Facility Safety

Latest chem plant explosions renew calls for tighter regulations

One facility had history of violations, leaks

A series of recent chemical plant explosions – including two fatal ones in La. last week – has safety advocates once again calling for stronger federal legislation for chemical plant safety and security. A total of three workers were killed and approximately 80 others injured in the two La. incidents.


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How safety pros can prepare for disasters

Resources help you get ready for hurricanes, tornadoes -- and terrorism

Keeping workers safe involves more than dealing with work-related hazards. The natural disasters that wreak havoc on homes – as we see so often in media reports – also affect businesses, and the people in them. Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a wealth of resources to help EHS practitioners cope with disasters.


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No OSHA inspections for 20 years at La. chemical plant that exploded

Thousands of Americans at risk

An online information source is reporting that the Williams Olefins chemical plant that exploded Thursday in southern Louisiana has not been inspected by OSHA in at least two decades.


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Walmart accepted clothing from banned Bangladesh factories

Since the Rana Plaza building collapse killed more than 1,100 people in April, retailers have faced mounting pressure to improve safety at Bangladesh garment factories and to sever ties with manufacturers that don't measure up.


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Two La. chem plant blasts in two days kill three workers

Investigations into causes underway

Both OSHA and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) are investigating Thursday’s explosion at the Williams Olefins plant in south Louisiana -- which was followed a day later by another fatal chemical plant blast only a few miles away.


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US to fund projects to improve factory safety in Bangladesh

Part of a “broader strategy” to address hazards

The U.S. government is soliciting ideas for improving safety standards in garment factories in Bangladesh. The Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs yesterday announced a $2.5 million competitive grant solicitation to fund improvements in the enforcement and monitoring of fire and building safety standards to better protect garment workers in Bangladesh.


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Benko Products Protect-O-Gate “Clear-Aisle” mezzanine safety gate fits into tight spaces while maintaining maximum safety

Benko Products, Inc., a leading innovator in material handling and safety products, is proud to announce that its Protect-O-Gate “Clear-Aisle” Mezzanine Safety Gate features a revolutionary design that requires only 10 inches of floor space when closed at the mezzanine ledge.


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Blast and fire at La. chem. plant kills one, injures scores of people

Ethylene and propylene produced at facility

One person was killed and more than seventy injured in an explosion and fire this morning at a Louisiana chemical plant, according to news sources. The blast took place at the Williams Chemical Plant in Ascension Parish.


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Philly toughens up demolition regs to improve public safety

Potential unsafe practices reported to city weeks before fatal collapse

In the wake of a building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 others, Philadelphia has moved swiftly to tighten regulations on contractors who work on demolitions.


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Safety inspector who surveyed collapsed Philly building commits suicide

Six died in tragedy

The safety inspector who surveyed a Philadelphia building before it collapsed last week has committed suicide, according to news sources. The collapse killed three workers and three patrons. Thirteen others were buried in rubble and were rescued.


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