Industrial Fire Prevention

May 09

Factual Investigative Update into Fatal May 31, 2017, Incident In Wisconsin

BY Contributor

Madison, WI, April 30, 2018: The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a Factual Investigative Update into the fatal May 31, 2017, combustible dust explosions at the Didion Milling facility in Cambria, Wisconsin. The explosions killed five of the 19 employees working at the facility on the night of the incident. The other 14 were injured.

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Posted on 05/09/2018 at 10:43:51 PM

Dec 26

Spark Detection; It Can Save Your Life

BY Shanique Campbell

In as recent as November 2017, the Cargill plant located in Trafford reported its second industrial explosion for the year. The explosion was reported at around 1:30pm and firefighters were quick to respond. Although all 300 employees came out safe and sound, it is important to note that the fire came frm the vary same location that exploded earlier in the year. What is it that saved the plant? Spark Detection.

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Posted on 12/26/2017 at 05:24:51 PM

Dec 09

Industrial Fire Prevention: Production VS Safety

BY Shanique Campbell


The Bottom Line

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Posted on 12/09/2017 at 11:39:56 PM

Nov 28

The Breakdown - Grain Explosions

BY Shanique Campbell

The birth of the industrial era brought many things. On the positive side, it brought faster production to meet demand at a more affordable cost, increase in jobs and increase in the overall standard of living. However, on the negative side, where it regards the manufacturing process, explosions such as grain dust explosions was now a reality and management had to now be steadfast in their actions to stop these explosions before they happen.

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Posted on 11/28/2017 at 02:29:46 PM

Oct 22

Reported Waste & Recycling Facility Fires

BY Ryan Fogelman

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Posted on 10/22/2017 at 12:20:25 PM

Oct 12

These 21 Industries Are More Prone To Combustible Dust Fires. Are You In The Mix?

BY Shanique Campbell


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Posted on 10/12/2017 at 01:03:27 PM

Oct 05

Is Your Workplace Fireproof?

BY Shanique Campbell


We are often greeted with the quotes, "Safety begins with you" when approaching any industrial space. We are prompted to wear gloves, hard hats and shoes to protect ourselves from any bodily harm. But is this same approach being taken when it comes to fireproofing our workplace? The Industrial Fire at Hampton Mill on September 15, 2017 is the latest evidence that this is not always the case. This fire also reminds us that we need to be more attentive when looking at our workspace and ensuring that we are doing all that we can to prevent fires of this nature

Our friends at Safety Daily Advisor wrote this amazing article on fire hazards in the workplace and we thought that it would be perfect and timely to share with you some of the main highlights in addition to our thoughts on the matter.

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Posted on 10/05/2017 at 01:46:15 PM

Sep 29

What the OSHA Revealed About the Top 10 Violations in 2017

BY Shanique Campbell
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Posted on 09/29/2017 at 08:46:15 PM

Sep 11

Protecting the Biomass Process from Fires and Explosions


How to keep from blowing up and burning down your wood pelleting operation.

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Posted on 09/11/2017 at 01:37:05 AM

Sep 04

Dust Explosion – Sources of Dispersion and Ignition Not Independent

BY Eur Ing Keith Plumb


In the November 2015 issue of the Chemical Engineer I wrote an article ( about the fatal flaws associated Hazardous Area Classification.

In this article I wrote the following with respect to equipment selection.

“Also, the logic behind this selection is that the event that  causes a dust cloud to form is independent of the event that leads to an ignition source becoming active. This is probably true for electrical
equipment, less so for non-electrical equipment and could be completely  wrong for an electrostatic spark where the creation of the dust cloud  could also create the spark.”

The video at the link below shows a corn silo at White Farms Inc in Indiana, USA, toppling over and rupturing. This causes a large dust cloud to be dispersed which ignites immediately to give a flash fire. Possible sources of ignition include static electricity generated by the flow of corn and dust or a spark create by metal to metal contact as the silo ruptured.
Video of corn silo toppling and susequent flash fire



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Posted on 09/04/2017 at 12:41:29 AM