Friday, August 29, 2008

Dust Collector Fire New Jersey

http://www.packetonline.com/articles/2008/08/29/cranbury_press/news/doc48b815ae1c279401755058.txt

Fire in an exterior cyclone sawdust collector where officials believe that a mechanical problem caused a spark, igniting the sawdust. Would spark detection and extinguishment system lessened the severity and likelihood of this incident? Additionally, a proactive inspection and maintenance program as outlined in NPFA 664 will provide added protection to all manufacturing facilities that process combustible particulate solids.

2 comments:

Kane said...

At least the dust dust collector was outside on the wood dust one.

John Astad said...

Kane,

Great observation. Of the 89+ combustible dust related fires and explosions since Feb. 7, 2008, 42% of the incidents are dust collector related. I've found that of the 43%, 20% are located outside.

It seems if the facilities utilized spark detection and extinguishment systems then over half of the incidents would maybe been prevented and the occurrence mitigated.

 

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