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Buffett-Owned Chemical Firm Lubrizol Faces Lawsuits After Fire in Rouen, France

More than 5,250 tonnes of chemicals, oil and fuel additives have burned in a massive fire at U.S. specialty chemical firm Lubrizol in Rouen, France, last week, the local prefecture said in a statement on Tuesday. Following days of protests …

Chemical Safety Board Again Targeted in Trump’s Proposed Budget

The Trump administration’s budget proposal will again call for eliminating the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, an independent federal agency that investigates major industrial accidents, according to a person familiar with the plan. The board, with an annual …

India Coal-Fired Power Plant Explosion Kills 32 After 7 Months of Operation

An explosion at a newly commissioned unit of a coal-fired power plant in northern India killed 32 people, while about 80 are still recovering from injuries in one of the nation’s worst industrial disasters in recent years. Flue gases and …

Trump Budget Would Eliminate Chemical Safety Board

When a Texas City refinery exploded in 2005, 15 people died. Months later, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board found that putting workers in temporary trailers near danger zones at the plant raised the death toll. Since then, temporary trailers have …

5 Principles for Navigating Complex Property/Casualty Claims

Property/casualty losses arising from construction defects, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires, industrial accidents, tornadoes or any number of other perils can strike at almost any time. When they do, the impacts to a business can be crippling, and managing the operational, …

Huge Explosions & Fire in Chinese Port of Tianjin Kill 44; Firemen Missing

Two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 44 people, including at least a dozen fire fighters, officials and state media said …

EU Considering Action; Pope Comments after Bangladesh Building Disaster

The European Union is considering trade action against Bangladesh, which has preferential access to EU markets for its garments, to pressure Dhaka to improve safety standards after a building collapse killed more than 400 factory workers. Pope Francis condemned the …

Western Retailers to Compensate Victims of Bangladesh Building Disaster

Two Western retailers have promised to compensate families of garment workers killed while making their clothes in a Bangladesh factory building that collapsed last week in the country’s worst industrial accident. The pledge from Britain’s Primark and Canada’s Loblaw came …

State Intelligence Report Highlights Threats to Texas

While organized crime is seen as the most significant public safety threat in Texas, drunk driving, natural disasters, terrorism, industrial accidents and cyber security also are among the major threats that keep lawmakers up at night. The Department of Public …