Tag Archives: industrial

Confined space welding tragedy; How can we do better?

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(The Conversation) HMN-Are we as safety professionals becoming too relaxed during situations like this confined space welding instance? Dillon Wu died alone inside a metal tank. It is believed he was asphyxiated by argon gas, used in arc-welding steel. He is the youngest employee to die in a recent run of deaths in confined spaces. Aged just 20, he was ...

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Natural gas line causes industrial fire at Ohio refinery

Industrial fire

HMN-The Toledo refinery processes chemicals like Toluene.  Initially, crews believed the fire began in an on-site railcar.   (ABC) OREGON, Ohio (WTVG) – Fire in a line of the chemical Toluene at the Toledo Refinery in Oregon forced crews to evacuate nearby homes Sunday night. According to Oregon police and fire dispatch crews initially believed they were responding to a ...

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Monday Update: Delaware City Refinery Fire

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Asphalt residue leads to tank fire during hot work

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HMN-Monroe, Louisiana responders suppressed flames on a storage tank after a cutting torch incident lead to an asphalt residue fire. (KNOE) MONROE, La. (KNOE) – A storage tank caught fire in Monroe Friday afternoon, sending a billowing pillar of smoke into the air. It happened behind the DOTD building on Desiard Street around one o’clock. Monroe fire officials say someone ...

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Officials investigate industrial fire at Louisiana facility

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(WAFB) BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Officials with the Westlake Chemical plant in Plaquemine confirmed an early morning fire at the facility. A spokesman with the plant said the fire started in the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) unit around 4:15 a.m. He said the unit was shut down and the fire was isolated to that unit. He added the fire ...

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Refinery explosion in New Brunswick

Refinery fire

    (CBC) Irving Oil says a “major incident” has occurred at its Saint John refinery, after reports of an explosion and fire on Monday morning. Saint John police said they are responding to an incident that broke out around 10 a.m. AT. at the refinery, and are asking residents to avoid the area altogether. Nearby streets have also been closed, but ...

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UK crews battle refinery fire

Refinery fire

HMN-UK fire crews battled a fire at an area oil refinery.  (BBC) Six fire engines were called to the Stanlow plant in Ellesmere Port at 14:16 BST to tackle a blaze inside a chemical manufacturing unit. Smoke and flames were visible from as far as eight miles (13km) away, according to eye witnesses. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) said ...

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DEQ & Hazmat respond to chemical fire at Danville plant

Chemical fire

HMN-One man was decontaminated after a chemical reaction boiled over during mixing.  (WSLS) A man had to strip his clothes to be decontaminated after a chemical fire at Cahill Manufacturing Co. in Danville. Firefighters responded to the plant around 2:20 p.m. Thursday. By the time they arrived, the fire was out but it was still producing smoke. People inside the ...

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2 injured after refinery tank battery fire in New Mexico

Industrial fire

Check back for updates as we learn about them UPDATE – Current Argus reports that one of the two injured has died. Site management reports that the fire is now under control, however not yet extinguished. HMN-Details are limited however KCBD reports that two people have been injured after a refinery tank battery fire in southern New Mexico Wednesday afternoon. ...

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Billings firefighters extinguish methane fire

Methane

HMN-Billings Montana firefighters extinguished a Methane fire that erupted at a wastewater treatment facility. The initial plan was to send a team in to isolate valves feeding the tank, however the original plan did not work. The team had to isolate farther down the line than planned. (Billings gazette) A methane tank that caught fire at the Billings wastewater treatment ...

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