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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Brother Of Man Killed By Dust Explosion Angry About OSHA's Slowness

This article comes from today's edition of the Tennessean.  Here are the first two paragraphs:

"When an accumulation of sugar dust ignited and blew up the Imperial Sugar plant in Port Wentworth, Ga., in 2008, killing 14 and injuring dozens, the state responded by issuing emergency regulations on combustible dust. No Georgia workers have been killed by exploding dust since."

"For most of the nation, however, tighter regulations are still years away even though federal safety officials have been closely studying the threat posed by dust at industrial sites since 2003."

Mitchel Corley, whose younger brother died in a dust explosion, is angry that nothing has been done by OSHA to improve safety related to dust explosions.  He mentions several examples of conditions in a workplace knowingly being favorable to a dust explosion, but nothing was done.  The article concludes with a quote from Mitchel:

"Speaking of his brother, Corely said, “He had talked about the dangers. He knew he worked in a dangerous facility. Like all the guys who worked there every day, he didn’t think it would happen to him. You gotta think that way.”

"Wayne Corley died May 21, leaving a wife and four children, ages 11 to 3."

Read the article here.

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