Better safe than sorry. Tomorrow marks the start of Dust Safety Week.
Associate Editor for Canadian Biomass magazine, Tamar Atik says while incidents aren’t very prevalent in B.C, there are some common dangers related to dust, which can be deadly.
“Inhaling dust is one danger for sure, explosions are another danger, especially in a sawmill environment, if proper practices aren’t implemented to clean dust out.”
Atik says most of these are preventable.
“I would say that the most dangerous thing is if you’re not cleaning properly. And that’s probably the main reason why these situations happen, if a fire starts, if some dust got stuck somewhere or didn’t get filtered out properly.”
She adds, throughout this week they’ll be sharing information about how to prevent dust related accidents.