Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Combustible Dust Related Fire, One Million Dollar Loss

This is the sort of combustible dust related incident CBS 60 Minutes would not care to hear about when researching for their June 2008 segment on combustible dust, "The Danger of Combustible Dust,"

Combustible dust-related fires with no fatalities nor injuries would not fit into their programming, especially with the host inaccurately informing American viewers "Since 1980, there have been at least 350 such explosions in the U.S., killing 133 people and injuring hundreds more." Quite disturbing since we all know the 2006 U.S. Chemical Safety Board Combustible Dust Hazard Investigation Report included both combustible dust fires and explosions from the 1980-2005 timeframe.

Seems almost like yesterday, with the 60 Minutes Executive Producer calling here to Texas from New York City inquiring if I knew of any facilities destroyed from dust explosions immediately following the Feb. 7, 2008 catastrophic Imperial Sugar Refinery explosion where he could send a CBS film crew to.

I said no, I didn’t know of any facilities destroyed by dust explosions but did know of a facility destroyed by combustible dust related fire like in this unfortunate Boca Raton, Florida  Cabinetry Shop incident  Mainstream sensationalistic networking doesn’t want to hear about mundane fires. Instead they need explosions causing death and destruction to wake up couch potatoes viewing the boob tube on Sunday evening.

Alas, the stage was set for the following next half decade where the drama would unfold. Where now even OSHA stating in prior  press releases, all incidents are dust explosions. But after all if 60 Minutes says it is so, must be fact, as all us baby boomers from a long ago era use to believe. If stakeholders don’t acknowledge the initial root of catastrophic dust explosions is fires (fire triangle on steroids) we’ll never identify the root of this systemic global problem.

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