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Fires In Waste Composting Activities

Fires in waste composting activities

  • Study
The relative increase in disposal costs and regulatory requirements (an overall reduction in landfilling by 2025, and sorting at source of bio-waste) allow composting activities to continue to grow in France. This development is highly beneficial from an environmental standpoint, but it is accompanied by a significant increase in accidents in these activities. This document focuses on fires, the dominant hazardous phenomenon. The aim is to identify the vulnerabilities of these activities and propose measures to prevent and protect against accid [...]
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50270

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  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :

Vers 3 h, au sein d'une entreprise de recyclage de déchets, un feu de masse se déclare dans un stockage extérieur de 50 000 m³ de copeaux de bois (24 m de hauteur situé en limite de propriété de l'établissement. Un important dégagement de fumées est visible au-dessus de la zone urbaine et de l'A11. L'accès au site est difficile pour les pompiers et leurs engins en raison du volume du tas. Le vent propage les flammes. Un expert [...]

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Anticipating Emergency Response Difficulties

Anticipating emergency response difficulties

  • Fact sheet
The handling of an industrial accident is often rife with obstacles, e.g. water supply constraints, inappropriate response protocol in light of product properties, inefficient information provided by bystanders... 6.5% of all accidents recorded at France's classified sites have experienced major difficulties during emergency responses. This fact sheet offers a sampling of the errors to avoid and serves to better anticipate response difficulties, by drawing from an analysis of 395 events post-2010.
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Overview Of Accident Statistics On Waste Management Facilities

Overview of accident statistics on waste management facilities

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Waste management activities are not only a potential source of chronic risks (atmospheric pollution, olfactory or noise nuisances, etc.), they may also be responsible for the risk of accidents! This study, based on the analysis of 1100 accidents that occured over a 10-years period (2005-2014), draws an overview of accidental situations occuring in waste management activities.
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Transport of waste in tank trucks

  • Fact sheet
Collecting, consolidating or mixing and transportation of liquid waste is the cause of many accidents. By their nature, waste can indeed be "sensitive" materials with physico-chemical characteristics more or less identified, unlike those of raw material. The risks induced result from the emergence of dangerous chemical or biological reactions, sometimes untimely and violent, with sudden rise of temperature. Discover some cases of notable accidents in the fact sheet below.
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Fire Outbreak In A Wood Recycling Plant

Fire outbreak in a wood recycling plant

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE

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 [...]

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Release Of Toxic Gas From A Vacuum Truck At An Installation For Treating Hazardous Waste

Release of toxic gas from a vacuum truck at an installation for treating hazardous waste

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  • ALLEMAGNE

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 [...]

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  • Accident report
  • FRANCE

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 [...]

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