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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:51 pm 
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15 contract workers from PA were injured when 80,000 lbs of hot ash fell on them, they were told to clean the dust collector and that it was empty acording to the video in the first link

15 employees hospitalized after incident at Zug Island steel mill in Detroit

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An incident at the Great Lakes Works facility on Zug Island Friday night put 15 employees in local hospitals.

A steel mill spokesperson said the incident was not an explosion but that "the issue occurred at the D4 Blast Furnace involving the dust catcher."

Fifteen contracted employees were taken to local hospitals, officials say. Since then, 12 have been released and three are still receiving treatment, according to the spokesperson.........


US Steel releases statement on Zug Island steel mill explosion

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"An incident occurred at our Great Lakes Works facility on Friday, August 10th. The issue occurred at the D4 Blast Furnace involving the dust catcher. 15 contracted Songer Services employees were taken to local hospitals. 12 were released, and 3 are receiving additional treatment. No U. S. Steel employees were injured in the incident. An investigation is ongoing at this time."


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15 contract workers from PA were injured when 80,000 lbs of hot ash fell on them, they were told to clean the dust collector and that it was empty acording to the video in the first link

15 employees hospitalized after incident at Zug Island steel mill in Detroit



US Steel releases statement on Zug Island steel mill explosion



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I know people from Songer. Used to be Aker Kvaerner then Aker Songer iirc.

Zug island is a toxic mess.

Told it was empty. No lockout/tagout? No blanking off pipes? Did the contractor have the workers fully trained in hazardous confined space?

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3 workers remain hospitalized after blast at Zug Island Steel Mill

U.S. Steel plant where furnace blast injured 15 has history of safety woes

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......In the past five years, three people have been killed at the Great Lakes Works plant. In December 2013, a U.S. Steel employee was killed when molten metal lit the shanty he was in on fire. In April 2014, a contracted crane operator was killed when the crane he was in tipped over. In April 2015, a U.S. Steel employee was run over by a truck and killed at the plant.

The Great Lakes Works plant has been cited with 20 "serious" safety violations in the past five years and instructed to pay more than $33,000 in penalties. Some of these cases are pending.

For its part, Songer Steel has faced eight "serious" violations and paid $32,500 between two closed cases.

U.S. Steel and Songer Steel did not respond to requests for comment.



theres automation,that usually helps workers in this type of industry, then there's employment practices/staffing automation that works against them by cutting corners, adding hardship, and leaving operations shorthanded. not sure what happened here.

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3 workers remain hospitalized after blast at Zug Island Steel Mill

U.S. Steel plant where furnace blast injured 15 has history of safety woes



theres automation,that usually helps workers in this type of industry, then there's employment practices/staffing automation that works against them by cutting corners, adding hardship, and leaving operations shorthanded. not sure what happened here.


About the only thing I know for sure is because this event occurred at blast furnace that some in the media can't sort it out and keep writing about a blast happening at that blast furnace. Something which appears to have not happened.


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As noted in the quote in the OP. There was no explosion. People have apparently forgotten what a blast furnace is.

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The question that pops into my mind is why would you clean out dust collector if the ashes are hot? Doesn't it make sense that it would be done when the ashes are cooled or slightly warm?

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Number6 wrote:
The question that pops into my mind is why would you clean out dust collector if the ashes are hot? Doesn't it make sense that it would be done when the ashes are cooled or slightly warm?


I dont know what the procedure is exactly but that sounds reasonable, seems like it would need to be emptied first as well though, those things would likely require down time. could be the maintenance schedule was disrupted and backed up.

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I don't know how big this dust collector is. I was in one where if only 80,000 lbs of ash were in it, it would have been pretty well mucked out. It was an area about as big as a high school gymnasium with seating for the whole school.

There is the amount in the collector which is the normal operating load, that's a range with full at the high end. Then there is the amount which will normally remain after the automatic unloaded has unloaded all it can. What remains is is the ash which fills corners and clods and drifts sticking to surfaces

Hot is kind of a relative term. Would that be hot as how hot it is when the collector is normally operating. Or would that be how hot it would be after 24 hours of having been shut down. Or three days after a shut down.

After three days one could still cook an egg in hot pockets one would fine if one were sifting around in the ash. There would be air movement from the outside washing through the compartment if they were servicing it. That ventilation equipment is a part of the normal operating equipment, it just depends on how it is turned on whether it is collecting dust or is supplying guys with fresh air and keeping them from getting roasted.

The one I was in while it was still hot, I went into it on the third day after shutdown. I was in a space where the temperature was well above one hundred, one ten or one twenty. There were surfaces which were hot enough to scald skin. People were in there along with the construction crew who were scooping residual ash up and hauling it out.

I was in there scooping through small amounts of ash to find bolt heads and was cutting them off with a torch. Four, hour and half sessions in the heat was a shift. About the seven day mark was when it was no longer hot in there. And most of what had been in there was no longer in there, it had been hauled out, and away, it was on a scrap heap somewhere.

I know all about that. But I don't know what was going on at that steel mill.

Where I was was a very large coal fired power plant. The amount of dust that dust collector collected would fill about a half mile of a mile long train a day.


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What do they do with all this ash & dust once it's out?

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Where the coal came out, the ash goes in. Then they cover it a hundred feet over.


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