Call us! (719) 372-0990

Don’t Bite the Dust

A dust explosion on February 7, 2008 in Port Wentworth Georgia killed fourteen people and injured forty. The explosion occurred at a sugar refinery owned by Imperial Sugar and was fueled by massive accumulations of combustible sugar dust throughout the packaging building.

How Does This Happen?

Could this really happen? Yes it could and it has many times in the past. A explosion fueled similar to this can occur when an air suspension of a fine organic, often starchy, substance is ignited. But that’s not the only dust that can go up in flames that is very combustible.

Combustible Dust

Since 1980, more than 150 American workers have lost their lives to combustible dust explosions. There have been more than 850 workers injured. OSHA defines combustible dust as fine particles that present a “flash” or explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions. It happens that easily.

A wide variety of materials that can be explosive in dust form exist in many different industries. Examples include food (e.g., candy, sugar, spice, starch, flour, feed). Then consider grain, tobacco, plastics, wood, paper, pulp, rubber, furniture, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, coal, metals, etc. Many people outside of these industries are not aware of the explosive nature of the product.

Trust the Professionals

As you know, in the restoration business you’ll run into every type of scenario imaginable, especially if you do commercial work. So anytime you’re called in to a disaster scene, which may
include a lot of dust in the air, never be so anxious to start work that you put safety concerns aside. Always make sure the air is completely clear of all combustible material, before you power up any equipment. Or you could become dust.

Comments are closed.

First Choice Equipment Sales & Service

Your premier choice for restoration and renovation specialists. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency service or equipment at (719) 372-0990 or contact us for more information. You can rely on First Choice to be the best choice!

Selling Quality Products by

Bry Air, DESICair, Magnum, OmniAire, Omniflow, OmniGuard, Phoenix, Stulz, Titan, Vapair, and Viking. Selling desiccants, air scrubbers, air movers, and other drying equipment products throughout the state of Colorado and the entire United States.

Find us

First Choice Drying Equipment and Sales
906 L. Street
Penrose, Colorado 81240

Areas of Service

We serve customers across the entire United States.

Contact Us

Wade Lauhon
Cell: (719) 240-4929
firstchoiceequipment@bresnan.net


Beth Hinton
Cell: (719) 240-4930
beth.firstchoice@gmail.com

Stay Connected