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Blasts, Fire Shutter MS Gas Plant

Federal officials are investigating what led to two late-night explosions and the resulting fire at a natural gas processing facility in Pascagoula, MS.


Focus Turns to Coatings in PA Blast

Residents of the Westmoreland County, PA, town that suffered a natural gas pipeline explosion late last month attended a community meeting Wednesday night (May 11) hoping to find reassurance...


Corrosion Found in Failed PA Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Transportation agency devoted to pipeline safety has reportedly identified evidence of corrosion and a possible flaw in the weld coating of a natural gas pipeline that...


Mexican Chemical Plant Blast Claims 24

An explosion at a petrochemical plant on the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico has reportedly claimed the lives of 24 workers, injured more than 100 others, and released a cloud of toxins into t...


CSB: Refinery Blast Was Preventable

Several “process safety management deficiencies” led to a California refinery explosion that left four workers hurt and a city covered in ash, according to a recent report.


Lights Made To Be Explosion-Proof

Rapid Prep is offering an explosion-proof light that the company says is suitable for hazardous and wet locations.


Drop Light Made To Be Explosion Proof

Larson Electronics has introduced a new explosion-proof LED drop light that the company says is designed to provide cooler operation and higher performance than standard incandescent drop li...


Damaged Refinery Finds New Owner

A California refinery that was the site of an explosion that injured four people earlier this year has been sold, while the agency in charge of investigating the explosion has said that the ...


Refinery Explosion Nets $566K in Fines

The group that oversees workplace safety in California has issued 19 citations to ExxonMobil and fined it more than $500,000 for a refinery explosion earlier this year.


Fines for Fire That Killed 7 on Appeal

A refinery is attempting to reverse the largest safety violations fine ever assessed by the State of Washington following a 2010 explosion that killed seven workers.


$18.7B BP Settlement Sets U.S. Record

WASHINGTON--The largest environmental disaster in U.S. history will yield the nation's largest settlement with a single entity, BP Exploration and Production Inc. has announced.


New Shotkrete Boosts Blast Protection

BOCHUM, GERMANY—A new form of shotcrete packed with more steel fibers than ever is showing promise as a way to protect tunnels, bridges and other critical infrastructure from fires and terro...


Paint Truck Explodes on Highway

STAVROPOL, RUSSIA—A dramatic video showing the massive explosion of a paint truck on a Russian highway is grabbing attention, but providing few answers, worldwide.


Appeal Upholds Years of Chemical Fines

WASHINGTON, DC—Coating makers, chemical plants, refineries and other employers that use hazardous chemicals may be in for much larger, and longer-running, safety penalties than they realize,...


Cleaners Killed in Railcar Explosion

OMAHA, NE—Federal investigators are still combing an Omaha railyard for clues to a catastrophic railcar explosion that claimed the lives of two cleaners.


PG&E Fined $1.6B for 2010 Blast

SAN FRANCISCO—Pacific Gas and Electric Company will pay a record $1.6 billion fine for committing 2,425 violations related to the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, California regulat...


Production Pressure Blamed in 2 Deaths

Unwilling to slow production, U.S. Steel managers directed employees to work on a high-pressure valve while a furnace was still running—causing an explosion that killed two workers and criti...


Plant Blast Draws $110K Fine

A resin plant that has been the site of hazardous-waste sanctions and accidents that left three workers burned is facing its third federal case in four years.


Decoding Traits that Threaten Safety

LAS VEGAS—"Too much finger-pointing" after the fact and not enough attention upfront to red-flag behaviors are making today's jobsites far more dangerous than they should be, Greg Ford says.


PG&E Fined $530K for Safety Issues

Years of botched pipeline inspections and worker qualification problems have dropped a new $530,000 fine on embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California regulators announced.


New System Blamed in Ink Dust Blast

A squeal, sizzle, whoosh and loud thump—not an alarm from a brand-new dust collection system—heralded a blast and flash fire that burned seven employees, three severely, at a New Jersey ink ...


$120k Fine Set in Cellphone Tank Blast

A Texas oil company has been fined $120,000 in a storage-tank explosion sparked by a worker's cellphone, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced.


30 Years on, Lessons from a Catastrophe

Invoking the 1984 tank explosion that ignited the world's worst industrial disaster, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued an urgent new call for measures to improve chemical handling sa...


CSB Urges Overhaul of Steel Standards

Federal investigators are calling for drastically improved standards for steel in petroleum facilities, where equipment is vulnerable to potentially catastrophic hydrogen attack.


Fines Follow Fires at Coating Maker

Three separate, and apparently unreported, fires at an industrial coatings plant have triggered a strong response from federal health and safety officials.


2 Killed in U.S. Steel Explosion

Two workers have died and one was injured after a pipe exploded at a U.S. Steel plant in Fairfield, AL


Utility Fined $1.4B in CA Disaster

The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a $1.4 billion fine—its largest ever—against Pacific Gas & Electric for thousands of state and federal pipeline violations and a catas...


Fatal Crash Destroys 2 TN Bridges

Repairs are underway in Tennessee to remedy an interstate traffic nightmare after a gas truck exploded, killing the driver and destroying two bridges—one of which was brand new and almost co...


Welder Killed in Storage Tank Explosion

One worker is dead and three are injured after a storage tank exploded during welding work at a fish processing plant in Mississippi, authorities say.


PG&E Faces $1.1B Criminal Indictment

A federal grand jury has accused California's largest utility of "knowingly and willfully" violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing the federal investigation into a gas-line explosion ...


U.S. Auditors Fault Pipeline Oversight

The federal agency tasked with pipeline safety is doing an inadequate job and lacks effective management and oversight, concludes a new audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Offic...


Pipe Corrosion Blamed in UT Blast

Pipeline walls thinned by corrosion and uninspected for over 20 years caused a major explosion at a Utah refinery—a scenario that has become “all too familiar,” federal officials announced.


PG&E Faces 12 Felony Counts for Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric is being charged with 12 felonies in a criminal indictment for allegedly violating federal pipeline safety laws related to the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in San Br...


NTSB Investigating NYC Building Blast

Reports of a natural-gas leak have drawn federal pipeline investigators to the scene of an explosion that flattened two buildings and killed at least seven people this week in Manhattan.


Corrosion, Alarm Issues Cited in Blast

Deteriorated coatings, ineffective cathodic protection, and a 24-year gap in inspections led to the rupture of a severely corroded pipeline and subsequent massive fire in West Virginia, fede...


Manitoba Pipeline Blast Probed

Thousands of Manitobans were still awaiting the return of home heating Monday (Jan. 27), as authorities continued to investigate a pipeline explosion that rocked the southern part of the Can...


Fines in Fatal Blast Contested

A Louisiana chemical plant is challenging fines issued in an explosion that killed two workers and injured 80 last summer, authorities said.


Explosions at Chemical Plant Injure 2

Authorities are searching for answers after two workers were injured in two explosions and a subsequent fire at a phenol plant in a Chicago suburb.


OSHA Floats 4 Possible Rule Changes

From spray finishing to chemical safety, the federal government is seeking input on four potential rule changes that could affect the coating and blasting industry.


Corrosion Blamed in Fatal Plant Blast

Stress corrosion cracking and a lack of inspections likely caused the fatal explosion at an Illinois manufacturing plant in 2009, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has concluded.


Owners Held in Coating Plant Blast

Two owners of a powder-coating factory in Mumbai have been arrested after an explosion that killed one worker and injured two over the weekend.


Pipeline Errors Could Cost PG&E $6.75M

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is facing a proposed $6.75 million fine after a California judge ruled that the embattled utility delayed and attempted to mislead regulators when it revealed reco...


Senator Relays Deadly Explosion Fines

The company that owns a Texas fertilizer plant where 15 people were killed in an April explosion has been hit with $118,300 in proposed penalties and two dozen alleged safety violations, off...


Blast-Proof Light for Paint Booths

Larson Electronics has introduced a two-foot-long explosion-proof light fixture for paint booths and other hazardous locations with the potential for flammable vapors.


2 Burned in Tank Lining Blast

Two workers were seriously burned this week when an underground gasoline storage tank erupted in a flash fire as they were lining it, authorities say.


Paint Maker Fined $262K in Blasts, Fire

A Chicago-area paint factory rocked by explosions and a fire is now facing more than two dozen safety violations, including allegations of blocked exits and mismanagement of hazardous chemic...


Technology Detects Gas Leaks on a Roll

New car-mounted technology is offering one of the nation's largest utilities a fast, ultra-sensitive method of detecting gas leaks.


LED Gun Light Made for Blasting Work

Larson Electronics, a supplier of explosion-proof lighting equipment, has unveiled an LED blasting-gun light built for abusive operating conditions.


8 Hurt in Navy Boat Work Accident

An explosion during maintenance work at a Navy boat house sent eight people to the hospital on Tuesday (Aug. 20).


Contractor Error Cited in Deadly Blast

Federal inspectors are holding a utility contractor primarily responsible for a natural-gas explosion that leveled a Kansas City restaurant and killed one of its employees in February.


Halliburton Admits Destroying Evidence

Halliburton Energy Services Inc. will become the third corporation to plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 offshore workers and un...


Gas Leak Ignites, Collapses Rig

Natural gas from a drilling rig leaked for 14 hours before igniting and partially collapsing the structure off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday (July 23).


Fatal OH Plant Blast Draws $325K Fine

A deadly explosion at a Cincinnati sewage plant has drawn 22 federal health and safety violations and $325,710 in fines for the facility owner.


Second LA Plant Blast Claims One

Just miles apart, two chemical plant explosions within two days in Louisiana claimed the lives of three people and sent well over 70 others to the hospital.


Plant Explosion Kills 2, Cause Unknown

A chemical plant explosion killed two people and injured dozens more in Geismar, LA, on Thursday (June 13).


New DVDs Detail Chemical Accidents

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has released a free three-disc set of technical videos detailing some of the nation's worst chemical accidents.


2 Burned in Blast Operation Explosion

Two workers have been critically burned in explosions at an Oklahoma abrasive blasting and coating plant that may have been operating unlawfully, authorities say.


$2.25B Fine Urged in Pipeline Blast

The California utility responsible for a fatal pipeline explosion is likely in for an "astronomical" fine after investigators turned up dozens of preventable problems dating back decades.


Offshore Fires Spur New Demands on BP

For the second time in two years, regulators have ordered BP to address offshore maintenance lapses that have led to fires and risked catastrophes aboard oil and gas platforms.


7 Blasts on AL Barges Injure 3

A spark during cleaning operations apparently triggered seven explosions that blew up two fuel barges and sent three people to the hospital this week in Mobile, AL, the Coast Guard said Thur...


Study: Nuke Site Issues Pose Blast Risk

Leaking radioactive waste tanks, design flaws, and poor safety practices at a nuclear tank farm in Washington could lead to an explosion and other threats to public health and safety, a nucl...


2 Paint Plant Explosions Injure 3

Two explosions and a massive fire at a coatings plant near Chicago this week injured three people and sparked panic in the surrounding area.


BASF Blast Laid to WWII Bomb

BASF has confirmed that an explosive device, most likely a World War II-era bomb, caused the blast that left one person injured Tuesday at a plant construction site in Germany.


1 Injured in Explosion at BASF Site

An explosion at BASF’s plant construction site in Germany has injured one worker, the giant chemical manufacturer said on Tuesday (Feb. 26).


Pipeline Mishap Kills 1, Levels Restaurant

A contractor's drilling error is suspected in a natural-gas pipeline explosion and fire that demolished a popular Kansas City, MO, restaurant this week, killing one person and injuring at le...


Bill Urges Action on Combustible Dust

Five years after a combustible-dust explosion killed 14 workers in Georgia, legislators are again demanding that federal safety regulators set standards for such hazards.


Corrosion, Low Inhibitors Ruptured Pipe

Insufficient corrosion inhibitors and severe corrosion caused a pipe rupture that triggered a massive explosion and blaze last year at Chevron's refinery last year in Richmond, CA, investiga...


$500K Fine Set in Deadly PA Blast

Pennsylvania state regulators have hiked their fine to the maximum of $500,000 against a utility company whose aging pipeline caused a fatal explosion in Allentown, PA.


PG&E Trying 3D Laser for Pipe Safety

A high-tech laser scanner was recently implemented to enhance gas pipeline safety and detect corrosion at Pacific Gas & Electric.


WV Pipe Thinned By Heavy Corrosion

Heavy corrosion caused a pipeline wall to thin to one-fourth of its original thickness, leading to its rupture in December, a new federal report has found.


Feds Order Pipeline Review After Blast

A section of pipeline in West Virginia has been determined “hazardous to life, property, and the environment,” federal investigators stated in a corrective order in response to a December 20...


Fire, Explosions Test Bridge Columns

Researchers are using explosives and extreme fire to test a new style of bridge column that could possibly withstand events like earthquakes or a major blast.


Transocean Fined $1.4B in Gulf Blast

The world's largest offshore drilling contractor will pay $1.4 billion in fines and plead guilty to environmental crimes to resolve federal civil and criminal cases stemming from the 2010 De...


Customers to Foot Half of Pipeline Bill

Two years after a California pipeline explosion killed eight people and demolished a neighborhood, the utility's customers have been handed the bill: $299 million.


 
 
   

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