Accident Follow Up: 2014

Boiler explosion at noodle factory kills three: (12-18-2014)

KOTA KINABALU: Three workers were killed when a boiler at a noodle factory in the east coast Sandakan district exploded near here on Thursday.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Services Department spokesman Affendy Ramin said the 1pm explosion resulted in the partial collapse of the factory building located about 15km from Sandakan.

It is not known if any workers remain trapped within the collapsed structure of the building.

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Boiler explosion: Dosh to focus probe on workers’ qualification (update : 12/20/2014)

Posted on December 20, 2014, Saturday

SANDAKAN: The qualification of the workers handling the boiler is among the aspects focused on by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) in the probe into the boiler explosion in a noodle factory in Jalan Chong Hwa near here yesterday.

Sabah DOSH director Mohd Zahari Hitam said the boiler contained large amount of energy while operating and it must be operated by a well-trained operator.

“DOSH is still investigating the matter and has yet to ensure whether or not the workers handling the boiler are well-trained workers.

“According to the information we received so far, the three workers involved in the explosion are foreign workers, comprising a Filipino and two Indonesian nationals,” he told Bernama when contacted here yesterday.

The three foreign workers were killed in the explosion yesterday.

Apart from the workers’ qualifications, Zahari said the investigation would also focus on the boiler at the factory. — Bernama

Boiler explosion caused 359 deaths last year: NCRB (12-8-2014)

New Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) Explosion of boilers led to 359 deaths in 2013 in the country, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Parliament was informed today.

However, the government said that these deaths were not “only” due to boiler explosions.

“NCRB report shows that in 2013, there were 359 deaths in the country due to explosion of boilers etc.

Explosion at Juice Bowl facility in Lakeland (9-2-2014)

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Cleanup efforts remain underway after an explosion occurred Tuesday morning at the Whitlock Packaging Plant, also known as the Juice Bowl, in Lakeland.

The Lakeland Fire Department says the explosion happened around 7:45 a.m. and sent one of three 60,000-pound boilers at the facility through a wall and out toward morning commuters on Bartow Road.

Fortunately, the boiler stopped on some nearby train tracks before it rolled its way into traffic.

Christine Hobbs saw the explosion as she was driving by the plant to work. Her car was pelted by debris.

“It was pretty terrifying actually, to see all that coming at you at once,” she said.

Plant staff members said the boilers, all located in a secluded area, are powered by natural gas to make steam used for bottling non-carbonated juices and teas.

Investigators still don’t know what caused the explosion.

No one was injured, but the plant’s staff of more than 125 employees was evacuated.

Officials closed the portion of U.S. 98 between North Crystal Lake and Sylvester Roads shortly after the explosion, but reopened the lanes around 9:45 a.m.

It was after 2 p.m. when the boiler was removed from the nearby railroad tracks, which were also shut down pending cleanup.

A spokesperson for the city of Lakeland says a structural engineer and an OSHA inspector were expected on site late Tuesday afternoon to inspect the plant

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Boiler explosion injures 21 (8-17-2014)

SAMUT PRAKAN – A total of 21 people were injured, five seriously, when a boiler at a cloth dyeing factory exploded early Sunday, police said.
Pol Lt Chainaret Suporn, a duty officer at Samut Prakan police station, said the explosion happened about 4.50am. The factory, operated by Wongpasit Printing Co Ltd, is located on Tai Ban Road in Samut Prakan’s Muang district.

The injured were admitted to Samut Prakan Hospital. Most of them were workers from Myanmar. The blast destroyed about 10 wooden houses behind the factory. Four fire engines were deployed to put out the fire.

Police suspect that the boiler exploded because there was not enough water in it. The cost of the damage is estimated to be over one million baht, police said.

Prajak Makaew, a 38-year-old factory worker, said he heard a loud explosion while working on a night shift inside the factory building. “I ran to see what happened and I saw the large boiler fall to the floor. The roof was blown off and flames spread everywhere,” Mr Prajak said.

Wachara Narapakdikul, the operator of the dyeing factory, said she had rented the facility. She agreed to take responsibility for the injured people and all the damage.

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3 killed in Mymensingh boiler explosion (5/18/2014)

Sunday, May 18, 2014 – Dhaka

Three workers were killed and two injured in a boiler explosion at a rice mill in Haluaghat upazila of Mymensingh this morning.

The deceased are Sultan Ali, 40, Alam Miah, 42, and Hazrat Ali, 40, reports our Mymensingh correspondent. Jakiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Haluaghat Police Station, said the boiler of Shahil-Apu Rice Mill exploded with a big bang around 6:00am, leaving its five workers critically injured.

The workers were whisked off to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) where the three succumbed to their injuries around 7:00am. The two injured workers — Rahmat, 40, and Alam, 42, — are undergoing treatment at the MMCH

Worker dies, two injured in boiler explosion (4/22/2014)

FAISALABAD: A worker died and two others were injured on Tuesday in a boiler explosion at a factory on Samundari Road, police said.

They said Muhammad Mustafa, 30, Shakil Ahmad, 28, and Muhammad Ashfaq, 25, were at work during the night shift at Noor Dyeing Factory when a boiler exploded.

They said Mustafa died on the spot. Ahmad and Ashfaq were taken to the Allied Hospital in a critical condition.

Abdur Rashid, the doctor on duty, said the two had suffered burns to more than 80 per cent of their bodies.

A factory worker blamed the factory’s administration for lack of proper maintenance.

“The boiler had developed a fault a few days ago. The factory manager, however, asked the workers to continue their work,” he said on condition on anonymity.

The manager was not available for comment.

Hillman man, 22, dies in boiler explosion (4/20/2014)

April 20, 2014
Betsy Lehndorff , The Alpena News

HILLMAN A 22-year-old killed in an explosion at a Wellington Township residence was identified Sunday as Timothy T. Reynolds of Hillman. According to Sgt. Shane Smith of the Michigan State Police Alpena Post, Reynolds died Friday evening after a “catastrophic failure” of a wood-fired boiler inside an attached garage. Reynolds was standing in front of the boiler at about 5:45 p.m., when the explosion occurred, killing him and blowing out three sides of the garage. The home is located on Reider School Road. if “It got too hot and built up too much pressure, and the water jacket blew,” said Smith, who was on the scene. The blast also critically injured a 46-year-old woman, who was taken to Alpena Regional Medical Center and airlifted to Saginaw for treatment. Two other women and a 9-month old baby also were in the home at the time of the explosion, and were treated at the scene by the Hillman Fire Department and Hillman Ambulance, Smith said Sunday. MSP fire marshals investigated, and stated there was no indication that the explosion was due to criminal action. Meanwhile, the investigation is still open. Troopers eventually hope to talk to the injured woman about what happened, if she is able to remember, Smith said

One killed in boiler explosion (4/12/2014)

Press Trust of India
April 12, 2014

One person was today killed and three others were seriously injured after a boiler exploded in an industrial scrap godown in Mumbra near here, police and fire officials said.

According to Regional Disaster Control (RDMC) of the Thane Municipal Corporation the explosion took place at a unit in Gothegar on the Mumbra-Panvel Road this afternoon.

Santosh Kadam, Chief of RDMC said a person present inside the godown was charred to death in the explosion while three others received severe burn injuries.

The injured have been admitted to Thane Civil Hospital. The deceased is yet to be identified, fire brigade sources said.

Further investigations are underway.

Boiler explosions take lives, wreck property (4/10/2014)

THERE have been at least three instances reported in newspapers recently of people being killed when boilers exploded, highlighting just how dangerous boilers can be and the importance of adhering to safety regulations concerning their manufacture, installation, use and inspection.

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Last week, three people died and four were injured when a boiler they were using to steam their tobacco exploded in Hwedza. High pressure caused the boiler to explode.

The previous week, a Banket farm worker died when a makeshift boiler he was using to cure tobacco exploded.

Earlier in the week in Bulawayo a 24-year-old Nkulumane man was killed when a boiler he was working on at a factory called Driveshaft Centre exploded, ripping open his stomach. The force of the explosion was such that the boiler shot through the roof and landed on the roof of OK Mart, some 160 metres away.

Steam boilers are dangerous. They are packed with energy. They can explode with devastating force if not manufactured, installed and used with care and if not well maintained and periodically inspected by professional inspectors.

That is why there are regulations, the Factories and Works (Boiler) Regulations, RGN 279 of 1976, dealing with the manufacture, installation, use, maintenance and inspection of boilers.

That is why it is important to adhere to those safety regulations. It is why requirements for inspections should be seen as potentially life saving and not be regarded as an inconvenience. It is not worth taking shortcuts or using improvised boilers. People’s lives may be at stake.

Steam boilers play an important role, not only in agriculture and forestry, but in many industrial sectors, including the textile, sugar, tea and paper manufacturing sectors and in hospitals, prisons, hotels and power generation.

The steam energy produced is used for energising materials and machinery and for processing needs.

The regulations specify that equipment must be manufactured to a standard approved by the Chief Inspector of factories and Works under the supervision of an approved Independent Inspection Authority and that it should not be used without a valid certificate issued by Nssa upon satisfactorycommissioning under the supervision of a Nssa Inspector of factories and works.

Many users, especially in farming areas, are ignoring these requirements. They are taking risks with people’s lives.

Complying with the regulations is a legally binding obligation. However, there is a moral issue involved as well, since failure to comply with them is putting members of the family, employees and property at risk. Dangerous boilers can easily cause accidents, fatal accidents where people lose their lives as a result of using dangerous boilers.

Even where rigorous safety requirements have been observed in their manufacture and operation, boiler parts do wear out, creating structural weaknesses.

Boilers are subjectto corrosion, vibration, stress, pressure, fatigue, temperature differences, pulsation and erosion. These can eventually create dangerous conditions which require a trained inspector to detect them.

Boilers should be inspected regularly to maintain a safe work environment, control unsafe acts and conditions and ensure operational efficiencies.Inspections should be carried out by operators and at appointed times by qualified Nssa Factory and Works inspectors.

Inspection activities that operators can undertake include routine heat surveillance, draft or excess oxygen adjustment and assessing heat balance in the boiler.

The tasks they are required to undertake are normally itemised in unit operation manuals and itemised checklists, or programmed in portable “intelligent” devices. The significant results of these monitoring activities should be recorded in a unit log book.

It is dangerous to ignore the advice of a Nssa Factory and Works Inspector. A hazard that goes unnoticedor is discovered but not rectified can result in powerful explosions, such as those that occurred recently, taking lives and causing considerable damage not only to the boiler but to other property as well.

There are makeshift boilers being used on some farms which do not comply with any standard. They are hazards in themselves.

Corrosion or erosions caused by poor quality fuel, weather and feed water may cause thinning of the boiler shell. If this goes unnoticed, severe thinning may occur and lead to an explosion.

Excessive pressure, caused either by the absence orfailure of safety measures or insufficient release of contents through safety valves, can cause such a high build-up of pressure that an explosion may occur.

Other problems include a low water level, caused through incorrect operation, faulty feed pumps or leakage resulting in the burning of boiler tubes, bursting of the boiler shell in fire tube boilers or permanent deformation of the steel drum in water tube boilers.

There are three main causes of boiler loss or damage. These are human failure, product faults and operational errors.

Human failure includes faulty handling, negligence or wilful acts, which may include the operation of boilers without certificates.

To reduce the likelihood of loss due to human failure, it is necessary to select suitably trained people for the operation, maintenance and servicing of boilers. It is also necessary to install on the boiler easily noticeable fittings and control elements, warning devices and recovery mechanisms.

Manning levels should be adequate. Only government-approved persons should be allowed to service boilers. That is a legal requirement.

Operational faults include inadequate maintenance, overheating due to scaling and failure to measure and regulate the pressure. To guard against loss due to operational faults, regular servicing, maintenance and overhauling is important. There is need for constant control and inspection of measuring devices.

Product faults include faulty material, faulty design or construction and faults in workmanship or installation. To prevent loss due to product faults, there is need for purposeful inspections by Nssa Factory and Works Inspectors at appropriate times. Components that have led to damage to boilers as a result of deficiencies should be replaced when it is noticed that they are deteriorating.

To prevent catastrophes due to boilers exploding, it is important that all boilers are registered with and inspected by the Factories Inspectorate to ensure compliance with the safety regulations governing them and their use. Failure of legally registered and professionally operated boilers is rare in Zimbabwe.

The emergency services were called out to an Armthorpe holiday park last night, following a ‘boiler explosion’. (3/25/2014)

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue confirmed they attended an incident at the Woodward Lakes And Lodges Park on Holme Wood Lane at around 8.30pm.

A man, understood to be in his 60s, was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Woodward Lakes and Lodges Park declined to comment on the incident.

Worker killed, three hurt in factory boiler explosion (2/8/2014)

LAHORE

A LABOURER was killed and three other people sustained multiple injuries when the boiler of a factory exploded with a big bang in the Baghbanpura police area on Friday. The deceased was identified as Ilyas, 22, a resident of Bahawalnagar. He was father of a baby girl. Police have removed the body to morgue and started investigations. The injured were identified as Arshad, Altaf and Qasim. Workers told reporters that the boiler of the cardboard making factory exploded due to excessive pressure on Friday morning. As a result, the aforementioned people suffered multiple injuries. They were rushed to hospital where Ilyas succumbed to his injuries while the condition of other injured was stated to be critical. The incident created panic in the locality and people saved their lives by rushing out from their homes. Rescue 1122 reached the scene within no time and started rescue operation. Other workers of the factory remained unhurt.