NFPA Journal investigates the issue of combustible dust

Published on March 12, 2010
Looks at Imperial Sugar, changes two years after dust explosion

March 12, 2010 – The latest issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), investigates the issue of dust explosions.  The issue highlights changes since the dust explosion that occurred two years ago at Imperial Sugar’s refinery with the cover article, Dust Buster.

The incident at Imperial Sugar’s refinery in Port Wentworth, Ga., occurred when sugar dust ignited and caused a series of dust-fueled explosions.  The explosion killed 14 employees, injured dozens, caused an estimated $275 million in damages and was described as “entirely preventable.”

Ron Allen, the new senior director for environmental health, safety, and quality at Imperial Sugar Company and a member of NFPA, discusses what he is doing to change the safety culture at the plant.

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