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  • Q-Ball Flame Venting System

    January 23, 2018

    When protecting elevators and screeners, to minimize the risk of the effects of a combustible dust explosion, it is critical in some applications that you maximize your venting efficiency to reduce the surface space required and keep the weight of your protection equipment to a minimum. The design...

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  • Dust Hazard Assessment: Overview and Common Issues

    January 22, 2018

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased the focus on combustible dust hazards and issued the Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) in 2008 as a result of the number of catastrophic fires and explosions caused by combustible dust over the last two decades....

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  • Dust Collector Explosion Injures 4 at Vermont Plant

    December 11, 2017

    An outdoor dust collector exploded at the UTC Aerospace Systems plant in Vergennes, VT on Dec. 8, injuring four workers inside the facility, emergency response officials told local news organizations. A spokesperson for Charlotte, NC-based UTC Aerospace Systems told the Burlington Free Press that...

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  • Didion Rebuffs OSHA Citations After Fatal Dust Explosion

    December 11, 2017

    The operator of a dry corn mill in Cambria, WI cited by U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following an explosion that killed five and injured 12 in May filed an appeal to challenge the agency’s ruling and proposed fine of $1.8 million, a...

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  • PBS Issues Report on Combustible Dust Explosions in 2017

    December 8, 2017

    From OSHA’s halt of its combustible dust rulemaking process to the Didion Milling explosion in Cambria, WI on May 31 that killed five and injured 12, 2017 has been a relatively busy year for combustible-dust related news. Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) mined its archives, news media reports...

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  • Combustible Dust Explosions in 2017: Preliminary Report

    Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) mined its archives, news media reports, and publicly available documents to compile an informal, preliminary list of “confirmed” dust explosions in 2017 – incidents where fire officials conducted an investigation and determined dust was the cause of...

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  • Dust Explosion Properties: Use with Caution

    November 20, 2017

    Powder & Bulk Solids presents “Dust Explosion Properties: Use with Caution,” as part of its DryPro webinar series, Wednesday, December 6 at 2pm Eastern.   Dust explosions are a serious hazard in the process industries. Their effects can be mitigated by designing proper...

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  • OSHA Proposes $1.8 Million Fine after Fatal Explosion

    November 20, 2017

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $1,837,861 in fines against Didion Milling Inc. following a May 31, 2017, explosion that killed five workers and injured 12 others, including a 21-year-old employee who suffered a double leg...

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  • How to Protect Against Explosion Hazards in the Milling Area of a Co-Firing Power Plant

    October 25, 2017

    A new safety approach for protecting coal/wood grinding plants against the ravages of a combustible dust explosion has been developed, using “flameless venting” devices and leak-tight explosion venting panels. Roller mills are usually located inside buildings; conventional venting...

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  • Explosion-Proof Bag Dump Station with Glove Box, Compactor, Conveyor

    October 19, 2017

    This new Flexicon bag dump station with NEMA 7/9 explosion-proof electrical system contains dust emitted from manual dumping activities, compacts empty bags, and conveys the material to an elevated destination. Bags are staged on the bag tray and transferred through a plastic strip curtain into a...

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