AL Solutions blast caused by combustible dust: CSB

Jul 22, 2014 | 11:52 AM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  titanium recycler, AL Solutions, U.S. Chemical Safety Board, CSB, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, Rafael Moure-Eraso, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — An explosion that killed three workers at titanium and zirconium recycler AL Solutions Inc. in 2010 was caused by combustible dust, according to a U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) report.

It is likely that mechanical problems with a metal blender caused heat and sparks, which ultimately ignited the zirconium inside the machine, according to the CSB, and the initial explosion ignited combustible dust in the facility,....

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