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Companies Fined $112,600 in Fatal Dust Explosion

The explosion killed a 25-year-old man and injured five others in February at JCG Farms in Rockmart, GA

https://patch.com/georgia/cartersville/companies-fined-112-000-fatal-dust-explosion

“It is tragic that despite wide industry awareness of these hazards, that some employers remain unaware of the common hazards of combustible dust,” said Christi Griffin, OSHA’s area director in the Atlanta-West Office. “This incident and this man’s death were preventable.”

An example of a company that allowed a buildup of combustible dust to create deadly hazard and dust explosion.

Consider the following steps for a safer workplace:

  • Facility managers should be aware of the hazards of the dust produced during their production process, by observing NFPA and OSHA standards for combustible dust
  • Document and follow housekeeping procedures to minimize the buildup of hazardous or combustible dust.
  • Implement dust collection and air filtration systems to minimize dust buildup of nuisance dust.

Dust experts are standing by to provide an analysis of the dust hazards of your facility and provide recommendations for the safe management and containment of dust. Contact Gulftech today for a free review of your dust hazards. Info@gulftechsales.com, 727-469-8773

Composite Mfg. Plant Cited for Combustible Dust, Electrical Hazards

Recent news of composite dust standards not being met.

OSHA has cited Fibrelite, a manufacturer of composite manhole covers, for 21 alleged violations of workplace safety standards at its plant in Pawcatuck, Conn. The company faces a total of $90,500 in proposed fines, chiefly for potential fire and explosion hazards…[…]

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