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  • The combustible dust fire and explosion Pentagon

    In February 1999, an explosion in a foundry in Massachusetts killed three and injured nine. Almost four years later in January 2003, an explosion in a North Carolina pharmaceutical plant killed six and injured 38. A month later, seven are killed in an explosion in a Kentucky acoustics insulation manufacturing plant and 37 more are injured; and in February 2008, an explosion at a Georgia sugar ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Possible Combustible Dust Explosion Kills Two at Sawmill

    Last week, a sawmill in Prince George, British Columbia exploded and caught on fire.  The explosion was heard blocks away from the disaster and some residents thought there had been an earthquake.   The explosion and fire killed two workers and injured over 20 others.  Some of the injured have been admitted to local hospitals suffering from burns and other related injuries. ...

  • Phoenix Industrial Dust Explosion Sends Workers to the Hospital

    Last month, two workers were rushed to a Phoenix hospital after suffering second and third degree burns following a combustible dust fire at their place of employment.  The explosion occurred while the employees were cleaning a loft area of the business that had accumulated significant wood dust.   Combustible dust explosions happen all too often in the work environment and they can ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Zinc Dusts Can Lead to Deadly Combustible Dust Explosions

    Earlier this year, a team of doctors and nurses from the United States traveled to Bolivia to take part in an emergency drill at a zinc mining facility.  The exercise involved a simulated explosion at the plant. Zinc is a metallic chemical element represent by the symbol Zn.  It is the 24th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust.  Zinc is used in many alloys, including ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Adipic Acid Dusts Can Lead to Deadly Combustible Dust Explosions

    Cinnaminson, NJ, August 1st, 2012 Approximately 2.5 billion kilograms of adipic acid are produced annually.  This organic compound is used in the production of nylon, polyurethane, adhesives and plasticizers. Adipic acid is a white crystalline powder. Some common other names for adipic acid include: Acifloctin; Acinetten; Adilatetten; Adipinic Acid; 1,4-Butanedicarboxylic Acid; ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Aluminum Dusts Can Lead to Deadly Combustible Dust Explosions

    Aluminum, known by its symbol Al, is the third most abundant element in the Earth’s crust.  Aluminum and its alloys are vital components in a number of modern products and structural elements used today.  It is known for its low density and ability to resist corrosion making it the most widely used non-ferrous metal. Millions of tons of the metal are produced each year for global ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Animal feed producer exposes workers to potential dust explosion and other hazards

    Combustible dust left uncontrolled or suspended in the air can explode, which was one of many safety hazards discovered after an inspection at the Thomas Moore Feed facility in Navasota, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health ...

  • Combustible dust believed to have caused explosion at Canadian nursery

    Industries that generate or handle combustible dusts should consider having materials tested according to EMSL Analytical, Inc. A recent explosion at a plant nursery in New Brunswick, Canada is believed to have been caused by peat moss dust. An explosion was heard by employees that resulted in a fire that burned down 3 buildings and caused close to US$1 million in damages. It took almost 100 ...


  • Allweiler Pumps approved for explosive atmospheres. New ATEX certificate for dust

    For many years progressing cavity pumps, peristaltic pumps, and macerators manufactured by Allweiler AG have fulfilled the requirements for use in potentially explosive gaseous atmospheres when used properly. But now – since end 2008 – they are also certified for use in dust-laden explosive atmospheres. The ATEX certificate confirms that Allweiler pumps now fully comply with EU directive 94/9/EC ...


    By ALLWEILER GmbH

  • OSHA Fines Plant Rocked By Dust Collection System Fire And Explosion

    OSHA fined the New England Wood Pellet, LLC a total of $147,000 over safety violations after a combustible dust fire and explosion rocked the company’s plant in Jaffrey, NH last week. The fines, which are some of the biggest yet this year, and the accompanying report on the incident that criticizes the company for failing to “effectively minimize and address clearly recognized hazards ...


    By Baghouse.com

  • Dust Explosion Leaves Two Workers Severely Injured in Phoenix

    Last week, two workers from a Phoenix design business were severely injured when a dust explosion occurred while they were cleaning wood dust from the loft area of the business. The injured workers were taken to a local hospital suffering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Wood dust is a common cause of combustible dust explosions in the work environment. They occur when wood dust, which ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Fatal Wood Dust Explosion the Focus of BC Safety Authority Report

    It was just over one year ago when a wood dust explosion took the lives of two mill workers and injured twenty others in Burns Lake, British Columbia.  The explosion and fire also destroyed the sawmill facility. In response, the B.C. Safety Authority (BCSA) released a recommendations report about the incident last month.  The report makes nine recommendations to improve the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Dual Sawmill Explosions Raise Safety Concerns over Combustible Dusts

    2012 has been a challenging year for the wood processing industry across North America.  There have already been two sawmill explosions and fires in Canada that have resulted in dozens of injuries and killed four workers.  The suspected culprit in both cases was combustible dust.    According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “In ...


    By IAQ Services Inc.

  • Wilmington, Delaware, manufacturer exposes workers to potentially explosive combustible dust, other safety and health hazards

    Employer's name: The investigation was conducted at Franklin Fibre-Lamitex Corp., doing business as Franklin Fibre. The precision parts manufacturer is located at 903 East 13th Street in Wilmington, Delaware. Date citations issued and what prompted inspection: On July 14, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued one ...

  • Explosion, Flash Fires, and Deaths Caused by Combustible Dust Were Preventable, Says Federal Panel

    Management at a Tennessee metal powders factory knew about the dangers of combustible dust before three accidents there killed five workers and injured three, concluded the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) last week.   Airborne iron powder ignited and caused flash fires in a Hoeganaes Corp. plant in Gallatin, TN in January and March 2011. In May, hydrogen leaking from a corroded pipe ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Safely Handle Combustible or Explosive Dusts with Air Pollution Control Solutions from United Air Specialists (UAS)

    Combustible dusts generated during manufacturing processes pose a substantial threat to worker and plant safety. Under certain conditions, these dusts can create an explosion causing damage, serious injury or even loss of life. OSHA reports that 281 combustible dust incidents have led to 119 deaths, 718 injuries and extensively damaged facilities. As a result, increasing awareness and improving ...

  • Explosion Protection Solutions Highlighted In New Brochure

    Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC) has published a new brochure on "Explosion Protection Solutions" for industrial dust and fume collection systems. Combustible dust explosions are a risk in many areas of a plant, and dust collectors are a primary area of concern. The new four-page brochure provides a pictorial guide to the different types of explosion protection technologies available today ...

  • ATEX UV disinfection for explosive atmospheres & hazardous areas

    From drilling decks and accommodation platforms, to upstream refineries, many oil, gas and petrochemical installations now require equipment to be installed in hazardous areas and ATEX classified zones.  Explosive atmospheres can be caused by any number of flammable gases, mists, vapours and combustible dusts.  When a sufficient quantity of hazardous material is mixed with air, all that ...


    By atg UV Technology

  • ATEX UV Disinfection for Explosive Atmospheres & Hazardous Areas

    From drilling decks and accommodation platforms, to upstream refineries, many oil, gas and petrochemical installations now require equipment to be installed in hazardous areas and ATEX classified zones. Explosive atmospheres can be caused by any number of flammable gases, mists, vapours and combustible dusts. When a sufficient quantity of hazardous material is mixed with air, all that is needed ...


    By atg UV Technology

  • Integrated LED Explosion Proof Light Fixture

    With over 40 years as a leader in the industrial and commercial lighting industry, Larson Electronics announces the release of a new Class 1 Division 1 integrated LED light fixture for areas where flammable chemical and petrochemical vapors exist or have the potential to exist. The ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

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