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  • History of Dust Explosions

    May 22, 2015

    By Kevin Jeffries, Lewellyn Technology On February 7, 2008, the eyes of the world were opened to the hazards of combustible dust when the Imperial Sugar refinery, located in Port Wentworth, GA exploded. The blast killed 14 people and injured 36 others. In the five years preceding the Imperial...

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  • Dust Explosion Research Fuels Academic Pursuit

    May 20, 2015

    By Joe Florkowski Dust explosions have interested Chad Mashuga since he was a child – he remembers growing up in Duluth, MN and seeing television reports about grain elevator explosions. As an 8-year-old, Mashuga wondered, “How can grain possibly cause an explosion?” Years later...

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  • Flap Valves: Standards, Applications, and Limitations

    May 20, 2015

    Flap valves are relatively new in the North American market and gaining wide acceptance. Although flap valves have been available in Europe for several years, it is only recently that they have been included in NFPA 69 Standard on Explosion Prevention Systems, 2014 Edition. Flap valves are...

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  • Chemical Safety Board to Hold Public Meetings

    May 15, 2015

    The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced that it will host two public meetings in June 2015 in order to increase dialogue with CSB stakeholders.   The first meeting will bring together stakeholders from industry, labor, trade, professional associations, and environmental organizations...

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  • Mole-Master Receives Safety Honors

    May 13, 2015

    Mole-Master Services Corp. has again been recognized by the Mid-Ohio Safety Council for the silo and bin cleaning company's outstanding worker safety record.   Co-sponsored by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, the honor spotlights...

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  • Managing Grain Bin Safety in Multiple Locations

    May 8, 2015

    By Joe Florkowski Preventing accidents in grain bins and silos may be challenging but an Ohio-based milling company shared how it evaluates storage space and promotes safety across multiple locations and hundreds of facilities during the 119th annual International Association of Operative Millers...

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  • Dust Hazard Assessment Strategies

    May 8, 2015

    By Joe Florkowski The hows and whys of combustible dust explosions and how to prevent them were part of the focus of the second and final day of the 119th annual International Association of Operative Millers conference at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, Thursday, May 7. Dr....

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  • Smoother Tank Truck and Railcar Loading

    May 7, 2015

    These heavy-duty tracking gangways provide smoother operations for tank truck and railcar loading applications. The loading racks are part of the “Green Access & Fall Protection” line, are designed with ease of installation in mind, and are engineered in compliance with OSHA...

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  • Combustible Dust, Sanitary Design Hot Topics

    May 6, 2015

    By Joe Florkowski Sanitary design and combustible dust were among the topics discussed on the first day of the 119th annual International Association of Operative Millers conference at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs Wednesday. When designing a sanitary facility, location,...

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  • Grain Entrapments, Confined Space Incidents Rise in 2014

    May 5, 2015

    By Joe Florkowski, managing editor, Powder & Bulk Solids There were at least 70 confined space-related injuries and fatalities in the U.S. in 2014, up slightly from 2013, according to a new report issued by Purdue University. Of the 70 confined-space cases documented in 2014, more than half...

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