday and left three people seriously burned has sparked work slowdowns amid growing safety concerns. The … Continue reading

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USA – EPA Proposes More Restrictive Standards For Oil Spill Dispersants

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Citing lessons learned during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed sweeping changes in regulations for the use of chemical … Continue reading

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USA – After 2 Workers Injured, 1 Fatally, OSHA Cites MFG Chemical Inc.

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OSHA has issued MFG Chemical Inc. citations following an incident involving the release of chemical vapors from an over-pressurized reactor, which left one worker hospitalized … Continue reading

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UK – Giant Waves Crash Into A Swaying Oil Rig Off The Coast Of Scotland – VIDEO

EVER thought about a career working on an oil rig? This stomach churning video filmed during a storm may change your mind. The dramatic footage … Continue reading

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Greek-Operated Oil Tanker Bombed at Libyan Port, Two Dead

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ATHENS, – Two crew members were killed when unidentified military aircraft bombed a Greek-operated oil tanker anchored at the Libyan port of Derna, the Greek … Continue reading

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Colombia – Explosion in Mine Kills Three

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BOGOTA – Three miners died and one was injured in a blast at a mine near Angelopolis, in northwestern Colombia, local press reports said. The … Continue reading

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USA – Ohio Refinery Badly Damaged After Explosion And Fire

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A fire started by an explosion at the Husky Energy refinery in Lima, Ohio, on January 10 was extinguished the following day after causing serious … Continue reading

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S. Korea – Nitrogen Leak at LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

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SEOUL, South Korea — LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its  factory north of … Continue reading

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Kuwait – KNPC controls limited Refinery Fire

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KUWAIT, Jan 15 (KUNA) — The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has controlled a very limited fire at the heavy oil unit of the Al-Shuaiba … Continue reading

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Russia – Hackers Now Thought To Have Caused 2008 Turkish Oil Pipeline Explosion

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The August 2008 Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline explosion at Refahiye in eastern Turkey was said at the time to have been caused by a technical … Continue reading

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UK – HSE Introduces New Electrical, Control & Instrumentation Guide & Web Portal

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The UK Health & Safety Executive has published a new guide, Inspection of Electrical, Control and Instrumentation Systems at COMAH Establishments (Operational Delivery Guide), explaining how the … Continue reading

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Nigeria – Villagers Agree to $83.5 Million For Huge Shell Oil Spill

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JOHANNESBURG — Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community 55 million pounds (about $83.5 million) for the worst oil spill in … Continue reading

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CSB Names Poor Design and Failure to Test Dust Collection System Among Causes of U.S. Ink New Jersey Flash Fire that Burned Seven Workers in 2012; OSHA Again Urged to Issue New Combustible Dust Regulations

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East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 15, 2015—The flash fire that burned seven workers, one seriously, at a U.S. Ink plant in New Jersey in 2012 … Continue reading

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Det-Tronics Eagle Quantum Premier® (EQP) Fire And Gas-Safety Controller Now Has An Ethernet/Modbus TCP/IP Interface Board (EIB) Option

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The Det-Tronics Eagle Quantum Premier® (EQP) fire- and gas-safety controller now has an Ethernet/Modbus TCP/IP interface board (EIB) option, allowing the controller to communicate with … Continue reading

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E2S – VdS Approval For Rugged Metal Enclosure Fire System Horn Sounders

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E2S Warning Signals has gained VdS approval and CPR compliance to directive 305/2011/EU for its AlertAlarm D112 alarm horn sounder by testing to EN54-3. It … Continue reading

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Ecuador – 13 Workers Killed at Power Plant Collapse

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QUITO, Ecuador — A sudden collapse at the site of Ecuador’s largest-ever infrastructure project killed 13 people and injured a dozen more, officials said Sunday. … Continue reading

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USA – 2 Killed, 3 Hurt in Explosion, Fire at Oklahoma Oil Rig

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COALGATE, Okla. — An explosion and fire at a southeastern Oklahoma oil rig early Friday killed two workers and injured three others, two of them … Continue reading

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Gas Explosion At Chinese Factory Kills 17

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BEIJING — A gas explosion at an auto parts factory in southern China killed 17 people and injured 33 others on Wednesday, state media reported. … Continue reading

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AirAsia QZ8501: Search Area Shifted In Hunt For Black Box

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The search operation for AirAsia Flight 8501 will spread slightly eastward on Tuesday as the weather and currents drag wreckage in that direction, the head … Continue reading

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US Coal Mines Record Lowest Death Rate Ever

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The nation’s coal mines set a record for the lowest number of on-the-job fatalities last year, with 16, the federal mining agency said Monday. There … Continue reading

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Two Missing After Blasts At Dalian PetroChina Refinery

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Two oil residue tanks exploded on Sunday in Dalian, Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, leaving two critically injured and another two missing, local officials said. The … Continue reading

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Australia – Firefighters Bring New Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire Under Control

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Firefighters have brought a fire under control in the Hazelwood coal mine in Morwell, in Victoria’s east, where a blaze burned for more than a … Continue reading

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Fire At Numaligarh Refinery India

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Numaligarh Refinery , situated at a distance of 250 KM from Guwahati and 25 KM from Golaghat, was engulfed in a devastating fire broke out … Continue reading

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Australia – EPA Probes Leak At Sydney Chemical Plant

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The NSW environmental regulator is investigating the leak of a potentially lethal gas at a chemical plant in southeast Sydney. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) … Continue reading

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