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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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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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