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Electrostatic Explosion

One operator was killed, and 100 staff injured following an explosion and fire at a cosmetics manufacturing site in New York. Dramatic CCTV footage show the explosion during a chemical tank charging process. The operator received minor burns however the main explosion 25 minutes later, killed one person and injured 100 others. Follow this link to see the video (after the host site advert):

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Cosmetics-Plant-Explosion-New-Windsor-NY-Police-460891983.html 

During charging operations using flammable materials a basis of safety must be established which includes considerations of the risk of ignition from static discharge. Anti-static clothing, bulk liners and earthed metal equipment are all part of the safety solution for this type of operation.

Sigma-HSE are specialists in process safety and static hazards so if you would like your process reviewed for fire and explosion risk, please call our client support team on +44 (0)1962 840570.