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Canada concrete plant dust explosion injures three

06 November 2018

A November 5 dust explosion at the Quality Concrete plant in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, resulted in three minor injuries, according to CBC. The explosion blew the roof off a fly ash silo, propelling it hundreds of metres where it fell on a parked vehicle. Fly ash is an extremely fine powder that is mixed with cement in the production of concrete.

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Stephen Nearing, division chief with the Halifax fire department, said more than a dozen workers at the site were covered with fly ash Monday. The dust coated streets, lawns and vehicles in the area after the explosion. Nearing said fly ash is a known carcinogen.

Inspectors from the provincial Labour Department and its Occupational Health and Safety Division are investigating the blast.  A stop work order has been issued as the investigation continues.

Quality Concrete has 17 plants across Nova Scotia and the Maritimes and is owned by the Stevens Group.

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