The Conti ransomware operation has claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on wind turbine giant Nordex, which was forced to shut down IT systems and remote access to the managed turbines earlier this month. Nordex is one of the largest developers and manufacturers of wind turbines globally, with more than 8,500 employees worldwide.
A major incident was reported in Hull, north-west England, on 24 November after a fire broke out in a factory containing around 300 tonnes of plastic.No one was injured during the incident; however, a response from several agencies was needed to address the fire, including 14 fire trucks and 70 firefighters.
An explosion killed 51 people and injured 49 at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in Russia's Kemerovo region on November 25. There were 285 miners in the mine when the incident occurred and 46 of them were killed by the explosion. Five rescuers also died of asphyxiation after entering the mine to retrieve bodies and help trapped miners.
One person died and three were taken to hospital after a carbon dioxide leak at the Ascó nuclear power plant in Catalonia, Spain, on Nov. 24. Emergency services said the incident was not related to radiological activity, but was likely caused by a failure of the plant and fire prevention system.
The first interim report on the investigation into the July 27 explosion at a chemical waste incineration plant in Leverkusen, Germany says that a chemical reaction was likely to have been the cause. The Cologne District Government made the announcement at a meeting of the City Council of Leverkusen on August 30, citing the first interim report on the investigation into the causes behind the incident.
The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a safety video into the October 26, 2019, hydrogen sulfide release at the Aghorn Operating waterflood station in Odessa, Texas. The release fatally injured an Aghorn employee who was working at the facility that evening, as well as his spouse who attempted to locate him at the facility after he did not return home.
The Superior Refining Company has reached a settlement of around $1 million in relation to the 2018 explosion at its oil refinery in Superior, northwestern Wisconsin which injured 36 people and caused a mass evacuation of 21,000 people. The settlement reached on June 24 could mean those who were evacuated are eligible to receive $150 in compensation each.
A fire at a chemical plant in southern Russia killed seven people on July 29. The seven people were initially taken to hospital but later died of their injuries. The incident happened at the Kamenski chemical factory in the Rostov region of Russia.
A chemical leak at a plant in La Porte, Texas left two people dead and another 30 injured on July 27. Around 45,000kg of acetic acid was released during the incident, which happened at a plant belonging to plastics and chemicals company LyondellBasell.
The incident comes just days after a leak at a Dow Chemical plant in La Porte and another LyondellBasell leak in Galena Park.