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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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Violence Breaks Out At Oil Refinery

June 18, 2014 4:26 pm | by SAMEER N. YACOUB, QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Iraqi security forces battled insurgents targeting the country's main oil refinery and said they regained partial control of a city near the Syrian border, trying to blunt a weeklong offensive by Sunni militants who diplomats fear may have also seized some 100 foreign workers.

1 Dead, 2 Hurt In Fireworks Plant Explosion

June 18, 2014 4:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The man died while awaiting an airlift to a regional trauma center, Thurston County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Greg Elwin said. Two others were hurt in the explosion near Tenino, Washington and have been taken to hospitals.                                      

Montana Will Release Oil Train Details

June 18, 2014 4:20 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana officials said they intend to release details next week on the frequency of oil trains passing through the state, despite efforts by railroads to keep the information from the public after a string of fiery accidents raised safety concerns. 

Washington Residents Rail Against Oil Shipments

June 18, 2014 10:27 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Numerous speakers told a state Senate committee that they oppose the rapid increase in railcars carrying crude oil from the Bakken fields of North Dakota and Montana through the state.                                  

Angry Factory Workers Kill CEO In Dispute

June 16, 2014 3:51 pm | by PRASANTA PAUL, Associated Press | News | Comments

An angry mob of workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours, police said Monday after arresting six workers.                    

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OSHA Never Inspected Sugar Beet Plant Before Accident

June 16, 2014 2:44 pm | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has no record of ever inspecting Western Sugar Cooperative's beet-processing plant in Lovell before a woman died there in an industrial accident this year.                    

Nuclear Industry Explores Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 11:18 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

In response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, the U.S. government dramatically increased funding to develop tougher protective skins for nuclear fuel, hoping to spur innovation in designs that hadn't changed much in years.                

Feds Inspecting Less Than Half Of High-Risk Wells

June 16, 2014 11:15 am | by HOPE YEN, THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks.

Washington Governor Wants Agencies Studying Oil Train Risks

June 13, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing new safety and environmental risks as more crude oil moves by train through Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee directed state agencies to evaluate the safety of oil transport in the state.                       

Lawsuit Filed Against Nuclear Contractor

June 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Jodi Stanton, the wife of an exposed worker, filed the lawsuit in federal court involving a 2011 accident at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility that exposed 16 workers to plutonium.                       

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6 Killed In Steel Plant Explosion

June 13, 2014 9:56 am | by INDRAJIT SINGH, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least six people were killed and 29 more injured in an explosion and a subsequent gas pipeline leak on Thursday at a government-run steel plant, a plant spokesman said.                           

Nebraska Company Cited For Safety Violations

June 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday that it has placed the Geneva-based Bioiberica Nebraska in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.                       

Explosion Closes Plant For 30 Days

June 12, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Plum Creek Timber Co. official says the company's Columbia Falls fiberboard plant will be closed for about a month following explosions and a fire.                          

Drilling States Investigate Man-Made Earthquakes

June 12, 2014 10:13 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes.                                

More Trouble At Nuclear Waste Dump

June 11, 2014 10:33 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists investigating a mysterious radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump have identified five other potentially explosive containers of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory that are being stored at a site in West Texas.

Explosion And Fire At Fiberboard Plant

June 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building and no major injuries were reported, authorities said.                      

Fire Damages Petrochemical Plant

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

A fire damaged a petrochemical plant in eastern Thailand on Monday, sending smoke billowing for kilometers (miles) and forcing nearby residents to flee their homes.                           

Report Calls For More Protection For Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 10:33 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.                    

States Refuse To Keep Oil Train Info Secret From The Public

June 6, 2014 10:16 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying that the information shouldn't be kept from the public.

Blast Rocks Power Plant

June 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A huge explosion rocked Kosovo's main power plant Friday, causing casualties and damaging nearby houses.                                              

West Virginia Homes Still Being Tested For Leaked Chemical

June 6, 2014 9:54 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

An independent research group suggests sampling water in 720 West Virginia homes for a chemical that spilled into the water supply in January.                                  

Chemical Powder Mistaken For Cheese, Poisons Teen

June 5, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a customer at a Massachusetts restaurant became sick when an employee mistakenly sprinkled a chemical cleaner on food instead of grated cheese.                          

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