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  • Worker Dies in Coke Plant Accident

    January 7, 2016

    A worker at the Tonawanda Coke facility in Tonawanda, NY died Wednesday morning during routine maintenance on an industrial coal elevator. The longtime employee was a 60-year-old male. The accident occurred at about 8am, and paramedics arrived about 30 minutes later. OSHA, which investigated and...

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  • Chemical Safety Board to Hear Process Safety Management Reform

    January 5, 2016

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will will hear an update on the new process safety management reforms in California from a panel of experts in a public meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, in Torrance, CA. “We are continuing to monitor developments in California and look forward...

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  • Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles

    January 4, 2016

    Written by an engineer for engineers, this book is both a training manual and on-going reference, bringing together the different facets of the complex processes that must be in place to minimize the risk to people, plant, and the environment from fires, explosions, vapour releases, and oil spills...

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  • Worker Burned in Chicken Plant Explosion

    January 4, 2016

    A worker at a chicken plant in Accomac, VA was treated for second degree burns after a boiler exploded at the facility on Christmas Eve. The explosion occurred at the Purdue and Valley Proteins facility at about 3:30 am. Officials said the blast caused a partial collapse of the building....

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  • NFPA Seeks Public Input on 2019 Combustible Dust Standard

    December 29, 2015

    The National Fire Protection Association has opened for public input the Annual 2018 revision cycle of NFPA 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust. The period for public comments will close on June 29, 2016. The next edition of the standard is expected to be released in 2019....

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  • NFPA 69-Certified Rotary Airlock Valves

    December 23, 2015

    Certain products like sugar, processed under many conditions, are incredibly flammable and pose a greater risk for creating dust explosions. An increase in factory fires and dust explosions has resulted in fatalities and injuries. As a result, factory owners and managers are seeking flame isolation...

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  • Spray Drying: The Explosion Protection Challenge

    December 23, 2015

    This online presentation, organized by IChemE's Pharma, and Food & Drink Special Interest Groups, aimed at those who operate and specify spray drying equipment in the dairy, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology industries, will be held January 27, 2016, from 5-6 am Eastern. Attendance is free...

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  • Two Critically Injured in Plastic Pellet Accident

    December 17, 2015

    Four workers were injured when an explosion occurred at a warehouse business in Humble, TX Tuesday afternoon. Two of the workers were in critical condition with severe burns, one was in good condition, and the fourth was treated and released. A police spokesman said the explosion was caused by...

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  • Industrial Explosion Protection Guidelines

    December 8, 2015

    The purpose of this publication is to demonstrate to engineers, plant managers, safety officers, and others, the risks associated with using flammable dusts. Examples of dust explosion incidents that have occurred in practice are used to help people without specialized knowledge in the field of...

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  • Three OSHA Citations for Cookie, Cracker Manufacturer

    December 3, 2015

    A 41-year-old worker cleaning product waste from a factory floor suffered severe scalp injuries and multiple lacerations when a machine caught her hairnet, resulting in her hospitalization for four days. This is the third serious injury involving machine hazards reported this year by Hearthside...

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