The Harrington Group

Fatal Tank Explosion Caused by Hot Work

Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) recently released its findings following their investigation into a fatal tank explosion that occurred on July 28, 2014 at the Omega Protein facility located in Moss Point, Mississippi. The July explosion killed 25-year old Jerry Lee Taylor II and injured three other subcontractors. In the statement, CSB Chairperson Rafael...read the full article

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...read the full article

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