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Fires in U.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Facilities

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Fires in U.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Facilities
Report: NFPA's "Fires in U.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Facilities"
Author:Ben Evarts
Issued: April 2012 

An overview of industrial and manufacturing property fires, including trend tables, causes, time of day, day of week, month of year, and area of origin. 


Abstract
During 2006-2010, an estimated 42,800 fires in or at industrial or manufacturing properties (including utility, defense, agriculture, and mining) were reported to U.S. fire departments per year, with associated annual losses of 22 civilian deaths, 300 civilian injuries, and $951 million in direct property damage.Seventy percent of these fires occurred outside or in unclassified locations, 20% occurred in structures and 9% in vehicles.Two-thirds (66%) of the combined industrial or manufacturing facility structure fires occurred specifically…

Wood Pellet opperator agrees to correct explosion and fire hazards

New England Wood Pellet agrees to correct explosion and fire hazards at New Hampshire facility following US Labor Department actions

OSHA Regional News ReleaseU.S. Department of Labor
Office of Public Affairs
Region 1
Region 1 News Release: 12-2265-BOS/BOS 2012-314
Nov. 28, 2012
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald    Andre J. Bowser
Phone: 617-565-2075    617-565-2074
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.govbowser.andre.j@dol.gov
New England Wood Pellet agrees to correct explosion and fire hazards
at New Hampshire facility following US Labor Department actions
Jaffrey wood pellet manufacturer also will hire independent expert, pay $100,000 OSHA fine

BOSTON – After enforcement actions taken in relation to a series of explosions and fires at its Jaffrey, N.H., manufacturing plant, New England Wood Pellet LLC will take systemic and substantive steps to prevent any further recurrences as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The …

A Detailed Look Into OSHA under U.S Presidents

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A Detailed Look Into OSHA under U.S Presidents | Compliance and Safety Blog
From Comliance and Safety Blog an article on OSHA Fines unner each of the last presidents.
A Detailed Look Into OSHA under U.S PresidentsNovember 24, 2012Democrats and Republicans could not be more different in their fundamental views of government spending and regulation but are these views reflected in their administration of OSHA?
OSHA Fines Under U.S PresidentsIncreasing maximum OSHA fines requires action from Congress which has been repeatedly blocked under the current Republican congress. However, that hasn’t stopped OSHA from finding other ways to increase fines under the leadership of Obama-appointed David Michaels, such as increasing minimum mandatory fines and increasing the window whereby an employer can be clasisfied as a ‘repeat offender.’  These changes have resulted in record years for OSHA fines, as evident in the charts below.

OSHA fines, often called a ‘hidden tax’ by critics, first explo…

Combustible Dust Winter Alert - Increased Risk

Combustible Dust Winter Alert - Increased Risk

From WoodworkingNetwork.com:

The risk of a dust explosion increases when low humidity levels, like those seen in winter months, make dust easy to disperse and ignite. In fact, industrial accident investigations by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board found that seven out of eight fatal combustible dust explosions from 1995 to 2009 occurred during cold winter months when these weather conditions were most prominent.
One of the two tragic sawmill incidents in British Columbia occurred in the middle of winter, the second occurred in early spring.
A number of changes can commonly occur in wood processing facilities as the weather becomes colder.
      * Control measures and clean up practices that rely on the use of water may not be suitable or effective
     * Openings such as bay doors and wall dampers may be closed up increasing the degree of enclosure and reducing natural ventilation or make up air
     * Ventilation may be red…