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Legislation to Help Prevent Dust Explosions
U.S. Reps. Miller, Barrow Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Dust Explosions After Georgia Disaster Claims 12 Lives House Education and Labor Committee to Hold March Hearing on Imperial Sugar Refinery & Other Explosion Hazards.
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The Danger of Combustible Dust CBS Reports
Scott Pelley reports on the deaths and property damage caused by dust explosions at American factories, a problem critics say the government needs to do more to prevent.
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Pellet mill damaged in explosion
Scott Coolong, whose home is a block from the mill, said his window air conditioner was blown into his living room by the blast. "I looked out the window and saw a ball of fire shoot about 200 feet into the air".
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Clearing the Dust on Process Safety
Are plants relying too much on industry wide data and technology to protect their workers?
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Combustible Dust Dangers: Too Dangerous for a 'Wait and See' Approach
"Combustible dusts," defined by their tendency to ignite when suspended in air, come from many sources, including sugar, flour, feed, plastics, wood, rubber, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, coal, and metals. Dust explosions can destroy buildings and hurl people across a room.
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Height of silos a challenge for firefighters
Firefighters from six Ohio and Indiana departments responded to the Hicksville Grain Co. on Tuesday as emergency response personnel feared dust inside a smoldering grain silo could ignite and explode.
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Feds target combustible dust, an issue at Savannah sugar plant
Federal officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday they have began "comprehensive rulemaking" concerning the volatile substance.
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Galva explosion isn't linked to OSHA violations
Investigators blame a malfunctioning machine for creating a spark that set off multiple dust explosions inside the All-Feed Processing and Packaging plant in Galva early Tuesday. Three employees were treated and released for various injuries from the blasts.
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Fire strikes mill silo again
Firefighters from four area towns battled a blaze early Saturday in a sawdust silo at Hancock Lumber mill.
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Six injured in power plant explosion
Six people were injured in an explosion and fire Tuesday morning at the Oak Creek Power Plant.
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Protect workers now
A NEW year and a new administration bring renewed hope Congress will extend life-saving protections to workers in plants subject to dust explosions
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Western Sugar Plant Fire
Five engines were on scene as fire fighters fought to contain several small fires within the plant. Battalion Chief, Tim McLeod, tells us dust was a big factor and crews had to be cautious with how much water they used, to refrain from starting a dust explosion
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CSB asks OSHA to adopt combustible dust standard
At a Senate hearing recently, John Bresland, chairman and CEO of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to act
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Combustible Dust Becomes National Target
Combustible dust, a hazard that has historically received little attention from employers and government agencies alike, is a hidden danger that every company operating a saw should address. Sawdust often goes unnoticed in all manners of nooks and crannies although it poses a major hazard if a secondary explosion occurs
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Firefighters battle blaze at Marion stove business
"It created a dust explosion and fire spread everywhere there was dust"
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State warning of dust hazards
To ensure a disaster of that scale does not happen, Oregon's workplace-safety agency will dispatch a special reminder this month to nearly 2,500 employers statewide about the hazards of dust.
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Combustible Dust Measure Expected to Become Law
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 5522, the Worker Protection Against Combustible Dust Explosions and Fires Act.
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Fire destroys building at Bertch Cabinets
The cabinet manufacturer has been subject to periodic minor sawdust fires over the years, which are usually caught and extinguished. "We have all kinds of spark detection equipment," he said, but "you get a bad bearing, metal on metal," and sawdust can be ignited.
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Worker Protection Against Combustible Dust Explosions and Fires Act of 2009
H.R. 849: Worker Protection Against Combustible Dust Explosions and Fires Act of 2009
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To require the Secretary of Labor to issue interim and final occupational safety and health standards regarding worker exposure to combustible dust, and for other purposes.