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  • OSHA to Hold Emergency Response and Preparedness Meeting

    February 5, 2016

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) will hold a meeting of the Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee on February 24-25, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Among other issues, the subcommittee will...

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  • West Fertilizer Explosion Video Released by CSB

    January 29, 2016

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a safety video into the fatal April 17, 2013, fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. in West, TX that resulted in 15 fatalities, more than 260 injuries, and widespread community damage. The deadly fire and explosion occurred when about 30 tons of...

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  • How to Protect Against Milling Explosion Hazards

    January 26, 2016

    A new safety approach for protecting coal/wood grinding plants against the ravages of a combustible dust explosion has been developed, using “flameless venting” devices and leak-tight explosion venting panels.   Roller mills are usually located inside buildings. Conventional...

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  • How to Correctly Ground Type C FIBCs

    January 22, 2016

    Helpful Tips for correctly grounding Type C FIBC bags: •    Ensure Type C bags are manufactured in accordance with the electrostatic recommendations of IEC 61340-4-4/NFPA 77 or CLC/TR: 50404. •    Ensure that the grounding system selected can check and...

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  • Over 15,000 NFPA Definitions for Free

    January 22, 2016

    The 2016 edition of the NFPA Glossary of Terms (GOT) has been published and is available online at no charge. The GOT is a list of the defined terms in all of NFPA's published codes, standards, guides, and recommended practices. Over 15,000 terms are listed alphabetically and assembled...

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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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