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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,” the latest in 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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  • Flexi-Earthed Flexible Sleeve

    October 16, 2017

    Using the new Flexi-Earthed snap-in flexible sleeve, BFM fittings provide maximum safety from electrostatic charges and meet requirements to improve the health and safety of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres in powder processing applications. Flexi-Earthed sleeves are made...

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  • SmartDS Explosion Detection System

    September 19, 2017

    The IEP Technologies SmartDS dynamic explosion detection system is designed for demanding explosion protection applications requiring state-of-the-art rate of rise pressure sensing and data interrogation. The SmartDS has the ability to analyze rate of pressure rise and to differentiate this...

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