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Wall Rupture Of A Cereal Storage Silo And “domino Effect” On A Propane Tank

Wall rupture of a cereal storage silo and “domino effect” on a propane tank

  • Accident report
  • ARIA 35027
  • FRANCE
[...] 30 following the rupture of the walls of a 14,900 m³ “sheeting pile” silo built in 1989 and comprising 6 square storage bins (4 x 3 000 m³ + 2 x 1 400 m³) as well as two 66 m³ grain loading hoppers [...] A 95 m³ propane tank situated at about 15 m from the silo and supplying the grain dryer was partially buried due to the spilling of the grains causing a pipeline to break and LPG to leak by domino effect900 m³ “sheeting pile” silo built in 1989 and comprising 6 square storage bins (4 x 3 000 m³ + 2 x 1 400 m³) as well as two 66 m³ grain loading hoppers [...] shut down and monitor the premises, empty the cereal silo and inspect its condition [...] The re-commissioning of the silo was subject to a prefectoral decision empty the cereal silo and inspect its condition [...] Read more
Explosion Of A Malt And Barley Silo In A Malting House

Explosion of a malt and barley silo in a malting house

  • Accident report
  • ARIA 8781
  • FRANCE
[...] An explosion occurred at 2:15 pm inside the materials handling tower of a silo located at a malt house during repairs of the facility's slabs and installation of a dust removal systemAn explosion occurred at 2 [...] performed by 3 subcontracted employees. The filling ratio of silo cells was set at 12 performed by 3 subcontracted employees [...] causing the tower to collapse along with 8 of the 14 cells containing barley and malt. Flames could be seen at various spots inside the silo boundary causing the tower to collapse along with 8 of the 14 cells containing barley and malt [...] respectively). The instability of residual structures plus the tremendous pile of concrete rubble and spare equipment covered by grain strewn by the explosions severely complicated this rescue effort; the last victim was not removed from under the debris until 5 days later [...] Grain combustion raged another several days over the upper part of the cells that had not collapsed The instability of residual structures plus the tremendous pile of concrete rubble and spare equipment covered by grain strewn by the explosions severely complicated this rescue effort; the last victim was not removed from under the debris until 5 days later [...] Property damage, confined to the silo and its immediate surroundings over a distance approximately equal to the height of the installations Property damage [...] Read more
Explosion Of Fertiliser Grade Ammonium Nitrate At A Wholesale Facility

Explosion of fertiliser grade ammonium nitrate at a wholesale facility

  • Accident
  • ARIA 43846
  • ETATS-UNIS
[...] 1) and left a crater measuring 27 m in diameter and 3 m in depth. The blast wave completely levelled the site (four grain silos1) and left a crater measuring 27 m in diameter and 3 m in depth [...] The high school re-opened the day after the accident; the middle school re-opened five days later. One hundred and thirty-six tonnes of grain that had scattered across the plant was collected The high school re-opened the day after the accident; the middle school re-opened five days later [...] Read more

Rapeseed fire in a flat silo

  • Accident
  • ARIA 42833
  • FRANCE
[...] In a 15,000-tonne capacity flat siloIn a 15 [...] The burned rapeseed and immediately adjacent zones has been evacuated to the courtyard along with the loader at the beginning of the morning. The silos were completely drained over the subsequent days The burned rapeseed and immediately adjacent zones has been evacuated to the courtyard along with the loader at the beginning of the morning [...] A conveyor belt located near the upper footbridge plus lighting and electrical cables have sustained damage. Two rows of the silo's translucent roof tiles melted from exposure to the heat A conveyor belt located near the upper footbridge plus lighting and electrical cables have sustained damage [...] and 500 t of rapeseed were lost. According to the silo operator and 500 t of rapeseed were lost [...] drying) made it impossible to avoid this heating phenomenon. The silo thermometer had failed to detect any anomaly [...] and staff had been alerted due to the smell of hot grains inside the silo The silo thermometer had failed to detect any anomaly [...] improve the site's fire response protocol, introduce extinguishers into the flat silo and heed its obligations regarding accident/incident declarations improve the site's fire response protocol [...] Read more

12271

  • Accident
  • ARIA 12271
  • ETATS-UNIS
[...] packaged into 45 kg bags, resembled small brown grains (composition packaged into 45 kg bags [...] Fuel reserves ignited following the second explosion, as did a number of silos Fuel reserves ignited following the second explosion [...] Read more

Fire in a silo

  • Accident
  • ARIA 25575
  • FRANCE
[...] In a 10,000-m³ cereal silo (with 6In a 10 [...] workmen used a blowpipe to glue the sealant onto the inspection hatches. The dust stuck under the hatch burnt and incandescent particles fell onto grain piles causing their ignition workmen used a blowpipe to glue the sealant onto the inspection hatches [...] Read more

Fire in a silo‘s sunflower dryer

  • Accident
  • ARIA 42986
  • FRANCE
[...] Fire-fighters perforated the roof to evacuate the smoke and proceeded to cool the facility using 3 water nozzles. In accordance with the opinion offered by the local Fire Department "silo" technical expert [...] and upon agreement of the silo operator In accordance with the opinion offered by the local Fire Department "silo" technical expert [...] the operator drained this cell as well as the adjacent container; this transfer operation was completed on 3 November around 1 pm. Silo personnel assumed site monitoring duties on the weekend the operator drained this cell as well as the adjacent container; this transfer operation was completed on 3 November around 1 pm [...] Read more

Fire on a corn dryer

  • Accident
  • ARIA 43068
  • FRANCE
[...] At 6 pm, the combustion of corn in one of a silo's 2 dryers activated the "high temperature" detection alarm inside the exhaust air ductAt 6 pm [...] The drying column was cooled using extinguishers and the corn was drained under fire-fighter protection by installing a water hose. The grain was stacked within the courtyard The drying column was cooled using extinguishers and the corn was drained under fire-fighter protection by installing a water hose [...] 15 pm; first responders left the site 15 min later. The silo operator conducted monitoring rounds until midnight [...] A worn riveted plate attached to one of the dryer access hatches prevented grain from being discharged [...] causing the grain to heat in this sector adjacent to the burner zone A worn riveted plate attached to one of the dryer access hatches prevented grain from being discharged [...] The dryer was restarted the following Monday after cleaning and then replacing the heated brackets and clamping plates of the installation's 6 access hatches. The operator instituted a thorough inspection of all such plates on both dryers upon completion of each grain collection campaign The dryer was restarted the following Monday after cleaning and then replacing the heated brackets and clamping plates of the installation's 6 access hatches [...] Read more

Fire in a silo dryer

  • Accident
  • ARIA 44524
  • FRANCE
[...] a fire was detected by the temperature sensors of a dryer containing 40 tonnes of sunflower seeds in a silo at a farmers' co-op [...] The firefighters used two nozzles (one on a ladder). The electric utility cut off the site's electricity supply and the grain column was emptied via the dryer's slide gates The firefighters used two nozzles (one on a ladder) [...] Read more

Fire in a grain dryer of a silo

  • Accident
  • ARIA 44453
  • FRANCE
[...] A fire broke out at the bottom of a working dryer containing 15 tonnes of sunflower seeds. The dryer is located on the ground-floor level of the headhouse of a concrete flat-bottom silo [...] The silo had 11 open storage bins (8800 m³) and two 150-tonne hoppers for supplying the dryer The dryer is located on the ground-floor level of the headhouse of a concrete flat-bottom silo [...] m Smoke could be seen coming out of the silo's ground-floor levelm [...] and alerted the public firefighters. Forty firefighters brought the fire under control with water nozzles and by emptying the grain column and alerted the public firefighters [...] The cost of the 15 tonnes of sunflower seeds lost is estimated at €4500. The fire may have been started by overdried impurities in the grain column The cost of the 15 tonnes of sunflower seeds lost is estimated at €4500 [...] seeds were not cleaned before being dried. They also found irregularities regarding the silo and the storage of fertilizer on the site seeds were not cleaned before being dried [...] Read more