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U.S. Chemical Safety Board Continues Investigation of Two Accidents at the Hoeganaes Corporation Facility

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released test results confirming preliminary conclusions that two flash fires which occurred at the Hoeganaes Corporation plant in Gallatin, Tennessee—one fatal—involved the combustion of iron powder which had accumulated throughout the facility and became airborne in combustible concentrations. A flash fire on January 31st killed one worker and seriously burned another.  A similar fire occurred on March 29th and caused one injury.The Hoeganaes plant, which employs approximately 175 workers, manufactures “atomized” iron powder that is sold to the automotive and other industries for the production of metal parts using powder...

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