Fatal 2003 dust explosion linked to faulty blender operations

Last month marked the third anniversary of a fatal dust explosion at the West Pharmaceutical facility in Kinston, N.C. (news release). Analysis of the accident has traced it to improper procedures and use of the wrong materials in the facility's blender operations. (Here is an analysis of the accident from the consulting firm, CV Tech). Read on for more information on the root causes of dust explosions from the Chemical Safety Board. -AMS