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Date: May 13, 2013 7:04:36 AM EDT
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Monday, May 13, 2013 7:04:18 AM

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Table of Contents (14 articles)

ONE DEAD, THREE HURT IN CHEMICAL FACTORY FIRE NEAR THANE
Tags: India, industrial, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

MAN BURNED IN CHEMICAL EXPLOSION
Tags: us_FL, public, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

3 FIREFIGHTERS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER EXPOSURE TO CHEMICAL VAPOR IN GARLAND
Tags: us_TX, industrial, release, injury, unknown_chemical

DOZENS HURT, THOUSANDS FLEE AFTER TRAIN CARRYING CHEMICALS DERAILS IN RUSSIA
Tags: Russia, transportation, explosion, injury, propane

MAN SUFFERS BURNS TO FACE WHEN BUCKET OF CHEMICALS EXPLODES AT PENTLAND, IN STATE'S NORTH
Tags: Australia, public, explosion, injury, chlorine

RIVER NENE CHEMICAL SPILL COMPANY FINED
Tags: United_Kingdom, public, follow-up, environmental, ag_chems, pesticides

CHEMICAL COMPANY OWNER PLEADS GUILTY IN WORKER'S DEATH
Tags: us_TX, industrial, follow-up, death, hydrogen_sulfide

TRAILER OVERTURNS, SPILLING CHEMICAL COMPOUND ON BUFFALO BRIDGE
Tags: us_SC, transportation, release, injury, diesel, toxics

UPDATE: LIFE TIME FITNESS REOPENS FOLLOWING CHEMICAL LEAK
Tags: us_MN, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

PLAINFIELD MAN INJURED IN CHEMICAL ACCIDENT AT AUSTIN POWDER CO.
Tags: us_CT, industrial, fire, injury, dust

HOSPITAL HAZMAT UNDER CONTROL
Tags: us_CO, public, release, injury, jet_fuel

STUDENTS RETURNING AFTER NJ HIGH SCHOOL EVACUATED FOR FUMES
Tags: us_NJ, education, release, response, unknown_chemical

EXPLOSION ROCKS ST. PETERS HOME, CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE, OFFICIALS SAY
Tags: us_MO, public, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

THREE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CHEMICAL SCARE
Tags: United_Kingdom, laboratory, release, injury, unknown_chemical


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ONE DEAD, THREE HURT IN CHEMICAL FACTORY FIRE NEAR THANE
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thane/One-dead-three-hurt-in-chemical-factory-fire-near-Thane/articleshow/20026777.cms
Tags: India, industrial, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

THANE: A labourer was killed and at least three others were injured in a fire following an explosion in a chemical factory in Dombivli town, near here in Maharashtra, early on Monday.

According to an official of Manpada police, the explosion, which followed a massive fire, took place in Chemistar Co. in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area of the town, just before 6am.

Clouds of dark smoke were seen billowing from the massive complex, and four fire engines battled to douse the blaze.

Later, four persons were rescued from the disaster site. One man, identified as Pramod Gharat, was declared dead.

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MAN BURNED IN CHEMICAL EXPLOSION
http://www.pnj.com/article/20130513/NEWS01/305130012/Man-burned-in-chemical-explosion?nclick_check=1
Tags: us_FL, public, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

A Pensacola man was burned in an explosion at his home near East Burgess Road on Sunday afternoon, Escambia County Emergency Medical Services said.

The 28-year-old man was spraying an unidentified chemical in his yard to kill ants when the chemical ignited for unknown reasons, Escambia Fire and Rescue said.

The man received serious burns in the explosion and was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the explosion.

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3 FIREFIGHTERS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER EXPOSURE TO CHEMICAL VAPOR IN GARLAND
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/3-dallas-firefighters-taken-to-hospital-after-exposure-to-chemical-vapor-207081431.html
Tags: us_TX, industrial, release, injury, unknown_chemical

GARLAND - Three firefighters were transported to a hospital after they were exposed to a chemical vapors that led to the evacuation of three nearby businesses Saturday night in the 1500 block of Wall Street in Garland.
The incident began when employees of the Mapei Corporation mistakenly put the wrong chemical into a vat containing another chemical, spurring a reaction and releasing a vapor that was carried by a strong wind outside the building, said Merril J. Balanciere, a spokesman with the Garland Fire Department.
Firefighters and Dallas hazmat were called to the business at about 9 p.m. The first responding firefighters were briefly exposed to the vapors and taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.
Surrounding roads and three businesses, including a McDonald's restaurant, Conoco station and Super Wok restaurant, were shut down as crews investigated the scene. About two dozen people were evacuated and nearby motels were asked to keep people inside, Balanciere said.

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DOZENS HURT, THOUSANDS FLEE AFTER TRAIN CARRYING CHEMICALS DERAILS IN RUSSIA
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/09/18146588-dozens-hurt-thousands-flee-after-train-carrying-chemicals-derails-in-russia?lite
Tags: Russia, transportation, explosion, injury, propane

At least 27 people were injured, thousands were evacuated and a rail car was thrown into an apartment building early Thursday when a freight train carrying fuel and chemicals derailed and caught fire in the Rostov region of Russia, according to reports.
A representative of the North Caucasian Railway told Interfax that a car carrying propane gas exploded during the derailment, causing flames to spread.

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MAN SUFFERS BURNS TO FACE WHEN BUCKET OF CHEMICALS EXPLODES AT PENTLAND, IN STATE'S NORTH
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/man-suffers-burns-to-face-when-bucket-of-chemicals-explodes-at-pentland-in-states-north/story-fn3dxity-1226640506114
Tags: Australia, public, explosion, injury, chlorine

A MAN suffered severe chemical burns to his face when a bucket filled with chlorine products exploded in the state's north this morning.

A Queensland Fire Services spokesperson said a 77-year-old man was mixing chlorine products in a bucket at the Pentland Caravan Park about 8.15am when it exploded.

The man suffered burns to his face and eyes and was taken to the Charters Towers Hospital, west of Townsville.

Several other people complained of headaches from the fumes and were treated at the scene.

Fire crews shut down several gas systems and evacuated the area following the explosion.

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RIVER NENE CHEMICAL SPILL COMPANY FINED
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-22477788
Tags: United_Kingdom, public, follow-up, environmental, ag_chems, pesticides

A firm has been fined 50,000 after pesticides leaked into a Cambridgeshire river, wiping out thousands of fish.

Safapac, of Orton Southgate, had previously admitted responsibility for the pollution in the River Nene.

It happened last June after vandals turned on the taps from storage tanks, but Peterborough Crown Court heard the incident could have been prevented if the chemicals had been stored securely.

About 5,000 litres of pesticides entered the waterway.

Prosecutor Mark Watson told the court: "Bulk containers containing the chemicals were stored in external bunkers near to the road.

"There was no bunding (dike or barrier) and no secondary containment in case of spills," he said.

"There was an open drain in the storage area and another just outside."

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CHEMICAL COMPANY OWNER PLEADS GUILTY IN WORKER'S DEATH
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Chemical-company-owner-pleads-guilty-in-worker-s-4504107.php
Tags: us_TX, industrial, follow-up, death, hydrogen_sulfide

They put their faith in their boss and in OSHA, but mostly in their boss, that workdays will be merely dangerous, not fatal.

But sometimes they still come home dead, the tank workers. Joey Sutter did. He was 36, married, with a son, when he died Dec. 18, 2008.

Within seven months there were two others, all working tanker trucks, all employed by Matthew Bowman, former president of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services, and also Chemical and Environmental Services of Houston.

On Thursday, Matthew Bowman stood at the lectern in a blue and dark wood courtroom in the Beaumont federal courthouse with his hands free, unlike the defendant who preceded him, and pleaded guilty to causing Sutter's death.

Moments before, the mood in the staid court was collegial. Defense counsel joked about ex-wives; the government man mentioned an acquaintance who's become a preacher.

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TRAILER OVERTURNS, SPILLING CHEMICAL COMPOUND ON BUFFALO BRIDGE
http://www.dailymail.com/policebrfs/201305100050
Tags: us_SC, transportation, release, injury, diesel, toxics

A tractor-trailer that overturned on U.S. 35 near the Buffalo Bridge in Putnam County was carrying about 4,000 gallons of gluteraldehyde, a toxic chemical compound used to sterilize and disinfect medical equipment.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carrie Bly says crews are in the process of bringing in a crane to turn the tractor-trailer upright. After they move the truck, HAZMAT crews will suit up and assess how many of the 80 50-gallon barrels are leaking, she said.

Diesel fuel has also leaked onto the road during the accident.

U.S. 35 is expected to be closed for the next six to eight hours for the cleanup, Bly said shortly before 2 p.m.

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UPDATE: LIFE TIME FITNESS REOPENS FOLLOWING CHEMICAL LEAK
http://stlouispark.patch.com/articles/lifetime-fitness-evacuated-because-chlorine-leak
Tags: us_MN, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

The St. Louis Park Life Time Fitness on Cedar Lake Road reopened Friday afternoon, following an unspecified chemical leak at the facility earlier in the day.

Crews responded to the fitness center at 8 a.m. Friday, May 10, on reports of a possible chemical leak, evacuating the building and treating three people on scene for possible exposure to the chemical. One additional person had been transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center prior to the evacuation for a possible allergic reaction, which has since been deemed related to the chemical release.

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PLAINFIELD MAN INJURED IN CHEMICAL ACCIDENT AT AUSTIN POWDER CO.
http://www.norwichbulletin.com/x1325898788/Firefighters-respond-to-Austin-Powder-Company-in-Moosup#axzz2T08AFfCs
Tags: us_CT, industrial, fire, injury, dust

Sterling, Conn.
A worker at the Austin Powder Co. explosive manufacturing plant was burned Friday after the chemicals he was mixing ignited, officials said.

Joshua W. Thayer, 33, of 44 Easy St., Plainfield, one of four employed by the Cleveland, Ohio-based industrial explosive and accessories manufacturer, was mixing chemicals inside a storage bunker at about 10 a.m. at the plant at 332 Ekonk Hill Road, when a "flash" ignition occurred, officials said.

Thayer was taken to The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich for treatment of non-life threatening chemical burns, Sterling Fire Marshal Jim Sweet said. He later was released.

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HOSPITAL HAZMAT UNDER CONTROL
http://www.koaa.com/news/hospital-hazmat-under-control/#_
Tags: us_CO, public, release, injury, jet_fuel

A Hazmat situation at Memorial Hospital is under control.

Memorial Central Hospital spokesperson says the cause of the hazmat is due to a jet fuel leak from the helicopter fuel storage tank.

It is believed that 200 gallons of jet fuel may have leaked out, but that estimation may actually go up. Fire will remain on the scene for most of the night cleaning up the jet fuel leak.

The incident shut down a portion of the hospital's parking garage but there were no disruptions of any hospital services

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STUDENTS RETURNING AFTER NJ HIGH SCHOOL EVACUATED FOR FUMES
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9096201
Tags: us_NJ, education, release, response, unknown_chemical

GALLOWAY TWP., N.J. - May 9, 2013 (WPVI) -- Students are being allowed back into Absegami High School after the building was evacuated Thursday for a strong chemical odor.

The odor was reported after 9:00 a.m. Thursday on the second floor of the facility on South Wrangleboro Road.

Intial reports indicated the odor was coming from a second floor storage closet that houses various chemicals and supplies.

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EXPLOSION ROCKS ST. PETERS HOME, CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE, OFFICIALS SAY
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/stcharles/explosion-rocks-st-peters-home-causing-significant-damage-officials-say/article_dfb708d5-9ea1-5368-87c4-d9c346e5fb44.html
Tags: us_MO, public, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

ST. PETERS A chemical explosion in the basement of a St. Peters home shortly after noon today caused major structural damage, fire officials said.

Two men were refinishing a concrete floor in the basement of a three-bedroom ranch at 63 Harvest Point Court, when the fumes ignited, said Scott Freitag, assistant chief of Cottleville Fire Protection District.

Freitag said the men were using a sprayer. They did not use proper ventilation, and the hot water heater was left on, he said.

Neither one of the workers were injured. He said one wall of the home was blown out about 18 inches, the garage door buckled, and the roof over the front porch lifted off its columns, then set back down.

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THREE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CHEMICAL SCARE
http://www.lurganmail.co.uk/news/local/three-taken-to-hospital-after-chemical-scare-1-5077211
Tags: United_Kingdom, laboratory, release, injury, unknown_chemical

THREE people were taken to hospital after potentially dangerous chemicals were issuing fumes in a chemistry lab at the Glanbia cheese factory in Magheralin.

Two fire appliances from Lurgan and two from Lisburn attended a special service call to the factory at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon.

As a precaution the building was evacuated.

Fire personnel wearing breathing apparatus and gas tight suits entered the room and ventilated the area. Using gas monitoring equipment they monitored the surrounding air.

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Ralph Stuart
secretary**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org
Secretary
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

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