8 Injured in L.A.-Area Building Explosion, Fire
Details of the Building Explosion
According to ABC News, the explosion happened just before 10 a.m. Occupants of a neighboring building reported the blast. Fire crews arrived and were able to extinguish flames inside the facility within a half hour. About 30 workers were inside the plant when the explosion happened.
Eight workers were transported to nearby hospitals, including three in critical condition. Greg Siggins of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration said many of those injured had burns to their faces and forearms.
An initial investigation conducted by OSHA suggested that lint and dust in a duct system was responsible for the blast.
The building housed a metal polishing and plating business. One employee told reporters they were polishing tire rims when the explosion happened.
Dust Explosion Facts and Statistics
Under the right conditions, dust suspended in the air can lead to combustion. According to OSHA, there were “281 combustible dust incidents between 1980 and 2005 that led to the deaths of 119 workers, injured 718, and extensively damaged numerous industrial facilities.”
The agency notes that many materials can be combustible in dust form such as food, grain, plastics, wood, paper, pulp, and metals.