January 19, 2013

Louisville's Carbide Industries ignored warnings, safety board says. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board Thursday night voted 3-0 to accept a report that put the blame of two Rubbertown workers’ deaths on a company culture that ignored repeated problems with a furnace until it was too late to fix them. Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky. http://cjky.it/WH2XTI

Five Years After Sugar Refinery Explosion, Work Remains to Prevent Such Tragedies  Five years ago this week the Port Wentworth, Georgia community was shaken by the catastrophic sugar dust explosions and fires at the Imperial Sugar Refinery. The blasts, ignited by combustible industrial dust, took the lives of 14 workers and injured dozens more, many severely. It was tragic -- and preventable. This anniversary is a somber reminder that there is much left to do to prevent industrial dust explosions.