While the fight against illegal sites in the waste sector constitutes both an environmental challenge (non-compliance with discharge standards and accepted depollution methods) and an economic one (unfair competition, an obstacle to achieving European recycling objectives), it is also a…
In a wooden pallet recycling plant located on the former site of a company recovering electrical transformers, a fire of unknown origin broke out at around 4 am in a 2 000 m² wood storage area. The security guard of the site spotted the fire and called the emergency services, who responded using several water nozzles. A thick cloud of smoke was seen above the village. The inspection authorities for classified facilities observed that the wood stock was likely to have been soiled or treated with chemicals and that the volume of the wood stored [...]
During the vacuum transfer of liquid waste into steel tanks at a dangerous waste treatment centre, hydrogen sulphide (H2S) was released from the vent of a receiving tank. As they could not be treated on site, these wastes (received in drums and mixed in the tank) had to be transported to another site. The body of a forklift truck operator was found nearby, and 5 people intoxicated by H2S were hospitalised. Upon their arrival, the firemen did not detect a high concentration of H2S and left the scene. The police requested that the suction pipe be [...]
A detonation occurred during the preparation of munitions destruction furnaces by a specialised firm at a military installation.
These operations, performed by a team of 5 professionals, consisted of preparing holes and filling them with munitions intended for destruction. A technician at the bottom of the hole removed the ordnance from crates (opening each crate, emptying its contents). Two co-workers were assigned to hand the technician full crates and recovered the empties at the edge of the hole. These two employees then placed the empty cra [...]