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Fish Processing Plant Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Hurt

July 28, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one person died and three others were injured in an explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast.                                     

Oil Depot Ablaze

July 28, 2014 10:25 am | by MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after...

Fertilizer Companies Blame West, TX For The Fatal Accident

July 28, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town...

Countdown To GHS: From MSDS To SDS Format

July 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

With less than a year left in the countdown to GHS Hazard Communication Standard compliance,...

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MSHA Handed Out 186 Citations In June

July 24, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says inspectors issued 186 citations at 13 U.S. mining operations in June.                                                        

Fukushima Study: Think About The Unthinkable

July 24, 2014 2:49 pm | by National Academy Of Sciences | News | Comments

A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.                          

Oil Train Derails In Seattle

July 24, 2014 2:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nothing spilled when three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard, but it alarmed environmentalists.                                      

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Slow Emergency Response Raises Safety Concerns In The Oil Fields

July 24, 2014 9:43 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when a facility storing toxic chemicals exploded. 

New Safety Rules Proposed To Phase Out Old Oil Trains

July 23, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

Oil Supply Plant Fire Finally Extinguished

July 23, 2014 10:07 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive blaze that shot fireballs into the sky at an oil supply and logistics company in a western North Dakota oil patch hub has been extinguished, according to the town's fire department.                                      

Industrial Fire's Cause Still Unknown

July 23, 2014 10:05 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than half a day after an industrial fire broke out in the North Dakota oil patch town of Williston, authorities still were unable to say what caused the massive blaze.                          

People, Processes And Problems

July 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Tom Comstock, Vice President, DELMIA Strategy & User Experience, Dassault Systèmes | Articles | Comments

One glance at your morning newspaper and you’ll find troubling news within today’s global manufacturing industry. It could be one of many things: a fire, a chemical spill, numerous workers injured or killed. In manufacturing, especially in the process industries, the smallest abnormal situation can trigger a series of events that can lead to disaster.

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Ex-Miner Asks Congress For Help For Black Lung Sufferers

July 22, 2014 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate Health Committee's employment and workplace safety subcommittee held the hearing in response to a series by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News on black lung benefits claims for miners. The yearlong investigation, which won a Pulitzer prize for the Center for Public Integrity, examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners.

Overloaded Bins Caused Fatal January Accident

July 22, 2014 10:20 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said.                      

1 Killed, 65 Hurt In LPG Tanker Blast

July 22, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Anadolu Agency said the accident early Tuesday caused a large blast and a fireball that engulfed two passenger buses and other vehicles that were also traveling on the road near the town of Lice, some 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of the city of Diyarbakir. 

Lightning Threatens Fracking Water Disposal Sites

July 21, 2014 10:46 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame. 

Train Collision Spills Thousands Of Gallons Of Diesel Oil

July 21, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.            

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New Earthquake Map Shows Increased Risk For Much Of U.S.

July 18, 2014 10:29 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.                                     

Explosion At Ethanol Plant

July 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.                        

On The Hunt For The Hottest Job In America

July 17, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

Know someone who’s feeling the heat at work-literally? Cintas Corporation and The Sqwincher Corporation, a leader in electrolyte replacement drinks, launched its “Hottest Job in America” contest for employees in high-heat environments. The prize package includes cooling products and a pair of NFL tickets.

New Gas Lines, Less Gas Leaks

July 17, 2014 10:25 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group.

No Easy Answer To Fracking Health Questions

July 17, 2014 10:23 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health said Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue.                   

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.

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.                  

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