Man suffers burns after dust explosion in Witham

Gazette: Man suffers burns after dust explosion in Witham Man suffers burns after dust explosion in Witham

A 67-year-old man suffered burns to his head and neck after a dust explosion in a malt drying vessel. 

Firefighters gave him first aid while waiting for paramedics to arrive at the scene, Bairds Malt, Station Maltings, Witham.

The casualty was left in their care.

Crews used one hose reel to tackle the fire in the factory unit, measuring 10m x 30m.

The incident was reported at 2.05am today and was dealt with by 3.07am.

A fire investigation will be carried out to establish the cause.

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10:21am Fri 24 Jan 14

pierre-pierre says...

not an uncommon experience, dust collecting in grain elevators is dangerous and the elevators should be kept clean
not an uncommon experience, dust collecting in grain elevators is dangerous and the elevators should be kept clean pierre-pierre
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10:50am Fri 24 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

You Bet!

In 1878 the largest flour mill in the USA exploded decimating the surrounding area. All because the flour dust suspended within its atmosphere ignited.

Eighteen lives were lost.

If anyone wants an excuse to go down to the ‘Pig and Whistle’ when their missus starts flicking a feather duster around, here you have it!
You Bet! In 1878 the largest flour mill in the USA exploded decimating the surrounding area. All because the flour dust suspended within its atmosphere ignited. Eighteen lives were lost. If anyone wants an excuse to go down to the ‘Pig and Whistle’ when their missus starts flicking a feather duster around, here you have it! OMPITA [Intl]
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