A grease fire in a wheel hub of a vehicle at a St. Louis Area post office almost didn’t get extinguished in a timely manner, because the first two fire extinguishers that postal workers attempted to use were not charged.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a leading cause of death in underground mine fires. To identify safe emergency escape routes, investigators at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), where mine worker safety and health is a research priority, study how to predict the spread of smoke and toxic gases throughout the mine’s ventilation network.
A team of risk experts who have carried out the biggest-ever analysis of nuclear accidents warn that the next disaster on the scale of Chernobyl or Fukushima may happen much sooner than the public realizes.
Weekly science journal Nature.com has published an overview of issues surrounding relicensing the United States' aging nuclear facilities, and writes that former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Allison Macfarlane believes generators are investing as little as possible in upgrades and maintenance.