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Accident: 110209.015 - Employee Survives Combustible Dust Explosion

Accident: 110209.015 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 10/13/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1354253.01510/16/2018Creafill Fibers Corp

At 3:15 p.m. on October 13, 2018, an employee was working for a firm that manufa ctured materials from natural fibers. He was working in Building 4 as a shift le ader. He was operating a Herbold Meckesheim mill. He was milling wood fiber to p owder form. Specifically, he was milling a blend of three different wood fibers to develop TC-150, a technical non-food-grade hardwood powder. The blend of fibe rs consisted of Alabama River hardwood, American Fiber, and International Paper Eastover hardwood. During the milling process, the employee determined that the 200-mesh/2.5 micron sieve on the Herbold Meckesheim mill was beginning to blind. If this continued, the mill would clog. The employee shut down down the mill, r eleased the clamps against the cutting blades, and opened the door to the mill. As the employee opened the door to inspect the blinding, a flash fire occurred. The fire went to the dust collection filter bank, setting the filter socks on fi re, rupturing the explosion disks, and being exhausted outside through the explo sion venting. The employee was thrown back approximately 2 meters (79 inches). H e was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. He was hospitalized. The employee later returned to work with no restrictions.

Keywords: combustible dust, dust, dust collector, equipment operator, explosion, fire, struck by

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1354253.015 34 M Non Hospitalized injury Machine operators, not specified

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