Leadership

DUST EXPLOSION A NEEDLESS HAZARD

Issue 4 and Volume 15.

DUST EXPLOSION A NEEDLESS HAZARD Much concern has been created among fire insurance men in regard to the dust hazard in terminal eleyators by reason of the heavy loss due to the explosion in the Armour elevator at South Chicago on March 19th, last. The fire underwriters hold they are subject to this very serious and altogether unnecessary hazard because of the laws enacted in the various States forbidding the use of suction apparatus in the handling of grain. The laws in question were passed at the instance of farmers and grain shippers, who held that the removal of the dust from the grain during the process of handling would reduce its w’eight by that much, thus reducing the returns to the farmer or the shipper, as the case may be. As a result, it is pointed out that large quantities of dust are unnecessarily introduced into the elevators with…

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