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REDUCING HAZARDS OF EXPLOSION FROM DUST IN MANUFACTURING PLANTS

Issue 12 and Volume 87.

REDUCING HAZARDS OF EXPLOSION FROM DUST IN MANUFACTURING PLANTS Safety Codes for Dust Explosion Prevention Have Been Adopted in Many Industries Where the Air is Unavoidably Laden with Dust Clouds THE Chemical Engineering Division of the Bureau of Chemistry and Soils of the United States Department of Agriculture has record of 573 dust explosions in plants handling or milling products principally of agricultural origin. In 189 of these explosions, 440 persons were killed and 891 were injured, making a total of 1,331 persons involved. In 461 cases the property damage amounted to $46,779,910. Grain Elevators The largest number of dust explosions have occurred in grain elevators and in connection with grain-handling operations. There have been 101 explosions in grain elevators. In 30 of these explosions 74 persons were killed, and 160 were injured. In 91 cases the total property damage reported was $15,879,150. Flour Mills There have been 81 dust…

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