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Top 10 Worst Industrial Accidents in History

Industrialization has an important role to play in the economic development of the under-developed economies with huge man power and large and varied resources. In this article, we are giving the list of top 10 Worst Industrial Accidents in History on the basis of higher fatalities.
Oct 30, 2018 14:20 IST
Top 10 Worst Industrial Accidents in History

Industrialization has an important role to play in the economic development of the under-developed economies with huge man power and large and varied resources. It is responsible for the production of goods or related services within an economy.

Top 10 Worst Industrial Accidents in History

Industrial accidents are caused by industrial companies, either by accident, negligence or incompetence. The list of top 10 Worst Industrial Accidents in History along with facts like when they occur, their location and what was fatalities are given below:

10. Explosion at a fireworks storage depot       

Date: 13 May, 2000

Location: Enschede, Netherlands

Fatalities: 23

9. Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker, spills 260,000 to 750,000 barrels of crude oil into the sea         

Date: 24 March, 1989

Location: Prince William Sounds, Alaska, USA

Fatalities: 100,000 to 250,000 seabirds

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8. ICMESA, a chemical manufacturing plant, releases dioxins (TCDD) 

Date: 10 July, 1976

Location: Seveso, Italy

Fatalities: 3,300 farm animals & 80,000 animals are later slaughtered

7. Coal dust explosion 

Date: 10 March, 1906

Location: Courrieres, France

Fatalities: 1,099

6. Explosions at a Liquid Petroleum Gas tank farm  

Date: 19 November, 1984

Location:  San Juanico, Mexico

Fatalities: 500

5. Fire near 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate on S.S. Grandcamp causes explosion        

Date: 16 April, 1947

Location: Port of Texas City, Texas, USA

Fatalities: 581

4. Explosion during an unauthorized test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant    

Date: 26 April, 1986

Location: Prypiat, Ukraine

Fatalities: 50 due to radiation & 3,940 due to radiation induced cancer and leukaemia

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3. A coal dust and gas explosion in a mine       

Date: 26 April, 1942

Location: Benxihu Colliery, Benxi Liaoning, China

Fatalities: 1,549

2. Bhopal Gas Tragedy (Union Carbide India Limited Pesticide Plant)

Date: 2-3 December, 1984

Location: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Fatalities: 3,787 deaths, 558,125 injuries with 38,478 temporary partial and roughly 3,900 permanently disabling injuries.

1. Rana Plaza, a building containing several factories, collapses 

Date: 24 April, 2013

Location: Savar, Bangladesh

Fatalities: more than 1,100

Top 10 Worst Industrial Accidents in History

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1. Rana Plaza, a building containing several factories, collapses

Date: 24 April, 2013

Location: Savar, Bangladesh

Fatalities: more than 1,100

2. Bhopal Gas Tragedy (Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant)

Date: 2-3 December, 1984

Location: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Fatalities: 3,787 deaths, 558,125 injuries with 38,478 temporary partial and roughly 3,900 permanently disabling injuries.

3. A coal dust and gas explosion in a mine

Date: 26 April, 1942

Location: Benxihu Colliery, Benxi Liaoning, China

Fatalities: 1,549

4. Explosion during an unauthorized test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

Date: 26 April, 1986

Location: Prypiat, Ukraine

Fatalities: 50 due to radiation,
3,940 due to radiation induced cancer and leukaemia

5. Fire near 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate on S.S. Grandcamp causes explosion

Date: 16 April, 1947

Location: Port of Texas City, Texas, USA

Fatalities: 581

6. Explosions at a Liquid Petroleum Gas tank farm

Date: 19 November, 1984

Location:  San Juanico, Mexico

Fatalities: 500

7. Coal dust explosion

Date: 10 March, 1906

Location: Courrieres, France

Fatalities: 1,099

8. ICMESA, a chemical manufacturing plant, releases dioxins (TCDD)

Date: 10 July, 1976

Location: Seveso, Italy

Fatalities: 3,300 farm animals
80,000 animals are later slaughtered

9. Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker, spills 260,000 to 750,000
barrels of crude oil into the sea

Date: 24 March,1989

Location: Prince William Sounds, Alaska, USA

Fatalities: 100,000 to 250,000 seabirds

10. Explosion at a fireworks storage depot

Date: 13 May,2000

Location: Enschede, Netherlands

Fatalities: 23

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