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  • Fish Meal Dust Eyed as Cause of Alaska Plant Explosion

    Investigators are considering fish meal dust as the cause of an explosion at an Unalaska, AK Westward Seafoods plant on Monday, KTOO news reported Tuesday. “The best guess is that there was some type of an explosion caused by the fish dust being ignited in a confined area,” said...

  • OSHA Fines Food Processor $88K after Severe Injuries

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to poultry processing producer, Koch Foods of Mississippi LLC, Morton, MS, on Sept. 16, 2016, for nine serious safety violations. OSHA initiated two investigations after learning two...

  • Spiroflow Systems Names Mackrill Chief Operating Officer

    Spiroflow Systems has named Don Mackrill chief operating officer effective immediately. In his new role, Mackrill will have complete operational control for all powder handling projects from engineering through production, customer delivery, and customer service.     Mackrill is...

  • U.S. Specialty Chemicals Market Rises Again

    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reported that U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes rose 0.3 percent in August. This follows a 0.4 percent gain in July and a 0.3 percent decline in June. All changes in the data are reported on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. Of the 28 specialty...

  • KWS Manufacturing Names Fagley Director of EHS

    KWS Manufacturing Company, Ltd, a leading manufacturer of screw conveyors in the U.S., hired Wayne Fagley, CSP as director of environmental health and safety (EHS). Fagley’s extensive experience includes over 26 years at Bell Helicopter as safety process manager and senior EHS specialist...

  • New Conveyor Belt Cleaner Replacement Program

    Martin Engineering announces a new factory-direct replacement program for belt cleaners, delivering fresh polyurethane blades, specified and custom-fitted on-site and installed free of charge.   The new program assures customers of accurately-sized and professionally installed replacement...

  • Grain Handling Facility Fined $400K after Worker Suffocates in Bin

    As he cleared soybean debris, a 41-year-old elevator superintendent suffocated when his lifeline tangled in an unguarded and rotating auger. A federal investigation into the worker's death found multiple violations of federal safety standards for grain handling at the Cooperative Producers Inc...

  • KWS Manufacturing Offers New Screw Conveyor Component Guide

    KWS Manufacturing Co. has published a new component guide as a companion document to its new Screw Conveyor Engineering Guide. The new KWS Screw Conveyor Component Guide contains dimensional information for all screw conveyor components and is immediately available in print and electronic formats....

  • OSHA Fines Food Processor $317K after Amputation

    On Sept. 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to Birdsboro Kosher Farms Corp., Birdsboro, PA, $317K for two willful and eight serious safety and health violations. Investigation findings: OSHA initiated an inspection...

  • Bayer, Monsanto to Create Global Leader in Agriculture

    Bayer and Monsanto announced that they signed a definitive merger agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for USD 128 per share in an all-cash transaction. Monsanto’s board of directors, Bayer’s board of management, and Bayer’s supervisory board have unanimously...