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  • OSHA Fines Grain Cooperative $65K

    January 21, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Wichita area office cited Quinter, KS grain cooperative Frontier Ag Inc. on January 15, 2016 for two repeated and three serious safety violations. Federal inspectors found the company failed to remove immediately grain...

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  • Final Report on Fatal West Fertilizer Explosion Coming

    January 15, 2016

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will convene a public meeting on Thursday, January 28, 2016, in Waco, TX, to present the investigation report and safety recommendations from the April 17, 2013, ammonium nitrate fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer facility in West, TX. The West...

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  • Four Critically Injured in Explosion at Dow Chemical

    January 8, 2016

    Several people were injured -- four critically -- as a result of an explosion at a Dow Chemical plant in Andover, MA, Thursday. The blast, which occurred in the early afternoon, also damaged part of the building. The cause was unclear. A worker was killed at the plant after an explosion...

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  • Hoerbiger Acquires Newson Gale

    January 7, 2016

    Hoerbiger Group headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, acquired Newson Gale, Nottingham, United Kingdom, effective January 4, 2016. The privately owned business, of which the majority of shares has been held by the founder Ernest Kochmann and his family while a minority of shares has been owned by...

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  • Worker Dies in Coke Plant Accident

    January 7, 2016

    A worker at the Tonawanda Coke facility in Tonawanda, NY died Wednesday morning during routine maintenance on an industrial coal elevator. The longtime employee was a 60-year-old male. The accident occurred at about 8am, and paramedics arrived about 30 minutes later. OSHA, which investigated and...

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  • Chemical Safety Board to Hear Process Safety Management Reform

    January 5, 2016

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will will hear an update on the new process safety management reforms in California from a panel of experts in a public meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, in Torrance, CA. “We are continuing to monitor developments in California and look forward...

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  • Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles

    January 4, 2016

    Written by an engineer for engineers, this book is both a training manual and on-going reference, bringing together the different facets of the complex processes that must be in place to minimize the risk to people, plant, and the environment from fires, explosions, vapour releases, and oil spills...

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  • Worker Burned in Chicken Plant Explosion

    January 4, 2016

    A worker at a chicken plant in Accomac, VA was treated for second degree burns after a boiler exploded at the facility on Christmas Eve. The explosion occurred at the Purdue and Valley Proteins facility at about 3:30 am. Officials said the blast caused a partial collapse of the building....

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  • NFPA Seeks Public Input on 2019 Combustible Dust Standard

    December 29, 2015

    The National Fire Protection Association has opened for public input the Annual 2018 revision cycle of NFPA 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust. The period for public comments will close on June 29, 2016. The next edition of the standard is expected to be released in 2019....

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  • NFPA 69-Certified Rotary Airlock Valves

    December 23, 2015

    Certain products like sugar, processed under many conditions, are incredibly flammable and pose a greater risk for creating dust explosions. An increase in factory fires and dust explosions has resulted in fatalities and injuries. As a result, factory owners and managers are seeking flame isolation...

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