The 2020 Combustible Dust Incident Report


Combustible Dust Incident

Factory fires are never good news, however, according to Dust Safety Science's 2020 Mid-Year Combustible Dust Incident Report, this year we have bittersweet numbers. Here are a few key takeaways from the report.

Dust Safety Science's  2020 Mid-Year Combustible Dust Incident Report


Materials Involved


Overall reduced but wood products are a growing percentage. Since 2017 wood products have been involved in one third of all combustible dust incidents. This year is trending towards a lower number but when counted as a whole, wood products account for over one third of combustible dust incidents.



Dust Safety Science's  2020 Mid-Year Combustible Dust Incident Report


Industries Involved


No surprise here, the wood industry remains as one of the industries with the most fires and explosions. Failing to take safety measures in a woodworking factory can bring catastrophic consequences, given how flammable wood dust can be. Check out this post on how technology can help you take these safety measures.


Dust Safety Science's  2020 Mid-Year Combustible Dust Incident Report


Equipment & Causes


From 2017 to 2019 the dust collector was among the most common causes for combustible dust incidents. This year, it is projected for that number to go down by nearly half. Investing in smart technology to properly manage wood dust would significantly bring that number down.



The only thing more important than profits in manufacturing, is safety. From catastrophic events such as covered in this report, to the health of employees, the losses are far too great to not be proactive.


Safety is one of the Key Benefits for our Ecogate System. If you're not sure if your dust collection system is up to code in all safety measures, please reach out to us. One of our engineers can work with you to not only make your factory a safer environment for your workers, but we may also help you lower your electricity costs.



Author, David Vera



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