December, 2020

This is a repeating event

202009DecAll DayAL Solutions Dust Explosion 2010A.L. Solutions New Cumberland (US-WV) Origin: CSB Lessons:Incident Investigation,Process Knowledge,Risk AssessmentIndustry:Metal ProcessingCountry:United StatesLanguage:ENLoC:Operator errorIncident:Dust explosionHazard:FlammableCause:Component MalfunctionImpact:HUMAN (On Site Fatalities)Consequence:1-10 FatalitiesMaterial:TitaniumTopic:Chemical Reaction,Combustible Dust

Summary

An explosion ripped through the New Cumberland A.L. Solutions titanium plant in West Virginia on December 9, 2010, fatally injuring three workers. The workers were processing titanium powder, which is highly flammable, at the time of the explosion.

KEY ISSUES:
• FEDERAL COMBUSTIBLE DUST OVERSIGHT
• HAZARD RECOGNITION & TRAINING
• LEARNING FROM PREVIOUS INCIDENTS

ROOT CAUSES:
1. AL Solutions did not mitigate the hazards of metal dust explosions through engineering controls, such as a dust collection system. Specifically, AL Solutions did not adhere to the practices recommended in NFPA 484 for controlling combustible metal dust hazards.


Image credit: CSB

Origin

CSBUS Chemical Safety Board

Time

Wed 9 Dec 2020 - Wed 9 Dec 2020

Location

AL Solutions

A L Solutions, 1000 S Chester St, New Cumberland, WV 26047, United States

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