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Malicious Acts: Raising Awareness To Improve Prevention

Malicious acts: Raising awareness to improve prevention

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Due to the goods and products they handle or the nuisances they create, industrial sites have long been the preferred targets for those with malicious intent: 4% of accidents occurring in classified facilities involve malicious intent. In light of this safety threat and given the often significant economic consequences from such aggressions, site operators must exhibit greater vigilance and draw lessons from past events. Malicious intent no longer lies in the realm of imponderable!
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Fireworks Shows: Vigilance Required Before, During And After!

Fireworks shows: Vigilance required before, during and after!

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Every year, accidents occur during the July 14 and August 15 French holiday festivities. In 2015 unfortunately, reports came in of 11 injured in Monteux, 15 injured in Canet and 5 more in Castelsarrasin during fireworks shows that went awry. Yet these risks are not confined to the actual launch itself! Incidents also arise during the storage period preceding the show, often owing to the fact that regulatory requirements and safety rules have not been respected. To guarantee the public's safety, rules of caution must be applied by all parties in [...]
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Lightning: Industrial Accidentology

Lightning: industrial accidentology

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Lightning, often associated with the powers of gods in mythology, can have serious impacts on industrial facilities and entail human, social, environmental and economic consequences. The ARIA database records about 100 lightning accidents that took place in France between October 1967 and July 2007 that impacted classified installations and piping networks.
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Explosion of a Vacuum Arc Remelting furnace

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In a metallurgical plant, 2 explosions occurred at 9:30 p.m. followed by a fire in a melting furnace containing 5 t of titanium. The technician on duty was alerted by deviations in control parameters: fusion was stopped by the safety barriers 20 minutes before the explosion and the water level of a tank was lowered. The plant's internal contingency plan was initiated, and the workshop was evacuated. A safety perimeter was established around the building, traffic was interrupted on the D1212 for 2.5 hours, and the gas supply was shut off. The [...]

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