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  •  I read that 7 people were injured over the weekend (8+ / 0-)

    in an explosion in one of the Koch's Georgia Pacific plants in Texas.  I think four of them were in critical condition.  Ironic that this happened at a firm headed by those who  strongly oppose regulation.  Rick Perry's state seems to have more than it's fair share of explosions.

    •  here ya go: (7+ / 0-)

      http://www.chron.com/...

      explosion at plyboard plant in East Texas.

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      by tom 47 on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 01:29:56 PM PDT

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      •  The article said that the explosion occurred (4+ / 0-)
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        around the chip dryer...a source of potential combustible wood dust.

        Another big hazard in forest product plants is the plywood or waterboard press area, which release a lot of sticky particular matter that can lead to a fire in exhaust ducts and around the press area.

        Waferboard/plywood presses use hot oil for heating, and fires can also result from oil leaks.

        •  Way more than I know about the process (1+ / 0-)
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          or the hazards.  I once visited a lumber and plyboard mill in Roseburg, Oregon, when I was about 10 or 11, in 1965 or 66.  I recall being impressed with spinning the logs to cut the "ply", and the thickness of the "blanket" of chips/scraps (4 to 6 inches?) before it went through the press to emerge at 1/2", 3/4" or whatever the final product thickness was. I was also told pointed but undetailed stories of those who had fallen in the sawdust silo, or at least what would happen if one did.

          I think the mill is still there in Roseburg.

          I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

          by tom 47 on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 06:45:26 PM PDT

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