Bill to Prevent Combustible Industrial Dust Explosions Re-Introduced in the House

Excellent Combustible Dust Seminar - Training Video WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the senior Democratic member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), the senior Democrat of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, reintroduced legislation today to prevent workplace explosions caused by combustible industrial … Continue reading Bill to Prevent Combustible Industrial Dust Explosions Re-Introduced in the House

Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard

Any combustible material (and some materials normally considered noncombustible) can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, it can become explosive. The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. Such incidents have killed scores … Continue reading Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard

OSHA NEP Conflicting With Fire Service Combustible Dust Fire Response

Wheel Alignment or New Tire? Earlier this year a combustible dust fire and explosion at a North Carolina fiber recovery facility resulting in four injuries has safety professionals scratching their heads and wondering why OSHA continues to ignore the multitude of manufacturing sub-sectors (NAICS) in the OSHA Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program ((NEP). For instance, … Continue reading OSHA NEP Conflicting With Fire Service Combustible Dust Fire Response

Firefighter Injuries Unacceptable Combating Combustible Dust Related Fires

By John Astad Recent firefighter injuries such as fighting a combustible dust related fire at plastics material and resin manufacturing are unacceptable. This brings back dark memories of the 1993 fire and catastrophic dust explosion at a wood fiber facility in Langerak, Netherlands resulting in 2 firefighter fatalities and 10 firefighter injuries. A question arises … Continue reading Firefighter Injuries Unacceptable Combating Combustible Dust Related Fires

OSHA Levies Penalties After Explosion at Austin, Texas Recycling Plant

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Electronic Recycling and Trading Co. with 14 serious violations after two workers were injured from a combustible dust explosion at the company's work site in Austin, Texas. Proposed penalties total $60,060. "Employers must ensure their workplaces are evaluated for hazards and take … Continue reading OSHA Levies Penalties After Explosion at Austin, Texas Recycling Plant

Free Webinar: Haven’t Heard of Combustible Dust?… You Will. June 28, 2012 @ 2PM ET

Free Live Webinar Thursday, June 28th 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT Duration: 60 Minutes Haven’t Heard of Combustible Dust? ....You will. An EHS Today Webinar Register now for this live webinar Combustible dust is a hazard that is garnering more attention than ever following some high profile workplace accidents. Have you wondered what combustible dust is or … Continue reading Free Webinar: Haven’t Heard of Combustible Dust?… You Will. June 28, 2012 @ 2PM ET

Imperial Sugar’s CEO Says OSHA Combustible Dust Standard Needed

  Calling combustible dust "a silent risk that needs to be addressed," Imperial Sugar CEO John C. Sheptor gave a keynote speech June 20 at the AIHce 2012 conference that explained how the company recovered from a devastating February 2008 explosion at its Port Wentworth, Ga. refinery and also called upon OSHA to enact a … Continue reading Imperial Sugar’s CEO Says OSHA Combustible Dust Standard Needed

OSHA Calls for $72,000 Fine at Wisconsin Dairy Products Company After Dust Explosion

Did you know that dust can explode? That is to say any organic material—wood, paper, rubber, fiber, food, tobacco, etc.—can create dust given the right conditions. Milk Specialties Company of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with three safety violations, including one willful violation for combustible … Continue reading OSHA Calls for $72,000 Fine at Wisconsin Dairy Products Company After Dust Explosion

No Combustible Dust Rules From OSHA Anytime Soon

Rules to help prevent dust explosions not on OSHA's agenda, despite pleas to fast track New safety rules will not be approved any time soon even though they could prevent accidents like the ones last year at a Tennessee metal powders plant, where fireballs fueled by iron dust contributed to five deaths. The Occupational Health … Continue reading No Combustible Dust Rules From OSHA Anytime Soon

Don’t Become a Wood Combustible Dust Statistic

By Rich Christianson The recent fatal explosion at a Chinese factory that makes Apple’s iPad2 thrust combustible dust onto the international stage of workplace safety concerns. Officials of FoxConn Technologies, which operates the facility, believe that an accumulation of aluminum dust in the polishing department ignited the blast. Three workers were killed and 15 others … Continue reading Don’t Become a Wood Combustible Dust Statistic

Imperial Sugar, OSHA settle explosion case

Imperial Sugar has agreed to pay more than $6 million in fines for safety violations at two of its U.S. plants, including the Georgia refinery where a dust explosion killed 14 workers in 2008, federal regulators said Wednesday. The settlement with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration comes nearly two years after regulators first … Continue reading Imperial Sugar, OSHA settle explosion case

Imperial Sugar Company Releases Statement: “Whistleblower” Changes Story in OSHA Deposition

SUGARLAND, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Almost a year after making numerous accusations about Imperial Sugar Company, former Vice President of Operations Graham H. Graham provided a very different account in sworn testimony given in depositions that occurred in April and July of 2009 in connection with citations issued by OSHA. This most recent testimony is notable in its … Continue reading Imperial Sugar Company Releases Statement: “Whistleblower” Changes Story in OSHA Deposition

NEW VIDEO!! “Inferno: Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar – CSB

On February 7, 2008, fourteen workers were fatally burned in a series of sugar dust explosions at the Imperial Sugar plant near Savannah, Georgia. This CSB safety video explains how the accident occurred.

Safety Board says 14 Imperial Sugar deaths ‘entirely preventable’

Imperial Sugar Co.'s lapses likely led to the deaths of 14 people last year at its Port Wentworth refinery, a federal watchdog panel has concluded. Released Thursday, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's long-awaited final report blamed Imperial for the Feb. 7, 2008, explosions and fire, which also injured dozens of others. The … Continue reading Safety Board says 14 Imperial Sugar deaths ‘entirely preventable’

Georgia Sugar Refinery Explosion: Final Report Released By CSB

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The US Chemical Safety Board has released its report on the February 7, 2008 explosion at Imperial Sugar that killed 14 people and injured dozens more. The report released Thursday by CSB investigators says the explosion resulted from an ongoing release of sugar dust and poorly maintained equipment, conveyers and other sugar … Continue reading Georgia Sugar Refinery Explosion: Final Report Released By CSB

Isakson, Chambliss call for OSHA regulations on combustible dust.

Sep 24, 2009 11:25 AM CDT WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to establish regulations regarding combustible dust after the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board announced its findings regarding the Feb. 7, 2008, explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery … Continue reading Isakson, Chambliss call for OSHA regulations on combustible dust.