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  • Farmers killed in Illinois gas pipeline explosion

    06 December 2017

    Two farmers were killed and two injured, one critically, after they ruptured a natural gas pipeline while laying drainage pipes in a field near the town of Dixon, Illinois, on December 5. The pipeline is owned by Kinder Morgan and its subsidiary Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, and representatives arrived to investigate the incident after the resulting blaze was put out by the local fire department....

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  • Wisconsin grain milling company fined $1.8 million after fatal dust explosion

    20 November 2017

    The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will fine Didion Milling Inc. a total of $1.8 million for not complying with federal safety standards, which investigators say could have prevented the huge explosion on May 31 at its Wisconsin grain mill which killed five workers and injured a dozen others. ...

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  • Occupational safety regulator upholds fines for fatal Canada sawmill explosion

    15 November 2017

    A WorkSafeBC review has upheld a decision to impose more than $1 million worth of penalties against Babine Forest Products for a catastrophic explosion and fire in January 2012 at the Burns Lake sawmill in British Columbia which killed two workers and injured more than 20 others. Babine owner Hampton Affiliates put in a number of appeals over the ruling, but the regulator has upheld the original decision....

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  • Arizona plant blast injures five

    10 November 2017

    The Tucson Fire Department said five employees from the Desert Whale Jojoba Company were hospitalised after an explosion at the company’s factory late at night on November 8. Three of the injured are in critical condition. The company grows jojoba and produces jojoba oil for use in cosmetics and skin care products, according to its website....

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  • Three injured in Maine agricultural chemical explosion

    13 October 2017

    Three people were hospitalised after an explosion at an agricultural building in Detroit, Maine on October 11, according to state police. Fire investigators said the explosion took place in an empty, 86-foot tall silo used to store sulphur. Two of the casualties were both on top of the silo cleaning out accumulations of dust and sulphur when a spark from a shovel set off the explosion....

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US grain bin dust explosion video goes viral 01 August 2017

A grain bin explosion was caught on video on July 31 in Greene County, Indiana. The farm's owner told WTHI TV he wasn't sure why the bin collapsed, but when it did it hit a power line, causing an explosion. No one was hurt, but Jordan White, the owner, said he lost about 10,000 bushels of grain. The video, which was posted to his Facebook page, has had over 1 million views....

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Ghana fish cannery blast kills two 13 June 2017

An explosion at a fuel pump at the Pioneer Food Cannery (PFC), a tuna canning company, killed two persons and left five others with burn injuries on May 11, according to local sources. A fuel pump that connects the steam boiler facility at the company’s production plant developed a fault and was being replaced when sparks from welding work ignited fuel leaking from the pump. ...

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Blast at cold storage facility in Indian Punjab kills four 31 March 2017

Four people died and more than 17 others were injured after an explosion in a cold storage facility in Dhuri near Sangrur, Punjab, on March 31. The incident took place at Guru Nanak Cold Storage and police said the blast occurred due to an ammonia gas leak, which caused the building to collapse leaving the dead and injured buried under the debris....

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Number of grain dust explosions in US falls to 10-year low 22 February 2017

According to a report released by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, the number of grain dust explosions in the United States fell to a 10-year low in 2016 despite a number of fatalities last year....

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Largest US sugar storage and distribution centre to open in December 13 December 2016

American Crystal Sugar Company is building a new $40 million storage and distribution facility 45 miles west of Chicago with a 26,000 square-foot bulk storage dome, a 17,000 square foot transfer facility and 5,500 feet of track space. The company says it will be the biggest plant of its type in the country and is scheduled to open by end-December....

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