Accident Description

Accident: Combustible Dust Hazard Investigation

Location: Location: Washington, DC

Accident Occurred On: 10/01/2004 | Final Report Released On: 11/09/2006

Accident Type: Combustible Dust Explosion and Fire

Investigation Status: The CSB issued its final report at a public meeting in Washington, DC, on November 9, 2006, calling for a new OSHA regulatory standard designed to prevent combustible dust fires and explosions.

In 2003, the CSB launched investigations of three major industrial explosions involving combustible powders. These explosions - in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Indiana - cost 14 lives and caused numerous injuries and substantial property losses. The Board responded by launching a nationwide study to determine the scope of the problem and recommend new safety measures for facilities that handle combustible powders.