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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...read the full article

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...read the full article

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...read the full article

Possible Combustible Dust Explosion Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

An investigation is still open, leaving many questions unanswered, in a manufacturing plant explosion and facility collapse that killed two people and injured 10 others. The incident occurred on January 20, 2014 at the International Nutrition plant located in Omaha, Nebraska. The company manufactures feed grade nutritional, medicated, and food products for livestock and other...read the full article

CSB Releases Preliminary Findings – West, Texas Fertilizer Explosion was Preventable

Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014

After a year-long investigation, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its preliminary findings in the ammonium nitrate (AN) fire and explosion that occurred at West Fertilizer in West, Texas. Last April’s tragedy resulted in the deaths of 14 people, more than 200 injuries, and an estimated $230 million in damages to the facility and...read the full article