wood dust

What price safety with Jeffrey Nichols

In this the second of two parts, Will Sampson talks with wood dust fire prevention expert Jeffrey C. Nichols about how spark detection technology actually works to put out fires or explosions before they happen. Will shares his own thoughts on the apparent or imagined conflict in woodworking between safety and production eficiency. 

ComDust victim awarded $39.7 million

The victim of a 2014 combustible dust accident at the Georgia-Pacific plywood plant in Corrigan, Texas, has been awarded $39.744 million by a Houston jury for injuries sustained in the blast that killed two men and injured four others.

Monitoring wood dust hazards: Who's in charge

OSHA defines combustible dust as “fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in the air, in certain conditions.” For a combustible dust explosion to occur, five factors must be present: fuel (combustible dust), ignition (heat or spark), oxygen (air), dispersion (dust suspension) and confinement. Removal of any one element will eliminate the possibility of occurrence. The following is a list of some of the agencies and organizations involved in monitoring dust hazards in the woodshop.

OSHA: Cabinetmaker Died from Wood Dust Exposure

Acute, long-term exposure to wood dust led to the death of a 55-year-old finish sander at a Montana cabinet shop, OSHA says. A recent inspection also found 21 serious safety that exposed workers to respiratory hazards, fire, explosion, and amputation. Oak Creations faces a $50,000 fine.