It’s important to clean up combustible dust accumulations, but the method and equipment used must be suitable for the dangerous environment.
In a recent explosion at a manufacturing plant in Massachusetts, one person was critically injured with burns on 90 percent of his body, and two others were injured in an explosion that occurred while a worker was vacuuming machinery.
According to the State Fire Marshall’s office, the vacuum was improperly grounded, causing a build-up of static charge, and igniting the dust leading to an explosion.
Grounding equipment including vacuums, lifts, and hoses is critical when handling combustible dust hazards. For more information on safely cleaning combustible dust, contact Hughes Environmental.
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