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  •  I actually started one... (12+ / 0-)

    ...and then discovered that my central "personal experience" example, an accident on a building site, fell under the construction exemption, and became so dejected I haven't been able to look at it again... ;-)

    Although now that Hard to Port has schooled me on OSHA exemptions I need to go back and look at that incident again.  It may be one of those non-exempt exemptions.

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

    by dsteffen on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 02:40:46 PM PDT

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    •  Dust explosions are pretty interesting too. (10+ / 0-)

      If you want to stick with Ag topics, although it dust explosion safeguards apply to tons of other industries as well.

      •  Yes, absolutely! (9+ / 0-)

        My father-in-law worked at a Garvey Grain terminal on Lake Michigan in Chicago that exploded, I think in the late 70's.  A couple of guys were doing a repair and a spark from a welder set one off.  Killed the guys doing the welding and maybe one or two others -- it was on the graveyard shift, fortunately.  FIL was scheduled to start his shift about an hour after the explosion occurred.  Fractured the silo -- Garvey closed up that operation and consolidated at a facility in Ottawa, IL.

        A company I worked for had a few years later had a structural failure on a grain storage building (barley) we had manufactured.  The company sent our lead quality control guy to the site to perform a repair that involved welding -- I tried my best to scare the sh*t out of him because I don't think he appreciated the danger he was going into.  Lots of flat surfaces in our buildings to trap dust, and what he was going to be doing was going to be stirring things up.

        We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

        by dsteffen on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 02:57:55 PM PDT

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