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Dangerous levels of combustible dust is the primary cause of an Aug. 2 explosion that killed 75 people in a Chinese automobile parts factory.

click image to zoomCombustible dustComDust Rule in Limbo – In July the Chemical Safety Board designated the need for a combustible dust standard as “Most Wanted.” The CSB has lambasted the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on numerous occasions for failing to complete a combustible dust standard that OSHA started working on in 2009.

While OSHA has not created a ComDust rule, it has cited numerous manufacturing operations, including many wood processing plants, for combustible dust violations under its general duty clause. For example, the month before shuttering operations, Cardell Cabinetry of San Antonio was written up for repeat combustible dust and other safety violations by OSHA. The company had been cited for similar violations following a 2012 OSHA inspection.

Meanwhile in British Columbia, Canada, WorkSafeBC has continued its crackdown of combustible dust at several hundred sawmills and wood plants. WorkSafeBC has begun new rounds of inspections to check for dust accumulations and verify that wood products companies have implemented required combustible dust programs that cover dust abatement, training and monitoring.

ABC News reported dust produced from polishing steel hubcaps ignited Saturday morning at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Company factory causing an explosion that destroyed almost the entire roof of the plant. The dust stuck to the skin of workers, causing burns over much of their bodies. In addition to the deaths, about 190 people were injured in the blast, most suffering burns.

Workers allegedly complained about the high levels of dust at the factory, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said.

In the absence of good ventilation a buildup of heat, oxygen and a material, often dusty particles such as pulverized metal, can spark massive explosions without warning, The Wall Street Journal reported. Dust particles typically hover in the air and can then be ignited by a spark or overheated equipment, causing an explosion.

The plant specialized in postproduction preparation of aluminum car wheels before they are shipped to auto makers, including General Motors.

The Wall Street Journal reported industrial accidents are common in China and often result in loss of life. Last month month in the southern city Haiko, four died as a result of an accident blamed on improper storage of chemicals at a pharmaceutical maker. More than 100 were killed in a poultry factory fire in mid-2013 in China after being trapped behind locked doors.

Here in the United States combustible dust was the source of n explosion that claimed three lives at AL Metal in 2010. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has called for a national standard regarding combustible dust. The CSB has investigated nine fatal combustible dust explosions and fires since 2003 that have claimed a total of 36 lives and injured 128 more. None of those investigations have yet involved wood products manufacturing plant.

– See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Combustible-Dust-the-Source-of-Explosion-a-Chinese-Auto-Plant-270045341.html#sthash.kx9Gv9VK.5tJS4esj.dpuf

Dangerous levels of combustible dust is the primary cause of an Aug. 2 explosion that killed 75 people in a Chinese automobile parts factory.

click image to zoomCombustible dustComDust Rule in Limbo – In July the Chemical Safety Board designated the need for a combustible dust standard as “Most Wanted.” The CSB has lambasted the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on numerous occasions for failing to complete a combustible dust standard that OSHA started working on in 2009.

While OSHA has not created a ComDust rule, it has cited numerous manufacturing operations, including many wood processing plants, for combustible dust violations under its general duty clause. For example, the month before shuttering operations, Cardell Cabinetry of San Antonio was written up for repeat combustible dust and other safety violations by OSHA. The company had been cited for similar violations following a 2012 OSHA inspection.

Meanwhile in British Columbia, Canada, WorkSafeBC has continued its crackdown of combustible dust at several hundred sawmills and wood plants. WorkSafeBC has begun new rounds of inspections to check for dust accumulations and verify that wood products companies have implemented required combustible dust programs that cover dust abatement, training and monitoring.

ABC News reported dust produced from polishing steel hubcaps ignited Saturday morning at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Company factory causing an explosion that destroyed almost the entire roof of the plant. The dust stuck to the skin of workers, causing burns over much of their bodies. In addition to the deaths, about 190 people were injured in the blast, most suffering burns.

Workers allegedly complained about the high levels of dust at the factory, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said.

In the absence of good ventilation a buildup of heat, oxygen and a material, often dusty particles such as pulverized metal, can spark massive explosions without warning, The Wall Street Journal reported. Dust particles typically hover in the air and can then be ignited by a spark or overheated equipment, causing an explosion.

The plant specialized in postproduction preparation of aluminum car wheels before they are shipped to auto makers, including General Motors.

The Wall Street Journal reported industrial accidents are common in China and often result in loss of life. Last month month in the southern city Haiko, four died as a result of an accident blamed on improper storage of chemicals at a pharmaceutical maker. More than 100 were killed in a poultry factory fire in mid-2013 in China after being trapped behind locked doors.

Here in the United States combustible dust was the source of n explosion that claimed three lives at AL Metal in 2010. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has called for a national standard regarding combustible dust. The CSB has investigated nine fatal combustible dust explosions and fires since 2003 that have claimed a total of 36 lives and injured 128 more. None of those investigations have yet involved wood products manufacturing plant.

– See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Combustible-Dust-the-Source-of-Explosion-a-Chinese-Auto-Plant-270045341.html#sthash.kx9Gv9VK.5tJS4esj.dpuf

Dangerous levels of combustible dust is the primary cause of an Aug. 2 explosion that killed 75 people in a Chinese automobile parts factory.

click image to zoomCombustible dustComDust Rule in Limbo – In July the Chemical Safety Board designated the need for a combustible dust standard as “Most Wanted.” The CSB has lambasted the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on numerous occasions for failing to complete a combustible dust standard that OSHA started working on in 2009.

While OSHA has not created a ComDust rule, it has cited numerous manufacturing operations, including many wood processing plants, for combustible dust violations under its general duty clause. For example, the month before shuttering operations, Cardell Cabinetry of San Antonio was written up for repeat combustible dust and other safety violations by OSHA. The company had been cited for similar violations following a 2012 OSHA inspection.

Meanwhile in British Columbia, Canada, WorkSafeBC has continued its crackdown of combustible dust at several hundred sawmills and wood plants. WorkSafeBC has begun new rounds of inspections to check for dust accumulations and verify that wood products companies have implemented required combustible dust programs that cover dust abatement, training and monitoring.

ABC News reported dust produced from polishing steel hubcaps ignited Saturday morning at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Company factory causing an explosion that destroyed almost the entire roof of the plant. The dust stuck to the skin of workers, causing burns over much of their bodies. In addition to the deaths, about 190 people were injured in the blast, most suffering burns.

Workers allegedly complained about the high levels of dust at the factory, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said.

In the absence of good ventilation a buildup of heat, oxygen and a material, often dusty particles such as pulverized metal, can spark massive explosions without warning, The Wall Street Journal reported. Dust particles typically hover in the air and can then be ignited by a spark or overheated equipment, causing an explosion.

The plant specialized in postproduction preparation of aluminum car wheels before they are shipped to auto makers, including General Motors.

The Wall Street Journal reported industrial accidents are common in China and often result in loss of life. Last month month in the southern city Haiko, four died as a result of an accident blamed on improper storage of chemicals at a pharmaceutical maker. More than 100 were killed in a poultry factory fire in mid-2013 in China after being trapped behind locked doors.

Here in the United States combustible dust was the source of n explosion that claimed three lives at AL Metal in 2010. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has called for a national standard regarding combustible dust. The CSB has investigated nine fatal combustible dust explosions and fires since 2003 that have claimed a total of 36 lives and injured 128 more. None of those investigations have yet involved wood products manufacturing plant.

– See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Combustible-Dust-the-Source-of-Explosion-a-Chinese-Auto-Plant-270045341.html#sthash.kx9Gv9VK.5tJS4esj.dpuf

Dangerous levels of combustible dust is the primary cause of an Aug. 2 explosion that killed 75 people in a Chinese automobile parts factory.   – See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Combustible-Dust-the-Source-of-Explosion-a-Chinese-Auto-Plant-270045341.html#sthash.kx9Gv9VK.5tJS4esj.dpuf
Dangerous levels of combustible dust is the primary cause of an Aug. 2 explosion that killed 75 people in a Chinese automobile parts factory.   – See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Combustible-Dust-the-Source-of-Explosion-a-Chinese-Auto-Plant-270045341.html#sthash.kx9Gv9VK.5tJS4esj.dpuf

Dangerous levels of combustible dust is the primary cause of an Aug. 2 explosion that killed 75 people in a Chinese automobile parts factory – See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Combustible-Dust-the-Source-of-Explosion-a-Chinese-Auto-Plant-270045341.html#sthash.kx9Gv9VK.5tJS4esj.dpuf

 

ABC News reported dust produced from polishing steel hubcaps ignited Saturday morning at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Company factory causing an explosion that destroyed almost the entire roof of the plant. The dust stuck to the skin of workers, causing burns over much of their bodies. In addition to the deaths, about 190 people were injured in the blast, most suffering burns.

Workers allegedly complained about the high levels of dust at the factory, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said.

In the absence of good ventilation a buildup of heat, oxygen and a material, often dusty particles such as pulverized metal, can spark massive explosions without warning, The Wall Street Journal reported. Dust particles typically hover in the air and can then be ignited by a spark or overheated equipment, causing an explosion.

The plant specialized in postproduction preparation of aluminum car wheels before they are shipped to auto makers, including General Motors.

The Wall Street Journal reported industrial accidents are common in China and often result in loss of life. Last month month in the southern city Haiko, four died as a result of an accident blamed on improper storage of chemicals at a pharmaceutical maker. More than 100 were killed in a poultry factory fire in mid-2013 in China after being trapped behind locked doors.

Here in the United States combustible dust was the source of n explosion that claimed three lives at AL Metal in 2010. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has called for a national standard regarding combustible dust. The CSB has investigated nine fatal combustible dust explosions and fires since 2003 that have claimed a total of 36 lives and injured 128 more. None of those investigations have yet involved wood products manufacturing plant.

– See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Combustible-Dust-the-Source-of-Explosion-a-Chinese-Auto-Plant-270045341.html#sthash.kx9Gv9VK.5tJS4esj.dpuf

An August 2, 2014 explosion at an automobile parts factory is thought to have been caused by dangerous levels of combustible dust. 75 people were killed in the blast along with 190 people sustaining injuries, mostly burn related. The explosion has been linked to the dust from polishing steel hubcaps igniting and causing the explosion, destroying most of the roof at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Company. The dust is said to have adhered to the skin of the workers, further exacerbating burns to the skin. The company did post-production for aluminum car wheels prior to being shipped to auto makers, such as General Motors.

Reports in the Wall Street Journal indicate similar industrial accidents resulting in fatalities are commonplace in China. In the United States, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has requested a national standard on combustible dust. 36 lives have been lost and 128 injuries have occurred in combustible dust explosions since 2003, according to the CSB.

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ABC News reported dust produced from polishing steel hubcaps ignited Saturday morning at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Company factory causing an explosion that destroyed almost the entire roof of the plant. The dust stuck to the skin of workers, causing burns over much of their bodies. In addition to the deaths, about 190 people were injured in the blast, most suffering burns.

Workers allegedly complained about the high levels of dust at the factory, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said.

In the absence of good ventilation a buildup of heat, oxygen and a material, often dusty particles such as pulverized metal, can spark massive explosions without warning, The Wall Street Journal reported. Dust particles typically hover in the air and can then be ignited by a spark or overheated equipment, causing an explosion.

The plant specialized in postproduction preparation of aluminum car wheels before they are shipped to auto makers, including General Motors.

The Wall Street Journal reported industrial accidents are common in China and often result in loss of life. Last month month in the southern city Haiko, four died as a result of an accident blamed on improper storage of chemicals at a pharmaceutical maker. More than 100 were killed in a poultry factory fire in mid-2013 in China after being trapped behind locked doors.

Here in the United States combustible dust was the source of n explosion that claimed three lives at AL Metal in 2010. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has called for a national standard regarding combustible dust. The CSB has investigated nine fatal combustible dust explosions and fires since 2003 that have claimed a total of 36 lives and injured 128 more. None of those investigations have yet involved wood products manufacturing plant.

– See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Combustible-Dust-the-Source-of-Explosion-a-Chinese-Auto-Plant-270045341.html#sthash.kx9Gv9VK.5tJS4esj.dpuf

 

ABC News reported dust produced from polishing steel hubcaps ignited Saturday morning at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Company factory causing an explosion that destroyed almost the entire roof of the plant. The dust stuck to the skin of workers, causing burns over much of their bodies. In addition to the deaths, about 190 people were injured in the blast, most suffering burns.

Workers allegedly complained about the high levels of dust at the factory, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said.

In the absence of good ventilation a buildup of heat, oxygen and a material, often dusty particles such as pulverized metal, can spark massive explosions without warning, The Wall Street Journal reported. Dust particles typically hover in the air and can then be ignited by a spark or overheated equipment, causing an explosion.

The plant specialized in postproduction preparation of aluminum car wheels before they are shipped to auto makers, including General Motors.

The Wall Street Journal reported industrial accidents are common in China and often result in loss of life. Last month month in the southern city Haiko, four died as a result of an accident blamed on improper storage of chemicals at a pharmaceutical maker. More than 100 were killed in a poultry factory fire in mid-2013 in China after being trapped behind locked doors.

Here in the United States combustible dust was the source of n explosion that claimed three lives at AL Metal in 2010. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has called for a national standard regarding combustible dust. The CSB has investigated nine fatal combustible dust explosions and fires since 2003 that have claimed a total of 36 lives and injured 128 more. None of those investigations have yet involved wood products manufacturing plant.

– See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Combustible-Dust-the-Source-of-Explosion-a-Chinese-Auto-Plant-270045341.html#sthash.kx9Gv9VK.5tJS4esj.dpuf

 


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