Chemical awareness

Gas kills two workers, while working in a confined space

HMN- According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Release of toxic gas at FirstEnergy’s Bruce Mansfield Power Plant claimed the lives of two workers and injured four others who were repairing a pipe in a confined, underground area at the Beaver County facility, officials said. The accident happened at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to FirstEnergy spokeswoman Stephanie Walton. State police at Beaver have ...

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Freon leak at funeral home sends two to the hospital

  HMN-A freon leak in a Fort Worth, Texas area funeral home sends two to the hospital.  The leak is believed to have started in one of the funeral homes large refrigeration units.  The Fort Worth HAZMAT team responded and confirmed high levels of the chemical leaking.  The Star-Telegram has the latest. FORT WORTH The fire department responded to a ...

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Municipal H2S incident leaves two brothers dead

  HMN-Earlier this week we discussed industrial H2S response, however this threat is present in the municipal world as well.  One common source of H2S, is sewer systems.  Independent.ie brings us details from June 2015, where two brothers were killed after an H2S exposure in a confined space. TWO brothers overcome by fumes while working in an underground sewer died of ...

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Body found in SUV with note warning of poison

HMN-Monday responders were faced with a cyanide salts incident according to the fayobserver.com ABERDEEN – A hazardous materials team responded to a grocery store parking lot Monday in Aberdeen after a woman’s body was found inside a vehicle allegedly containing cyanide salts, authorities said. The incident started about 11:45 PM when emergency responders were called to the parking lot of the ...

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“Home recipe” pesticide mix sends Hamilton woman to hospital

HMN- You never know what the next call will bring. This home brew was definitely a bad day. A woman was taken to hospital Tuesday afternoon after inhaling toxic fumes from mixing three household cleaning products as a form of pest control in her home. Hamilton firefighters responded to a medical call on Oriole Crescent in the east end and ...

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22 students injured after chemical spill in school

HMN- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was the scene of more than 22 students being injured with careless handling of chemical compounds in a school setting. KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-two students of Sekolah Menengah Islam IQ in Kuala Lumpur suffered skin allergies when one of its chemical jars broke and leaked in the school laboratory today. In the 4pm incident, a jar containing Sulphuric ...

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Chemistry Lab Found Hazmat Team Called In

hazmat news

HMN-  Is it the science or is it more simple than that; maybe we just drive big trucks and that makes this job so interesting ?  But, every day in hazmat it’s something different! Today the excitement comes from West Hartford, Connecticut.   (AP) – Authorities say hazmat crews were called to a Connecticut home to remove potentially hazardous materials ...

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One person taken to hospital after Genentech HAZMAT spill

HMN- According to KRON 4 News  the spill injured workers and the fire department nor company are releasing further details. SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — One person has been taken to the hospital after a small hazardous materials spill at pharmaceutical company Genentech in South San Francisco Wednesday morning, according to Genentech. Paramedics arrived on scene at 11:15 a.m. to help emergency ...

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What’s New with the 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook

HMN-From our friends at Fire Engineering an article titled “What’s New with the 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook” written by Stephen L. Hermann, the updates in the 2016 ERG are general to the ERG2012, expanded sections and hundreds of technical changes, but no major revisions. How to use this Guidebook” instructions on Page 1 are now in a flowchart (“decision tree” or ...

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Pool Chemical Spill, Chain Reaction Crash Close NY Parkway

HMN- According to News4 New York: Cars swerved to avoid a disabled vehicle on a parkway in Westchester, causing a chain reaction crash that ended in a hazardous materials cleanup, police say. Four vehicles crashed as they tried to avoid the disabled vehicle on Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh. One of the vehicles was carrying pool cleaning supplies, which spilled ...

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