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CEMEX fined after man killed in explosion

A multinational cement firm has been fined £200,000 following the death of a worker in an explosion at its Rugby premises.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted CEMEX UK Operations Ltd, which makes cement and building products for the construction industry, after the death of 28-year-o…

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Three hurt in Manchester Food and Drink Festival blast

Three people have suffered serious burns after a gas cylinder exploded at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival.

The blast happened shortly before 21:00 BST on Monday during a cookery demonstration at a stall in Albert Square by Manchester Town Hall.

Read the report from BBC News...

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Explosion on Surrey industrial estate

Police and fire crews have been called to an industrial park in Surrey after reports of an explosion.


Police and fire crews have been called to an industrial park in Surrey after reports of an explosion.

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London construction company fined after worker suffers severe burns from electrical explosion

A worker sustained serious burns in an electrical explosion after a North London company failed to carry out basic Health and Safety checks.

On the 30th April 2010, the injured man was working on a construction site at Leonard Street, Islington, when the electrical blast occurred. City of London …

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London company fined after gas cylinder explosion kills worker

Oak Farm Gas Company Ltd, (trading as Mr Fizz) has been fined after an explosion killed a worker and severely injured a member of the public. The gas firm specialises in the supply of high-pressure carbon dioxide, nitrogen and gas mixtures for licensed trade drink dispensers.

The Health and Safety E…

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Shell guilty over Norfolk gas plant blast

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) reports that Shell has been prosecuted after it admitted responsibility for an explosion and fire that took place at the Bacton Gas Terminal in Norfolk in February 2008.

The charges, brought by the Environment Agency (EA) and the Health and S…

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Fatal explosion at munitions disposal plant

Albania's defence ministry says an explosion at a munition disposal plant has killed one worker and wounded three others.

The accident happened when a shell accidentally exploded at a military munitions disposal plant in Bigaz, 100 miles south of Tirana.

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Chemical firm sentenced after worker suffers toxic burns

A chemical company has been sentenced after a worker suffered toxic burns to his arms and chest at an Ellesmere Port factory.

The employee at Abacus Chemical Ltd was mixing two chemicals together on 7 May 2009 when they exploded, causing him to be drenched in a hot, toxic chemical solution.

Abacus C…

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Ethanol train derailed

The derailment of train cars filled with ethanol resulted in explosions and a serious fire - 20 homes have been evacuated as a result.

No injuries were reported, but the fire was deemed too hazardous to fight and has been left to burn out.

Read this Reuters news article for further detail.

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Fatal explosion at recycling plant

One man died in hospital last night following an explosion at a recycling plant in South Yorkshire. The blast left another man with serious injuries.

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Health and Safety News - 16 November 2010

Cement company fined after worker set on fire

An international cement company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker was set alight in an explosion.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Lafarge Cement UK Plc of Granite Way, S…

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Health and Safety News - 30 September 2010

£30k fines after Salford worker killed by digger bucket

Fines totalling £30,000 have been issued following the death of a Salford worker, who was struck by the excavator bucket on a digger. John Cain, 36, was working on a project to demolish the Albert Park Inn on Great Clowes Street in Salford…

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Health and Safety News - 21 June 2010

Two men hurt in Preston sewer explosion

Two men suffered burns when petrol from a car they were fixing entered a nearby sewer and exploded. Fumes travelled through pipes into nearby homes, damaging some bathrooms.

Worker killed by digger

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Health and Safety News - 8 June 2010

Massive explosion at Texas gas pipeline

A construction worker has died and several others have been injured after a punctured natural gas pipeline exploded in Texas.

Myth: Health and safety risks stop children playing 'pin the tail on the donkey'

The reality We recently read that the tr…

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Health and Safety News - 26 March 2010

Men to appeal blast deaths sentence

Alpha Fireworks owner Martin Winter, 52, and his 25-year-old son Nathan, jailed over the deaths of two firemen killed by a huge blast at a firework company are to appeal. A date for the appeal hearing has yet to be set.

Firm fined over injured joiner


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Health and Safety News - 25 March 2010

Fatal machine had caused injury before

The machine at Cemex which exploded and caused Peter Reynolds to fall to his death, had already injured another employee in the past. Nigel Crockford, who has worked at Cemex in Lawford Road, Rugby, for 14 years, received burns to his eyes during an explosi…

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Health and Safety News - 8 March 2010

Four hurt as cloud of toxic gas escapes from chemical plant

Four workers suffered burns and toxic inhalation injuries when two tonnes of titanium tetrachloride escaped from a chemical plant. Local residents were urged to keep windows and doors shut.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is inv…

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