Chemical Safety Board preliminary report links refinery blasts in Wisconsin and California to cracking unit failures

A preliminary report released this week by the Chemical Safety Board blames recent refinery explosions in Superior, WI and Torrance, CA on the inadvertent mixing of hydrocarbons with air inside the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit that found an ignition source, resulting in an explosion.   On April 26, 2018, an explosion (Figure 1) and subsequent fire (Figure 2) occurred at the Superior Refinery Company LLC refinery in Superior, Wisconsin (“Husky Superior Refinery”).1 The incident occurred in the refinery’s Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU). As a result of the explosion, thirty-six people sought medical attention, including eleven refinery and contract workers who suffered OSHA recordable injuries. In addition, a portion of Superior,2 Wisconsin was evacuated. Evidence collected to date suggests similarities with a previous investigation of the February 18, 2015 explosion at a refinery in Torrance, CA.   On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, an explosion occurred in the ExxonMobil Torrance, California refinery’s...
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More grain dust explosions reported nationwide in 2017

West Lafayette, IN - There were seven reported grain dust explosions at U.S. food and agricultural facilities in 2017, two more than in 2016 but still below the 10-year average of 9.3 explosions per year, according to an annual report issued by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .
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OSU plays international role Equipping leaders in industrial hygiene, fire technology and safety

    A catalyst for the addition of safety into the Oklahoma State University fire protection curriculum was the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1970. In 1971 Dale F. Janes began his 10-year tenure as department head. Janes was an OSU Industrial Engineering and Management graduate of 1950.   Janes was an OSU Industrial Engineering and Management graduate of 1950 holding a certificate of completion – the highest recognition at the time. Around the time of his graduation, the firemanship training department changed its orientation to also produce potential employees of the insurance industry. The fire protection course provided training in the detection and elimination of fire hazards. Students put the information gained in class and laboratory into actual use at some time during the training period.   Janes’ career with Texas Instruments and International Paper as a specialist in safety engineering contributed to the fire...
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