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No injuries reported in massive yarn factory fire in India

An early morning fire at a yarn factory in Amod, India Monday (Nov. 11) took seven hours for firefighters to control, only to have it rekindle in the afternoon. According to Express News Service, the plant manager was told of the emergency as more than a hundred workers fled the flames. Firefighters with Ankleshwar GIDC responded with seven fire tenders to tackle the blaze. Although the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, one fire officer speculated that the flames spread quite easily through the factory’s inventory of  yarn. The loss to buildings and equipment is expected to run into the millions.
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Company management in UK charged in 2015 dust explosion at wood products mill

A company director and the firm he works for has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter in the July 2015 explosion at a flour mill that killed four people. George Boden, the director of Wood Treatment Ltd, and two other managers were also charged with health and safety offenses, a Crown Prosecution Service press release states. “Following explosions at a wood flour mill in Bosley on Friday 17 July 2015, which led to the death of four people and injuries to a number of other, the Crown Prosecution Service has authorized charges,” Jenny Hopkins, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division said. The defendants are due to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on 2 December 2019. Intense flames following the dust explosion prevented the recovery of bodies from the wreckage for several days. “These decisions were made following a careful review of all the evidence presented to us...
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ITC unable to "isolate or stop" naphtha release that triggered Texas terminal fire in March, CSB update states

Simplified schematic showing ITC's butane blending system. The arrows in the figure show the butane flow direction and the naphtha product circulation path through the piping. Diagram courtesy of CSB.
A mechanical problem in the pump circulation system of an 80,000-barrel naphtha storage tank is suspected as the cause of the massive Intercontinental Terminals Company fire on the Houston Ship Channel in March, an update issued by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board states. “The CSB is continuing to conduct its investigation of this incident,” the update states. “Components from the Tank 80-8 piping manifold were taken to a secure storage facility, where CSB completed an initial visual inspection of the piping and pump.” Further testing is planned, the CSB update states. A presentation on the ongoing investigation was made to the agency board today (Oct. 30) in a meeting held at the CSB offices in Washington, D.C. The ITC Deer Park, TX, terminal fire took 77 hours to extinguish and burned its way through 10 storage tanks, the report states. At the time of the fire the ITC Deer Park, TX,...
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Georgia state officials ban fishing in contaminated creek near plant fire

Georgian state environmental officials are warning the public not to consume fish taken from a creek near a chemical plant in Milledgeville that was the scene of a fire on Oct. 21. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division says chemicals from the Zschimmer & Schwarz fire caused a fish kill in Fishing Creek. "The potential damage is concerning. We can’t really consume these fish anymore," Christian Briggs, a Georgia College and State University student told WMAZ. As of Friday, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division is warning people not to eat fish out of Fishing Creek. Wayne Johnson, the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency director, says the county is also advising people to not eat fish out of the Oconee River since Fishing Creek flows into it.  A partial list of chemical EPD found in the creek includes phosphetal C810-4, a lubricant; glycol ether DB, a solvent and sorbitanmonolaurate and sorbitan monooleate, both...
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Japanese company announces $92 million settlement with workers injured in May 2018 plant fire in Texas

Japanese chemical manufacturer Kuraray announced last week that its U.S. subsidiary, Kuraray America, has reached a $92 million settlement with workers injured in May 2018 when more than 2,000 pounds of escaping ethylene gas ignited at a plant near Pasadena, TX. More than 160 contract workers and others filed several civil lawsuits against Kuraray seeking damages due to physical and mental injury. The settlement in this case was to a lawsuit filed in Japanese circuit court. “As a result of discussions with some plantiffs, including those who suffered the most damage, we reached a basic agreement on settlement in order to resolve the lawsuit quickly,” the Kuraray press release states. According to a preliminary report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board workers at the Kuraray America KVAL chemical production facility in Texas were preparing for startup activities after site-wide routine maintenance. At the time of the incident, 266 employees and contract...
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Lubrizol CEO maintains that massive September fire in France originated outside the facility property

Lubrizol CEO Eric Schnur told French lawmakers that he has no doubt that the massive September fire at a Lubrizol chemical plant in Rouen that forced evacuations and school closures spread to the facility from outside the plant property. “All the information we have indicates that it has been triggered outside our facilities,” said Schnur, according to reports widely quoted in the French media. Schnur testified Wednesday ()ct. 23) before the French Senate and National Assembly commissions investigating the September 26 fire. Local officials maintain the fire burned 5,253 tons of chemicals at the Lubrizol site and an additional 4,250 tons at a storage facility next door. Security video from the night of the fire shows flames approaching the Lubrizol site from outside the property, Schnur said. Officials with Normandie Logistique, a neighboring storage facility extensively damaged by fire that night deny that it originated from there. The Normandie Logistique storage...
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Specialty chemicals plant in Illinois faces nearly $1.6 million in penalties for fatal blast

WAUKEGAN, IL  –The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited AB Specialty Silicones LLC for 12 willful federal safety violations after four employees suffered fatal injuries in an explosion and fire at the company's Waukegan, Illinois, plant on May 3, 2019. The company faces $1,591,176 in penalties. OSHA has placed the silicon chemical products manufacturer in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program. OSHA investigators determined AB Specialty Silicones failed to ensure that electrical equipment and installations in the production area of the plant complied with OSHA electrical standards, and were approved for hazardous locations. The company also used forklifts powered by liquid propane to transport volatile flammable liquids, and operated these forklifts in areas where employees handled and processed volatile flammable liquids and gases, creating the potential for ignition.   "Employers must employ hazard recognition to protect workers from harm, especially in high hazard industries," said Principal...
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CSB probe into Philadelphia refinery disaster targets corroded pipe as cause

Frag1 A fragment weighing approximately 38,000 pounds landed on the opposite side of the Schuylkill River.
A ruptured pipe elbow has become the focus of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigation into the June 2019 explosion and fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Philadelphia, PA, an information update issues Wednesday states. “The rupture of the elbow appears to be the initiating event causing the process fluid release,” an advance copy states. That sudden loss of containment caused flammable process fluid containing hydrofluoric acid to release from the PES alkylation unit, forming a ground-hugging vapor cloud that ignited only minutes later. Measurement of the thinnest portion of the ruptured elbow post-incident revealed a thickness of only 0.012 inch, about half the thickness of a credit card and less than seven percent of PES’ own requirement for piping to be replaced, CSB said. CSB officials issued their initial findings during a news conference conducted in Philadelphia this morning (Oct. 16). Within two minute of the first rupture...
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Investigators schedule news conference on the PES refinery fire probe

PES Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery explosion and fire, June 2019.
Philadelphia, PA - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will conduct a news conference on Oct. 16 to update the public on the investigation into the June 21 explosion and fire at the PES refinery. "The CSB will release a factual update as well as a new animation of the June 2019 fire and explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in Philadelphia, PA," a media advisory issued by CSB states. The conference, which begins at 10 a.m. EDT, will be held at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott, One Arrivals Road, Terminal B in Meeting Room 5. Parking is available in Garage C, Level 2. CSB interim executive Dr. Krsiten Kulinowski and supervisory investigator Lauren Grim will conduct the conference. Firefighters brought the bulk of the refinery fire under control within 12 hours of the first explosion, However, due to large amounts of the toxic chemical hydrofluoric acid on site,...
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OSHA cites Missouri food flavoring manufacturer for workplace safety violations after fatality

Greenville, MO   – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Kerry Inc. for failing to provide fall protection to employees working in the company’s facility in Greenville, Missouri. The food flavoring company faces $223,525 in penalties for one willful and eight serious safety violations. An employee fatally fell while trying to extinguish a fire at the plant. After an April 2019 inspection, OSHA determined that the company failed to designate, train and educate a fire brigade properly on how to respond to such emergencies; evaluate hazards to determine the need for personal protective equipment; provide approved self-contained breathing apparatus; complete required safety data sheets; and repair damaged parts. OSHA has placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program. "This preventable tragedy should remind all employers of their obligation to evaluate their training programs and safety procedures continually, and to provide refresher training to ensure that...
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UK steel company fined after two engineers died in a 2015 explosion

Cardiff, Wales - Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Ltd have been fined after an explosion killed two workers and seriously injured another at the Celsa Steelworks site in Cardiff. A Health and Safety Executive investigation found the explosion would have come without warning to employees Peter O’Brien and Mark Sim, who died at the company’s Rod and Bar Mill. Darren Wood, another employee, also suffered serious injuries. Cardiff Crown Court heard that on 18 November 2015, electrical engineer Peter, 51, was working with mechanical engineer Mark, 41 in the basement of the site. They were working on an accumulator vessel when it exploded. A HSE investigation found that a flammable atmosphere developed within the accumulator as hydraulic lubrication oil was being drained from it. The flammable atmosphere was ignited by an electric heater within the accumulator. The investigation found that the company failed to assess the risks to which its employees were exposed...
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Ex-manager of Montana oil processing plant that exploded sentenced for Clean Air Act violation

Billings, MT - The former project manager of an oil processing plant that exploded in Wibaux in 2012, injuring three employees and extensively damaging the facility, was sentenced Thursday (Oct. 3) to two years of probation and fined $5,000, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said. Mark Hurst, 44, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, pleaded guilty on Feb. 27 to Clean Air Act-negligent endangerment. On Sept. 27, a jury in Billings convicted co-defendant Peter Margiotta, 62, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, of all three counts related to the plant explosion. The jury found Margiotta guilty of conspiracy, Clean Air Act-general duty and Clean Air Act-knowing endangerment. Margiotta was president and director of Custom Carbon Processing, Inc., a Wyoming company that constructed the Michels Disposal Well and Oil Processing facility in Wibaux in 2012. Hurst testified against Margiotta at trial.  “As project manager, the defendant was aware of the danger to the employees and the public...
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Bobit Business Media announces new brand iFIRE International and acquisition of Industrial Fire World

David David White
TORRANCE, CA, SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 – Bobit Business Media, a leading B2B media provider, announced today the launch of its new brand, iFIRE International. The “i” represents its mission to inform, instruct, influence, and inspire, which will be achieved through conferences and expositions, hands-on training, mobile apps, websites and digital magazines, newsletters, webinars, and after-action reporting, to name a few. To help launch iFIRE International, Bobit is pleased to announce the brand’s first acquisition, Industrial Fire World (Bryan, Texas), which has more than 20,000 readers in the industrial fire and emergency response industries. Founded in 1985 by David White, Industrial Fire World (IFW) is the leading resource for real-time safety updates and industry expertise while connecting industrial fire and emergency response managers with products and services used to support them in fire protection and emergency response incidents. “IFW connects with an established segment of the fire service that has long been...
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ITC faces $7.7 million suit alleging Texas plant fire caused delays

ITC2 ITC terminal fire in March 2019.
A buyer and seller of petroleum products wants Intercontinental Terminal Co. to compensate it for $7.7 million in loses the company says it suffered after a massive fire at ITC's Deer Park, TX, terminal in March 2019. For more information, CLICK HERE.
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Jury convicts former Custom Carbon Processing president of Clean Air Act violations stemming from explosion of Wibaux oil processing plant

Billings, MT – After a five day trial, a jury Friday (Sept. 27) convicted the former president and director of Custom Carbon Processing, Inc. of multiple violations of the federal Clean Air Act after a 2012 explosion at the company’s oil processing plant in Wibaux injured three employees and caused extensive damage to the plant, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said. The jury found Peter Margiotta, 62, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, guilty of all three counts in an indictment, including conspiracy, Clean Air Act—general duty and Clean Air Act-knowing endangerment. Margiotta faces a maximum 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine for an individual, a $1 million fine for an organization and three years of supervised release on the knowing endangerment crime. The jury trial began on Sept. 23. U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters did not immediately set a sentencing date and continued Margiotta’s release. “Cutting corners in the construction and...
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Texas flooding forces rescheduling of Dwight Williams fire symposium in Beaumont

Flooding related to one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history has forced the postponement of a one-day symposium featuring well known industrial firefighter Dwight Williams that was originally scheduled for Sept. 24. “Tank Fires, Lesson Learned and Some Forgotten …” combining classroom lectures at the MCM Eleganté Hotel with fire field exercises held at the Industrial Rescue Fire Training Field has been rescheduled for Oct. 24, said IRFT owner David Owens. “There is no water on the fire field so far,” Owens said. “Unfortunately the MCM Eleganté has flooded.” The National Weather Service said preliminary estimates suggested that Jefferson County was deluged with more than 40 inches (102 centimeters) of rain in a span of just 72 hours, which would make it the seventh-wettest tropical cyclone to hit the continental U.S. Owens said he has been overwhelmed with telephone calls concerned about potential flooding at the fire field. After...
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Chemical Safety Board probe into KMCO explosion, fire focuses on ruptured piping

strainer West side of the failed y-strainer involved in the April 2, 2019 explosion and fire.
A ruptured filtration filter is the focus of a U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigation into an explosion and fire at a Texas chemical plant in April that killed one person and injured 30 others, an update issued this week states. On April 2, 2019, the operational staff at the KMCO facility in Crosby, TX, was engaged in making a batch of sulfurized isobutylene. Sometime later an operator walking by the sulfurized isobutylene batch reactor heard a loud “pop” followed by a loud whooshing noise similar to “an air hose coming off.” Investigating further the operator described a white cloud of vapor hovering near the ground with three or four feet of wavy, hazy vapor above it. An immediate evacuation order was issued via the plant radio system. Approximately four minutes later the isobutylene vapor cloud exploded. After the blast, with a hole roughly three inches by 5.5 inches was found in...
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Philadelphia refinery workers honored for actions following June explosion, fire

PESrefinery A look at Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex in southwest Philadelphia. The refinery is the oldest and largest refinery on the East Coast. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Philadelphia, PA - Four employees of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia were honored Sunday for their efforts in the wake of the massive explosion and fire that rocked the facility back in June. TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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Fire fighting legend plans September symposium

Dwight Dwight Williams
A one-day symposium featuring well known industrial firefighter Dwight Williams addressing important techniques and strategies for dealing with large volume flammable liquid fires will be held Sept. 24, 2019 in Beaumont, TX. “Tank Fires, Lesson Learned and Some Forgotten …” will combine classroom lectures conducted at the MCM Eleganté Hotel with fire field exercises held at the Industrial Rescue Fire Training Field. “We have a whole generation of responders who have never seen a major fire,” Williams said. “This is an opportunity to talk about major fires, what to expect and how to prepare. ”Williams, the founder of Williams Fire & Hazard Control, came out of retirement in March to take a major role in the joint effort to extinguish the stubborn 64-hour blaze at Intercontinental Terminals Co. in Deer Park, TX. Flames spread through petrochemical products in and around 15 storage tanks, unleashing a plume of black smoke tracked by...
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Force Majeure Isn’t Always the Excuse That Suppliers Think It Is

Force majeure clauses are intended to protect parties to a legal contract from losses caused by disruptive events beyond their control. But supply-chain partners might be surprised to learn what such language doesn’t cover. TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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