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Chemical Leak Sickens 100

July 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 90 people, including primary school students, were sickened by a chemical leak from a Hong Kong ship in eastern Thailand on Thursday, authorities said.                      

Feds Offer Advice After Deadly WV Explosion

July 17, 2014 10:12 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Cumberland metal recycling plant lacked a safety system to collect combustible dust during a 2010 explosion that killed three people and injured another, according to federal investigators.                

Explosion-Proof Vacuums: An Investment In Safety

July 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Plant explosions should serve as a reminder for industrial users to review their vacuums to ensure they are suitable in explosion-proof applications, such as those relating to combustible dust. In addition to satisfying OSHA requirements, manufacturers must also keep workers safe.

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10 Safety Tips For Operating Aerial Lifts

July 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Terex Corporation | Articles | Comments

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Those deaths could have been prevented.                  

The Link Between Injection Wells & Earthquakes

July 15, 2014 10:00 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press | News | Comments

States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.  

Is The Texas Fertilizer Explosion Doomed To Repeat Itself?

July 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, MBT | Blogs | Comments

The small town of West, Texas recently marked the one year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and injured 200 others. Subsequent news on the accident went largely unnoticed, because it happened on April 17, two days after the Boston Marathon. But since the blast little has been done to ensure it won’t happen again.

Railroad Crashes Prompt New Safety Rules

July 14, 2014 10:35 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A string of fiery train derailments across North America has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the U.S. government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.                  

7 Earthquakes Hit Oklahoma

July 14, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded seven small earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma in a span of about 14 hours.                                  

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Addressing Fracking Health Impacts In Pennsylvania

July 14, 2014 9:50 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms.                                 

Preventing Heat Stress On The Job

July 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC | Articles | Comments

Many industries face challenges when it comes to providing a cool working environment, particularly in heat-susceptible areas such as industrial plants and manufacturing facilities. These extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.

Chemical Plant Blast Injures 1

July 11, 2014 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A small explosion at a chemical plant in southern New Jersey forced the evacuation of employees and left one person injured.                             

Gas Explosion Kills 1, Injures 36

July 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas explosion in a bakery in southwest Turkey killed one person and injured 36 others on Friday, the country's emergency management agency said.                        

Dozens of skeptical citizens on Monday urged West Virginia officials to create meaningful regulatory and enforcement changes following a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for days.

Study Shows WV Spill Chemical More Toxic Than Originally Thought

July 10, 2014 1:27 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study shows a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated.                            

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Drought Drives Texas To Drink Treated Wastewater

July 10, 2014 1:25 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.                              

Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

July 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.                                     

Lightning Causes Explosion, Fire & Oil Spill

July 9, 2014 11:09 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lightning strike sparked a fire and explosion that destroyed the third North Dakota saltwater disposal facility in recent weeks, sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky and leaving the smell of oil in the air.                            

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Court To Reexamine BP Disaster Deaths

July 9, 2014 10:43 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors tried Tuesday to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate some of the manslaughter charges against two BP employees in a case arising from the deaths of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dealing With "Fast-Breaking" Crisis Situations in Your Plant

July 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Ray White, Director of Federal Signal Corporation's Integrated Systems Group (ISG) | Articles | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Explosions, hazardous gas leaks, chemical spills and rapidly spreading fires are obvious examples of fast-breaking crises. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                     

2 Injured In Fire At Chevron Phillips Chemical

July 8, 2014 11:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical says two people are injured after a fire at its Port Arthur facility. A statement from the company says the situation at the southeast Texas chemical plant is "under control" and that all personnel have been accounted for.

Investigation Into Chemical Leak Begins

July 8, 2014 10:53 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Yesterday's accident marked a third serious safety incident for MFG Chemical Inc. A worker was adding a chemical into a reactor to produce maleic anhydride and chemical reaction quickly produced a vapor that escaped before the worker could shut a lid. That worker inhaled the vapor and appeared to have injured his respiratory tract.

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Freedom Industries Fined $11K For Chemical Spill

July 8, 2014 10:39 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.                               

Grieving Family Sues Chevron After Well Explosion

July 7, 2014 10:45 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The parents of a contractor killed when a southwestern Pennsylvania natural gas well exploded in February have sued the Chevron subsidiary that owns the well.                          

Hope Runs Out For 8 Trapped Gold Miners

July 7, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are making a last ditch effort to rescue eight men trapped in a small gold mine.                                                

Chemical Leak Injures 1

July 7, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in northeast Georgia say an industrial area on the city of Dalton's northwest side has been deemed safe after a chemical leak injured one person and prompted road closures.                          

17 Dead In Coal Mine Blast

July 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Seventeen coal miners have died after being trapped by a weekend gas explosion in northwestern China, an official news agency reported Monday.                                         

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