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Grain Bin Collapse Causes Explosion

  Grain Bin Collapse Causes Explosion

White Farms near Switz City, IN experienced a combustible dust fire when an overhead tank filled with more than 10,000 bushels of corn collapsed as the bin was being unloaded into a truck. This bin took out a power-line and that combined with the grain dust and electrical spark made for an incredible safety hazard.

According to Steve White of White Farms, "When that explosion extensive damage, sending a 180-foot wave that went up to the pipes of the leg... all kinds of electrical damage."

This highlights the seriousness of combustible dust explosions, and the need to stay aware!

Watch the eye-witness video and read the full article here.
Visit the OSHA website for more information on Combustible Dust Explosions.

Protecting Residential Construction Workers from Confined Space Hazards

  OSHA has released a new fact sheet explaining how the agency’s Confined Spaces in Construction standard affects common spaces in residential construction, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. The fact sheet, developed after consultation with the National Association of Home Builders, and a detailed Frequently Asked Questions document, clarify some of the standard’s provisions and their application to residential construction work.

Click to download the new fact sheet and the FAQ document.

Questions - contact Dale Erickson at 515-681-1542.

CPWR Releases Guide to Prevent Heat Illness

  Earlier this month, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) published a new Hazard Alert that addresses heat hazards and the best methods to prevent illness and injury while working in hot weather. As part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) cooperative programs to provide safety and health resources, the Hazard Alert recommends workers and employers protect themselves by doing the following: Dress for hot conditions – this includes wearing clothes that are light-colored, loose-fitting and lightweight Drink water – the Hazard Alert advises drinking water every 15 minutes in hot conditions. It also suggests employers provide roughly 4 cups of cool, clean water for each worker every hour Take breaks – the Hazard Alert suggests taking these breaks in shaded, cooled or air-conditioned areas   Additionally, the alert explains what to look for as signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat stroke ...

Product Recall: DBI-SALA Lad-Saf Sleeve

Capital Safety/3M recently reviewed the performance of the original Lad-Saf sleeve in the field, including a limited number of incidents involving a serious injury or death in the United States while using the sleeve.