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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Combustible dust research reveals 100 related fires and explosions in 2009

Our friend John Astad of the Combustible Policy Institute, has new research out:

Combustible dust research reveals 100 combustible dust related fires and explosions in 2009

Fine tuning the combustible dust incidents that occurred in the manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and utility sectors in 2009. According to media accounts there were 100 combustible dust related fires and explosions. 17% of these ComDust incidents were dust explosions with the majority of all incidents occurring in national industries (NAICS) not recognized in Appendix D-1 & D-2 of the OSHA Combustible Dust NEP.

Amazingly there were no fatalities that occurred as a result of these combustible dust incidents with 23 injuries.

Combustible dust research reveals 100 combustible dust related fires and explosions in 2009

Pie Charts:
2009 Combustible Particulate Solids incidents by Material
http://ow.ly/1Cjrg
2009 Combustible Particulate Solids incidents by industry
http://ow.ly/1CjlJ

23 injuries sustained from all the incidents

19 ComDust Explosions, over 50% explosions Non-NEP national industries (NAICS)
30% of the ComDust incidents involved a dust collector
10% of the ComDust incidents involved the ductwork

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