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ND Pipeline Cracks, Spills Oil

There was a spill of over 380,000 gallons of crude oil in Walsh County in northeastern North Dakota resulting from a leak from the Keystone Pipeline last Wednesday, said North Dakota officials and crews from pipeline operator, TC Energy. The North Dako …

Cracked Pipe Leads to Acid Spill

There was a hazardous materials release Friday from a railcar at Kemira Water Solutions in Spokane, WA, officials said. Just before 3 p.m., fire officials got the call that an unknown red fluid was leaking from a railcar on the Union Pacific spur line, …

Contractor Killed at CT Energy Plant

A Louisiana man who was part of a contracting crew at the Plainfield Renewable Energy plant was killed early Sunday morning in an industrial accident in Plainfield, CT, officials said. Police, firefighters and ambulance workers got the call at 4:09 a.m …

2 Workers Injured in Platform Fire

Two workers were injured and airlifted from EnQuest’s Heather Alpha platform following a fire Oct 14. The fire ended up quickly extinguished and the platform, about 145 kilometers northeast of Shetland, UK, remained safe, an Enquest spokesman said. He …

Quake ‘Upsets’ CA Refinery Operations

After a small earthquake on Oct. 14 struck California, it “upset” operations at two oil refineries in Martinez, officials said. Marathon Petroleum Corp. said it was working to return its 161,500-barrel-per-day refinery to normal operations following a …

Apple Security Fixes for Catalina, iOS 13

Apple released security updates for macOS Catalina 10.15 and iOS 13. The fix for macOS Catalina 10.15.1, takes care of 33 vulnerabilities, including holes an attacker could leverage by cajoling the targeted user to process a specially crafted file. The …

Chrome, Firefox get Security Updates

Two web browsers, Chrome and Firefox, released security fixes in the past week. Google promoted Chrome 78 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux with the roll out ongoing. While Firefox released Firefox 70, introducing new security indicators …

10 Injured in CA Ammonia Leak

An ammonia leak at an Oxnard, CA, onion facility left 10 workers injured Monday, officials said. Fire officials got the call at 5 p.m. at 1051 Pacific Ave., at the Gills Onions facility, said officials at the Ventura County Fire dispatch information. T …

Worker Stuck in Conveyor Belt Injured

A worker ended up hospitalized Friday after a workplace incident at a packaging facility in west suburban Geneva, IL. Fire officials got the call at 6:30 a.m. at Power Packaging, 2089 Pillsbury Drive in Geneva for reports of an employee trapped in a ma …

Scissor Lift Incident Kills 1, Injures 2

An incident on a scissor lift earlier this month at a Frito-Lay North America facility in Irving, Texas, left a worker dead and two others badly injured. The nature of what was being done is unclear. The employer is Walker Industrial, a specialty contr …

Worker Dies in IN Food Plant Incident

A Morgan County, Indiana, food manufacturing plant worker died last week after an industrial incident at the facility, the Mooresville Police Department said. The Mooresville police and fire departments responded to a call at 6:44 a.m. Oct. 22 to PacMo …

Android Adware Affects Millions

A large adware campaign ended up detected that was running for about a year, with the involved apps installed eight million times from Google Play alone, researchers said. Forty-two apps were found on Google Play as belonging to the campaign, which had …

Georgia Country Hit by Cyber Attacks

At least 2,000 websites in the country of Georgia, including those of the president, courts, and media were hacked in a massive cyber attack Monday, officials said. The attack displayed a photo of Georgia’s exiled former president Mikheil Saakashvili w …

Johannesburg Hit by Ransomware Attack

South African city of Johannesburg was hit by a ransomware attack last week and certain websites and services are off line. The city of Johannesburg said in a post Friday its systems had been illegally accessed by hackers, which led to its official web …

AB Specialty Silicones Fined after 4 Fatalities

AB Specialty Silicones LLC is facing $1,591,176 in fines for 12 willful safety violations after four employees died in an explosion and fire at the company’s Waukegan, Illinois, plant May 3, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administ …

Broken Valve Leads to WY HazMat Incident

A broken valve led to a chlorine gas leak at the Karns Meadow,WY, well house Tuesday morning. Upon arrival, first responders recognized the hazard of the leak and requested assistance from the Region 8 Emergency Response Team, said Jackson Hole Fire/EM …

NJ Fencing Maker Faces Willful Safety Fines

Aruvil International Inc. is facing $370,298 in fines for multiple workplace violations, including four willful safety citations, at the company’s Pennsauken, New Jersey, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OS …

18 Hurt after Hazardous Chemical Incident

Eighteen workers are recovering after suffering exposure to a hazardous chemical at a Fort Worth, TX, frozen food manufacturing facility Saturday. The incident occurred just after noon at a refrigerated warehouse on the east side of downtown. The worke …

Fukushima Debris Swept Away in Typhoon

Bulk bags filled with greenery collected during decontamination efforts after the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Japan were swept into a river in the during Typhoon No. 19 Oct. 12. The bags were among 2,667 stored tempor …

AL Auto Parts Maker Faces Safety Fines

Auto parts manufacturer, Strahle + Hess USA Inc., is facing $140,554 in fines for exposing employees to amputation hazards at the company’s Auburn, Alabama, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). An invest …

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