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On the anniversary of the Imperial Sugar Refinery disaster, the Chemical Safety Board applauds improvements

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on Feb 7, 2012

Imperial Sugar explosionToday marks the four-year anniversary of the Imperial Sugar Refinery disaster in Port Wentworth, Georgia, where a massive sugar dust explosion killed 14 workers and injured 38 others. Following the tragedy, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued a series of safety recommendations to the refinery, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and others aimed at preventing a similar occurrence.

In a recent statement from CSB Chair Rafael Moure-Eraso, he commended refinery officials for taking action on the facility-specific recommendations. "We recommended Imperial Sugar comply with NFPA's recommended practices for preventing dust fires and explosions, and urged the company to conduct a comprehensive review of all of its manufacturing facilities’ adherence to NFPA standards," says Moure-Eraso. "We recently received notice from Imperial Sugar’s property insurer...that it is providing its risk engineers ongoing training in the hazards of combustible dusts, which we recommended."

Read the article in NFPA Journal highlighting the refinery's rebuilding efforts and commitment to employee safety.

-Fred Durso, Jr.

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