The Harrington Group

Fire Safety Design Considerations of Road Tunnels

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

We recently published a guest post about emergency evacuations from our colleagues at Graphic Packaging that mentioned the Mont Blanc tragic tunnel fire. Shortly after we published the blog, I had the opportunity to attend an SFPE webinar that focused on the fire protection design considerations of road tunnels, and I thought I would share

What’s Next? Aftermath of Combustible Dust Explosion at Burns Lake Mill

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Since the two British Columbia sawmill explosions in early 2012, attention to the problem of combustible dust has skyrocketed. It’s tragically too late for the four workers killed and more than 40 injured in these blasts, but perhaps the lessons we take from these incidents can prevent future loss of life and property. What can

Combustible Dust Explosion at Babine Forest Products: Exploring the Root Causes

Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

When combustible dust ignited to cause a deadly explosion at the Babine Forest Products mill, a housekeeping issue quickly became a matter of life and death. Two workers were killed and 20 were injured that day in January 2012, catapulting the issue of dust to the top of the fire safety conversation. A number of

Celebrating Our Nation’s Birthday Safely – Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the birth of our nation, it seems like the perfect time to go over firework safety tips. The 4th of July is one of the biggest holidays for fireworks and firework-related injuries. First and foremost, we recommend that the best way to avoid firework-related injuries is

Burns Lake Mill Combustible Dust Explosion: What Happened?

Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Combustible dust explosion risk is one of the most challenging issues fire safety professionals face today. On January 20, 2012 in Burns Lake, British Columbia, we were reminded why. Shortly after 8pm, there was a combustible dust explosion and subsequent fire at the British Columbian mill run by Babine Forest Products. The blast killed two