In a 3,000 m² vinegar factory, a 150 m³ tank containing 40 m³ of alcohol vinegar exploded at around 9:40 a.m. while undergoing welding work. The tank, measuring 13 m in height and 4 m in diameter, was projected like a missile. It flew through the roof and landed 80 m from the building, on the Nîmes-Grau du Roi railway line. The emergency rescue services took 2 injured employees to the hospital, one of whom had been badly burned. Rail traffic was interrupted. The spilt alcohol was collected in the holding tank. The building adjoining the [...]
At 6.10 am, a wood dust explosion rocked a panel manufacturing plant in a 360 m³ silo containing 30 m³ of dry chips (silo A). The accident occurred while the reservoir was being emptied, just 5 days after an earlier fire at the site (ARIA No. 28990). The silo involved in this accident is adjacent to a second dry chip silo (silo B) having a capacity of 360 m³.The production crew and the site's firemen initiated the manual water injection systems inside and around silos A and B and inside the redler conveyors that supply silo A. The 30 external [...]
In a cattle-feed plant during the ensilage of rape oil cakes, an explosion occurred on the return leg of a bucket elevator inside a horizontal silo while maintenance works (grinding and welding on a Redler conveyor) were ongoing in a shared room occupied by several material handling devices. Secondary blasts detonated both inside the elevator and on the adjoining storage zone. Fire broke out in the dust accumulated on the ground and structures. The 2 employees carrying out the ensilage operation were severely burned; one of them died several mo [...]
Gases rich in hydrogen sulphide (H2S) killed 2 employees at a natural algae-based food additive factory.
The insoluble fractions derived from the gelling agent extraction process, not directly usable in the finished product, are recovered on a filtering soil (perlite) then pressed. The filter cakes are then lixiviated (a salt removal process) on 0.5 ha of land prior to composting. The drippings flow into 2 sumps, one of which is equipped with an effluent lifting pump for treatment at a processing station. The discharge hose sometimes disconnect [...]