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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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  • Explosion kills four workers in northern Vietnam

    31 October 2016

    Four female workers were killed and 11 others injured when steam boilers and gas cylinders exploded at a manufacturing plant in the Red River Delta province of Thai Binh on October 29, according to VN Express International. 19 employees were working at the plant in Thuy Hai Commune, Thai Thuy District, when the blast happened....

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  • OSHA fines US animal feed company $101,000 for grain dust explosion risk and other hazards

    28 October 2016

    A Nebraska animal feed company, Nutrition Services, was cited for 25 serious and one other-than-serious workplace safety violations by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on October 26 after an agency investigation revealed the company exposed workers to the risk of grain dust explosion and numerous other safety hazards....

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  • WorkSafe Western Australia issues safety alert after silo dust explosion

    10 October 2016

    A safety alert has been issued after a farmer fell eight metres from a ladder and suffered serious injuries while trying to extinguish a barley grain fire in a large grain silo. According to the WorkSafe WA alert, the farmer had climbed the external silo ladder to access the hatch on the roof. As he attempted to put out the fire by squirting water into the silo, the suspended grain dust in the silo caught fire, causing an explosion that blew off the roof.

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  • Indiana grain elevator dust explosion leaves two with critical injuries

    28 September 2016

    Mechanical failure was the cause of a grain dust explosion at the Tate & Lyle Elevator in Francesville, IN, on September 26 that left a truck driver and a firefighter with serious burn injuries, local news organisations reported. The failure of the downward leg of the north pit of the silo created a spark that triggered the dust explosion, a police spokesman said....

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Official blames fish dust for explosion at Alaska seafood plant 22 September 2016

According to Alaska Dispatch News, a seafood processing facility in Dutch Harbor was severely damaged by an explosion on 22 September which a public safety official said was likely caused by the ignition of fine fish-meal dust. There were employees inside the building at the time of the explosion, but no injuries were reported. ...

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Explosion at Bangladesh fertiliser plant leaves 200 needing medical treatment 24 August 2016

On the night of August 24, 300 metric tonnes of ammonia gas spread out over the port city of Chittagong after a 500 tonne gas tank at the Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) DAP-1 fertiliser plant exploded. At least 200 people needed medical treatment after inhaling the gas, local officials said on August 25. ...

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Georgia grain facility cited and fined by OSHA over fatal dust explosion 02 August 2016

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ruled that JCG Farms of Rockmart in Georgia violated safety standards that could have prevented a fatal grain dust explosion in February. OSHA inspectors determined excessive accumulation of grain dust in the hammer mill area ignited and the subsequent explosion killed one worker and injured five others....

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OSHA cites company for exposing workers to grain dust and other hazards at Kansas site 09 May 2016

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited The Scoular Company for one repeat and four serious violations after a December 2015 investigation initiated under OSHA's Local Emphasis Program for Grain Handling hazards. OSHA has proposed penalties of $47,300 for the violations, which include exposing employees to grain dust explosion hazards....

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Three firefighters injured in explosion on Irish farm 09 May 2016

Three firefighters were injured after a container exploded at the scene of a fire at a farm near Macroom in Co Cork. The three members of Macroom Fire Brigade suffered injuries to their hands and faces when a barrel of liquid exploded while they were fighting the fire in a shed in the farm at Rae, Tarelton....

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