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  • OSHA Proposes Fine for Grain Company

    July 14, 2014

    OSHA has proposed fining an Ohio-based grain company more than $50,000 for operating a mechanical sweep auger while three employees were working in a grain storage bin. Sabina Farmers Exchange Inc. was investigated after OSHA received complaints that employees were working inside the bin while...

  • Man Dies Falling into Grain Silo

    July 11, 2014

    An investigation is ongoing after a 22-year-old man died falling into a grain silo at Larchwood Foods on Hall Farm in Fincham, Norfalk, England July 9. Seven fire and rescue crews were called to the scene Wednesday morning. The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the...

  • Chemical Safety Bill Advancement Applauded

    July 10, 2014

    The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) welcomed passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of H.R. 4007, the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Reauthorization Act,” which would authorize the CFATS program for three years, allowing the U.S....

  • CSB to Release Report on Fatal Explosion, Fire

    July 10, 2014

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will hold a meeting July 16 to release its findings on an explosion and fire that killed three employees in December 2010 as they worked with a metallic dust at the AL Solutions titanium plant in New Cumberland, WV. An independent federal agency that...

  • Grain Drying, Safety Management, Material Handling Courses

    July 8, 2014

    Registration is open for three courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University Distance Education Program. GEAPS 524: Grain Drying, GEAPS 540: Safety Management for Grain Facilities and GEAPS 552: Materials Handling III run September 2-October 3....

  • Man Killed Unloading Grain into Silo

    July 7, 2014

    A Tennessee man was killed July 2 while unloading grain into a silo, after his tanker truck’s boom came into contact with power lines, according to media reports. Billy Dougherty, 63, of Kingsport, TN, was killed in the accident that occurred on a farm located in McMinn County, about 60...

  • Explosion Isolation Flap Valve Is NFPA Compliant

    July 2, 2014

    The Interceptor-FV explosion isolation valve is an NFPA-compliant device that is designed to provide a passive explosion isolation solution for dust collectors. During normal operating conditions, the Interceptor explosion isolation flap valve is mechanically retained in the open position. This...

  • Explosion, Spark, and Flame-Front Isolation

    June 27, 2014

    Protecting processes from the risks of combustible dust explosions per NFPA standards usually requires isolation of interconnected enclosures and conveying to contain an explosion. This is certainly true with dust collection processes. The REMBE Exkop system provides safe, economic, and easy...

  • Secure Cloud-Based Industrial Monitoring Solution

    June 26, 2014

    It is well known that transporting certain dry dusty materials can create explosive atmospheres. Five conditions, known as the “Dust Explosion Pentagon”, have to exist in order for the explosive state to occur. First, there needs to be a high concentration of dust (fuel), followed by an...

  • Report Says West Fertilizer Explosion Injured 262

    June 25, 2014

    A total of 262 people were injured by the fire and subsequent explosion that broke out on April 17, 2013 at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, TX, according to an official report issued by McLennan County’s health department and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The...