Federal grand jury charges flour milling company and its executives with nine counts following deadly combustible dust explosion


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that a federal grand jury has indicted the operator and six managers of a corn plant in Wisconsin following a 2017 explosion that left killed five workers and injured 15 others. The indictment includes nine criminal counts, including two counts related to willful violations of federal workplace safety standards for grain handling.

The two Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act safety standards that the company allegedly willfully violated include failure to develop and implement a written program to effectively prevent and remove combustible grain dust accumulations. , and not to install venting or suppression on a dust filter collector. to avoid an explosion. The indictment of the company and its current and former executives also includes counts of falsifying documents pending investigation by the US Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Obstruction of federal OSHA investigation.

“Combustible dusts are fine particles that pose an explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions,” said Joe Frasca, senior vice president of marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “They can pose a potential fatal hazard to workers, not to mention the mass destruction of property they can cause. These are all reasons why combustible dust explosion prevention programs in hazardous industries are so important.

EMSL Analytical, with facilities in the United States and Canada, offers laboratory combustible dust analysis services, sampling supplies and air monitoring instruments. These can be key components of safety programs designed to identify combustible dust hazards to protect workers and help keep businesses compliant with regulations. EMSL Analytical also sponsored an educational video on the dangers of combustible dust which can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/xX0apupkO3E

To learn more about combustible dust testing or air monitoring instruments, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675, or email [email protected]

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EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories in the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized provider specializing in rapid laboratory results for molds, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, coal and ash from fires, VOCs, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environment, industrial hygiene, radiological products, food, beverages and consumer products, and materials testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL is at the service of professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulatory agencies, including but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and several other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete list of accreditations. Additionally, EMSL offers a wide range of sampling equipment and survey products for environmental professionals.

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