The Top Powder & Bulk Solids Headlines in Sept. 2018

October 4, 2018

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The Top Powder & Bulk Solids Headlines in Sept. 2018
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Two headlines about safety issues at peanut processing plants in Georgia grabbed Powder & Bulk Solidsreaders’ attention this September. An incident at one facility forced residents to evacuate the area as toxic gas was released. OSHA issued a $309,505 fine to another peanut facility after investigators uncovered a number of hazards. A major fire at a Kansas milk powder plant caused $1 million in damages. On a more positive note, the BEUMER Group discussed ways that bag palletizing technology can improve efficiency and lower costs. 

To offer readers an overview of the most popular stories on last month, managing editor John S. Forrester compiled this list of Powder & Bulk Solids’ top five most-viewed stories for September 2018:  

1.) Fire at Georgia Peanut Plant Forces Evacuations of Homes
Sept. 28, 2018

A fire at a Birdsong Peanuts net shelling plant in Sylvester, GA forced workers at the site and people living within a half-mile radius to evacuate. Toxic gas was released after aluminum phosphide fumigation tablets made contact with water. 

2.) OSHA Fines Georgia Peanut Processing Plant $309K
Sept. 18, 2018                                     

The operator of a Leesburg, GA peanut processing plant was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for two violations and issued a tine totaling $309,505. Investigators said Great Southern Peanut failed to develop and implement procedures for confined space entry, provide training on confined space hazards, and did not reduce compressed air to a required level.

3.) New Bag Palletizing Technology Making Companies More Competitive
Sept. 19, 2018

BEUMER Group Senior Application Engineer Timothy Bridge outlines how the use of bag palletizing technology can lower costs and boost productivity, helping operations to be more competitive. Readers can learn about palletizer speeds and ways to save time and money on maintenance and repairs. 

4.) Dow AgroScineces Plant to Close, Impacting 65 Workers
Sept. 5, 2018

British news organizations reported that a Dow AgroSciences facility in King’s Lynn, UK is slated to close by August next year. Some 65 positions at the site will be impacted by the move. DowDuPont said the closure was the result of a recent “strategic assessment” to identify production overlaps. Some workers at King’s Lynn will be offered jobs at other Dow sites. 

5.) Fire at Kansas Milk Powder Plant Causes $1M in Damages
Sept. 17, 2018

Production was briefly halted at the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) milk powder plant in Garden City, KS last month after a fire ignited in a piece of drying equipment. The blaze caused an estimated $1 million in damages. The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the incident.

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