US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

  • Since 1980, the US Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board has investigated over 281 chemical fires and explosions, which have caused 119 fatalities and 718 serious injuries
  • Dr. Chris Cloney, Managing Director and Lead Researcher at DustEx Research Ltd. reported in a webinar in 2019 that since 1900 at least 2000 dust explosions, 4000 injuries, and 1000 fatalities have been recorded. 
  • The Safety & Chemical Engineering Education Program reports that “About 13% of the ignitions of chemical fires and explosions are due to static electricity” (Source: Marc Rothschild – Rohm and Haas)
  • Static electricity was implicated as a possible ignition source in many of the 105 agricultural dust explosions that occurred between 1996 and 2005
  • Static electricity is a real and present danger in many industrial processes. Only through the use of careful, preventative measures, can manufacturers guard themselves against this hidden menace.

UK Legislation Establishes Offence of Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide

July 24, 2019

Explosion at Deluxe Feeds

Explosion at Deluxe Feeds plant in IA

July 17, 2019

Fire at ADM warehouse

Fire at ADM storage facility in IL

July 17, 2019

Fire at Perdue Farms plant

Fire at a chemical storage tank at Perdue Farms plant in VA

June 11, 2019

Grain Elevator Explosion

Fire, then explosion damages Minnesota grain elevator

June 7, 2019

Aluminum dust fire

Aluminum dust fire causes $15K in damages

May 13, 2019

Fire breaks out at Georgia-Pacific Paper Plant

Fire breaks out at Georgia-Pacific Paper Plant

May 3, 2019

AB Specialty Silicones explsion

Three dead after massive plant explosion in IL

March 21, 2019

China chemical plant explosion

Massive explosion at chemical plant in China kills 64

March 18, 2019

Powder & Bulk Solids

Powder & Bulk Solids’ Top 10 dust explosion videos

March 13, 2019

Milk Powder Fire

Milk powder plant in South Africa heavily damaged by fire

February 20, 2019

OSHA Citation for Combustible Dust Hazard

OSHA fines plant in Natchez, MS for combustible dust hazards

February 11, 2019

Wood pellet explosion

Fire crews called to plant in Entwistle, Canada

February 11, 2019

Grain silo explosion

Grain silo fire in Corpus Christi, TX

January 5, 2019

Firefighter killed

Firefighter killed in Clinton, IA

January 4, 2019

Explsions rock two plants

Explosions rock two separate plants

January 3, 2019


Titanium Plant Explosion in Detroit, MI

December 21, 2018

Dust explosion in Memphis

Dust explosion in Memphis, TN

November 8, 2018

Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Fertilizer Plant Explosion in Xinle, China

February 7, 2008

Static Electricity Chemical Industry Accident: Sulfur (Sulphur) Explosion and Fire

Sugar Refinery Blast
Port Wentworth, GA

January 13, 2008

Static Electricity Accident: Sugar Refinery Explosion and Fire

Sulfur Explosion
Kunming, China

October 30, 2007

Static Electricity Chemical Industry Accident: Solvent Explosion & Fire
Solvent Explosion & Fire
Des Moines, IA

Critical Safety Alert from OSHA

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a critical safety alert notification to all companies that may be at risk from explosion of combustible dusts. The letter, available for download below, was sent by OSHA to one of Texene’s customers as part of the U.S. Government’s effort to immediately alert companies to the hazards created by combustible dusts and uncontrolled ignition sources such as static electricity. An OSHA fact sheet is also available for download.