Dust Explosion Lawyers
Dust Explosions Are Devastating & Too Common in the United States
When listing explosive materials at a workplace, it’s easy to leave dust out of the discussion. However, airborne particulates from organic and metal materials have the potential to cause devastating explosions. Industrial plants that handle food, tobacco, textiles, pesticides, and fossil fuels are just a few of the locations where dust explosions have been known to happen. Because dust explosions can happen at facilities that don’t handle volatile substances, their occurrence can be as surprising to workers as they are devastating.
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What Causes Dust Explosions?
Dust explosions occur when three critical components combine. When the perfect combination of dust and oxygen meets an ignition source, a devastating explosion will occur. As dust particles float through the air of industrial sites, they sometimes form a dense enough concentration to become explosive. Legislators and regulators have created numerous laws through the years that put strict requirements on companies to protect workers from dust explosions.
Factories that accumulate dust should have adequate dust collection systems. These systems filter dust from the air before it settles in one location. Sometimes, dust explosions occur due to the accumulation of the substance in a location that out of sight or reach. Employers must ensure that their dust collection systems are functioning and adequately filtering their workplace.