• Explosive Dust in the Workplace
  • December 7, 2017
  • The term “dust” may seem benign, but there are a wide variety of materials that can be explosive in dust form. Some examples include dust from candy, sugar, spice, starch, flour, grain, wood, paper, pulp, and egg white. In a finely divided form, many types of dust are actually combustible material capable of burning very quickly.

    Even materials that do not burn when in a larger form, such as iron, can be explosive in dust form under the right conditions. An explosion caused by dust can cause worker deaths and injuries, and can level entire buildings.

    All workers have the right to work in conditions that do not pose serious harm. To keep workers safe, employers have an obligation to provide information and training about workplace hazards, how to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their industry. Additionally, employers must take appropriate precautions to protect workers against flash fires and explosions.

    A wide variety of injuries can occur with a blast, including:

    Blast lung
    TM rupture and middle ear damage
    Eye globe rupture
    Abdominal hemorrhage and perforation
    Eye penetration
    Traumatic amputation
    Closed and open brain injury
    Crush injuries
    COPD and other breathing problems
    If you or a loved one has suffered a work injury, you may have a long road to recovery. You will have to deal with the medical costs and you may suffer lost wages and much more. Call 267-589-0090 or complete our online form to contact a Philadelphia work injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross.