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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Combustible Dust Accidents Reveal Slow Progress to Change Federal Regulations

It’s been nearly a decade now since the Chemical Safety Board has recommended that the Occupational Safety and Health Association reevaluate and amend rules on combustible dust, especially those pertaining ...

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Cold Weather Season Risky for Combustible Dust

The arrival of Old Man Winter does more than just blow cold weather and air throughout regions of the United States and Canada. It’s also one of the more dangerous ...

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Wood Dust Fire Reignites Debate Over Facility Locations

Evidenced in past incidents covered here on Dust In Case, wood dust is a highly combustible material that can easily create the potential for disaster wherever it exists. A massive ...

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Repeat Wood Dust Violations Add to Six-Figure OSHA Fine

Over the past year, Dust In Case has taken a deeper look at several notable OSHA fines handed down to facilities due to combustible dust hazards, but a new citation ...

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Combustible Dust Housekeeping Prevents Larger Disaster at Sawmill

What could have resulted in a larger disaster was minimized through diligent combustible dust housekeeping at one sawmill in British Columbia. It happened on July 23rd at the Carrier Lumber ...

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Deadly Indiana Explosion Highlights Severity of Grain Dust

An explosion inside a grain silo at a farming co-op serves as yet another reminder as to how deadly and dangerous combustible dust can truly be if it isn’t properly ...

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OSHA Fines Tobacco Maker Over Combustible Dust Hazards

A year-long investigation stymied by OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting Program that directs the regulatory organization’s representatives to workplaces where high rates of injuries and illnesses occur has resulted in a tough ...

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Past Combustible Dust Incidents Can Shape Future Perception

Since 2011, the Bartlett Grain Co. has been under OSHA’s microscope following a deadly grain dust explosion inside a silo elevator at their facility in Atchinson, KS which killed six ...

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Family Seeks Criminal Charges Following Grain Dust Explosion

On October 29, 2011, six workers were killed after a massive grain dust explosion occurred inside an elevator at the Bartlett Grain Co. facility in Atchinson, Kansas. Despite being served ...

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Texas Metal Dust Fire Justifies Need for Immersion Separators

Three Texas facilities have been cited by OSHA after it was determined combustible metal dust was responsible for causing a flash fire at a work site last summer. The incident, ...