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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.                          

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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.                                         

Better On-The-Job Electrical Safety

July 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety awareness and precautionary practices in place. 

Work Resumes At GM Plant After Explosion

July 2, 2014 11:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Employees have returned to work at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana following a chemical explosion that killed a contractor and injured several others.                       

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Tips For Emergency Preparedness

July 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Everyone thinks about the worst case scenario. For your operation, it could be a serious safety incident. Or maybe it’s an issue of how your chemicals are stored, or what a power outage might mean. Perhaps you’ve watched on the news as a business contends with a natural disaster and wondered – how would we react?

First Bill Reacting To West, Texas Blast Meets GOP Resistance

July 1, 2014 5:20 pm | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception from Republicans who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.       

Chemical Blast At GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 1, 2014 5:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a chemical explosion at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana has left one person dead and five others injured.                          

Leaking Oil Pipeline Burns, Evacuates Thousands

July 1, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, forcing the evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents, according to a government oil company.                              

Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

July 1, 2014 1:00 am | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon | Blogs | Comments

With a variety of automated Environmental Management Information Systems to track and report environmental, health and safety compliance, it’s surprising that many companies are using manual programs. Why are companies accepting liability associated with these archaic programs and what can they do to bring their EH&S systems into the 21st century?

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A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a special session.

Feds: No More Animal Tests With Spill Chemical

June 27, 2014 10:33 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite rejection from federal health officials, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is still pushing for more animal studies to understand what health effects may surface years after the January chemical spill into West Virginia's biggest water supply.             

Pipeline Blast Kills 15

June 27, 2014 10:22 am | by OMER FAROOQ, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state-owned gas pipeline exploded and burst into flames Friday, killing at least 15 people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of neighboring villages in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, authorities said.

Oil Train Danger Extends Beyond Bakken

June 26, 2014 4:55 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. officials say the danger posed by a dramatic increase in North American oil train traffic extends far beyond shipments from the booming Bakken region on the Northern Plains.                 

Jury Awards Gas Blast Victim $20M

June 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern California Gas Co. must pay nearly $20 million to a man who was badly injured in a gas explosion, a Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday.                             

States Confront Worries About Fracking & Earthquakes

June 25, 2014 4:41 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, KRISTI EATON, Associated Press | News | Comments

In recent years, earthquakes have become commonplace in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Most were too weak to cause serious damage, but they've rattled nerves and raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to oil and gas fracking, especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater.

Oil Train Data Reveals Heavy Traffic

June 25, 2014 10:20 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast.                 

Hormonal Impacts Of Fracking Chemicals

June 24, 2014 2:52 pm | by Endocrine Society | News | Comments

A new study extended the analysis to learn whether high-use fracking chemicals changed other key hormone receptors besides the estrogen and androgen receptors. Specifically, the researchers looked at the receptor for a female reproductive hormone, as well as those for a hormone important to the immune system and for a thyroid hormone. 

Kevlar Vest Hits 1 Million Milestone

June 24, 2014 11:01 am | by DuPont | News | Comments

DuPont Protection Technologies announced that over one million bullet-resistant vests made with DuPont™ Kevlar® XP™ have been sold globally since the advanced material was launched at Eurosatory in 2008.                  

Pipeline Eruption Causes Concern

June 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas health officials on Monday were at the site of natural gas pipeline eruption in eastern Kansas, where crops and trees have withered since a dark, oily plume burst from the line while crews were trying to perform maintenance.                

Controlling Dust With Curtain Walls

June 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Ashelin, Engineering Manager, Zoneworks | Articles | Comments

Controlling dust in a facility is essential for quality control and, more importantly, is a matter of safety. Any company involved in a process handling operation or generating particulate matter will benefit from dust control practices. Curtain walls can be a simple and economical way to control dust and they make exhaust and separation systems more efficient.

Fireworks Plant Explosion Under Investigation

June 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A deadly blast at a fireworks plant in Washington state came as workers were preparing shells for shipping, an Entertainment Fireworks official says. Representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the state Department of Labor and Industries are investigating.

Emergency Eyewashes & Showers: Testing and Maintenance

June 19, 2014 1:00 am | by Grainger | Articles | Comments

Fortunately, emergency eyewashes and showers often go unused, so it's criticial to test these devices regularly to help ensure they will function properly in an emergency. Studies show that the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing damage.

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