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  • Upgraded Silo Protection System

    July 24, 2019

    Two years after introducing the Shield silo protection system, silo pressure safety experts Hycontrol Ltd launches Shield Lite SPS, which protects powder storage silos from the dangers caused by excessive pressure during tanker deliveries. Utilizing purpose-designed pressure monitoring and control...

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  • Two Dead after Being Trapped in Grain Storage Tank

    July 22, 2019

    Two workers died after being trapped inside a grain storage tank at The Andersons facility in South Toledo, OH Friday morning. Joshua Stone, 29, of Rossford, and James Heilman, 56, and a third man of Perrysburg were reportedly inside the storage tank breaking up compacted grain. The silo contained...

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  • Dust and Fumes: The Most Dangerous Culprits in Industry

    July 19, 2019

    Two types of hazard are associated with dust and fumes: those that are easily anticipated and those that are rather more obscure but nonetheless hazardous. Unfortunately, the list of dangers we didn't anticipate shows no sign of getting shorter. We continue to be surprised by dust explosions we...

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  • How to Use Dust Explosion Test Data to Ensure Facility Safety

    June 26, 2019

    “My powder has a Kst of 257 bar.m/s, a minimum ignition energy (MIE) of 3mJ and a bulk powder volume resistivity of 5X1015 ohm.m; do I have a problem?” As a contract process safety test laboratory, we have noticed more and more companies measuring the flash-fire and explosion...

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  • OSHA Fines Chemical Manufacturer for Exposing Workers to Toxic Gas

    June 19, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Croda Inc. after a chemical release at the New Castle, DE manufacturing plant exposed workers to ethylene oxide. The company faces $262,548 in penalties. OSHA initiated an inspection after the exposure...

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  • What You Need to Know about Flammable and Combustible Dust Safety

    June 17, 2019

    Brian Richardson, technical departments manager, Camfil Air Pollution Control, will present a free 60-minute webinar “What You Need to Know about Flammable and Combustible Dust Safety” on Thursday, June 20 at 2pm EDT/11am WDT. In this webinar, Richardson will discuss how to recognize...

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  • Tank Explodes at Chemical Plant

    June 13, 2019

    An oxygen tank exploded at the Intertek USA chemical plant in Essingtona, PA early Thursday morning, causing a fire in a nearby building, according to a news report.   The explosion caused a fire to break out, which eventually spread to a building nearby.   ...

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  • Aluminum Dust Fire Causes $15K in Damages at Sask. Plant

    June 7, 2019

    An issue with a piece of dust collection equipment apparently contributed to the ignition of a fire Wednesday afternoon at the Crestline Coach Ltd. ambulance production plant in Saskatoon, SK. Fire officials said that “inadequate maintenance” of the dust collector likely caused the...

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  • AN EASIER WAY TO REDUCE FERTILIZER DUST AND CAKING

    Effectively control dust and caking in the fertilizer industry utilizing ambient-temperature coatings. Fugitive dust and product caking present unique issues for fertilizer handlers. Historically, effective solutions required complicated and often cost-prohibitive processes, such as heating of...

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  • Dust Explosion Reported at Wisconsin Feed Mill

    May 20, 2019

    Firefighters from three municipalities worked to put out a fire in a dust collection unit on Thursday at the Synergy Cooperative feed facility near Elk Mound, WI, ABC News affiliate WQOW reported.  A dust explosion reportedly occurred in a fertilizer leg pipe in the evening hours, Synergy...

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