The Top 5 Powder & Bulk Solids Headlines in Oct. 2018

November 9, 2018

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The Top 5 Powder & Bulk Solids Headlines in Oct. 2018
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Several major fires, a disgusting incident at a meat processing plant, and a machinery-related fatality generated a lot of interest this October on A story about a Smithfield worker urinating on a production line traveled far and wide. Three of top stories featured incidents involving chemical manufacturers. To provide an overview of the most popular stories on the dry processing and bulk solids handling industry magazine’s website last month, managing editor John S. Forrester compiled this list of Powder & Bulk Solids’ top five most-viewed stories for October 2018:  

1.) Worker Dies in Machinery-Related Incident at Dow Plant
Oct. 25, 2018

A worker died on Oct. 23 at Dow Canada’s Prentiss polyethylene plant near Red Deer, AB after they were reportedly crushed by hydraulics while working with a barrel dumper. Alberta Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) began an investigation into the incident. 

2.) Fire Reported at Westlake Chemical Plant in Louisiana
Oct. 9, 2018

Firefighters responded to a blaze in the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) unit of the Westlake Chemical plant in Plaquemine, LA during the early morning hours of Oct. 9. Crews were able to keep the flames within the unit, putting out the fire by 6:30 a.m. A road close to the facility was shut down during the incident out. 

3.) Smithfield Worker Allegedly Pees on Production Line
Oct. 17, 2018

A video emerged in mid-October that appeared to show a worker urinating on a production line at a Smithfield Foods plant in Smithfield, VA. Footage shows a person on a line removing their gloves, putting both hands below their waist, and leading into a piece of equipment briefly. The incident prompted the meat processor to recall some 50,000 lbs of product. 

4.) Fire Breaks Out at Ardent Mills Flour Mill in Tennessee
Oct. 16, 2018

An Oct. 15 fire at the Ardent Mills flour milling facility in Chattanooga, TN forced workers to evacuate the facility. After observing smoke coming from a vent on an upper portion of the structure, firefighters climbed 150’ high on ladders to put out the flames. Ardent Mills said production would be resumed when equipment was cleaned.  

5.) Fire at Petrochemical Plant Leaves 1 Dead, 11 Injured
Oct. 4, 2018

One worker was killed and 11 others were injured in a large fire on Oct. 2 at the National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET) facility in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. A official told news organizations that “technical factors related to the industrial processes” were likely the culprit of the fire. The site is a state-owned petrochemical facility.

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