Thursday, November 20, 2008

Grain Elevator Explosion-Nebraska

One person injured in elevator explosion

"The top of the head house blew up in the explosion and its skeletal remains are hanging off the top of the elevator. The headhouse is where the leg is contained that elevates grain to the top of the elevator." 11/20/08 Gothenburg Times

This is the third grain facility explosion in the United States, over the past two months. Luckily no fatalities. Click here for Google Map of prior grain facility combustible dust related fires and explosions.

So how well is the OSHA grain facility standard working? Maybe it's time to re-evaluate all combustible dust related fires and explosions, whether occurring in the grain sector or the manufacturing sectors. All explosions have similar effects of over pressure, thermal radiation, and ensuing projectile hazards. If the petrochemical refining sector has a process safety management program (PSM) that protects their facilities then maybe stakeholders should look into a similar program for the grain and manufacturing sectors. The question is, "just how important are these sectors for the nation's economic security?"


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