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  • Readco Unveils Explosion-Proof Processor

    March 11, 2020

    Readco Kurimoto LLC unveils an explosion-proof SC processor (SCP). Extending the line of continuous processors, the explosion-proof SC Processor features a hazardous location motor that meets National Electrical Code standards for processing Class I, Div. II hazardous materials set within a...

  • The Importance of a Robust Management of Change Program

    March 9, 2020

    The first question I ask when arriving on site to investigate a fire or explosion incident involving a combustible powder or dust is, “What changes have you made recently with regard to your process/equipment?” I am often met with curious glances. About 50% of the time I find out that a...

  • Explosion-Proof Lump Breakers

    March 6, 2020

    The Nibbler line of lump breakers from Gericke USA is offered in optional explosion-proof designs for coarse and fine size reduction in explosion-hazard environments. Developed to support worker safety and regulatory compliance in processing combustible materials, the Nibbler line earned ATEX...

  • Rupture Discs: An Important Safety Device

    March 4, 2020

    Rupture discs are probably the most misunderstood and least appreciated safety device used in systems where pressure or vacuum are present and where excess pressures or vacuum may need to be controlled and relieved when conditions exceed safe design parameters. The first discs were simple flat...

  • 4 Workers Killed, 5 Injured in Factory Explosion

    March 2, 2020

    An explosion at a paper mill Saturday morning left four workers dead and five others injured in the Kasur district of Pakistan's east Punjab province. A boiler exploded due to a technical issue, according to a Xinhua news report. Part of the factory was damaged by the explosion, and...

  • OSHA Fines Rail Car Facility $371,276 for Hazards

    February 24, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Dana Rail Care for workplace safety and health hazards at the facility in Wilmington, DE. The company faces $371,276 in penalties. OSHA initiated an inspection of the tank rail car cleaning and...

  • New Drum Dumper Transfers Hazardous Bulk Material

    February 20, 2020

    The new Tip-Tite drum dumper transfers hazardous bulk material from small and large drums into downstream processing equipment or storage vessels automatically and dust-free, maximizing worker safety. The unit accommodates drums up to 55 gal measuring up to 36 in. tall, with an outside diameter up...

  • OSHA Publishes Amendments, Corrections to Standards

    February 19, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published technical corrections and amendments to 27 OSHA standards and regulations. This administrative rulemaking corrects minor misprints, omissions, outdated references, and tabular and...

  • Grain Bin Safety Week is February 16-22

    February 14, 2020

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a proclamation naming February 16-22 as Grain Bin Safety Week. Earlier this week, the Secretary sat down with the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, to talk about the importance of grain bin safety on the farm. Governor Noem grew up on a farm...

  • Worker Killed in Cement Plant Explosion

    January 30, 2020

    One worker was killed and three others injured Wednesday after an explosion at the Odisha Cement Ltd (OCL) factory in Rajgangpur, an industrial town in the Sundargarh District of Odisha, India.   Seven female workers emerged from the plant after the explosion occurred at about 4:30...