Episode 31: The Westwego grain elevator disaster

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Episode 31: The Westwego grain elevator disaster

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  1. Steven B says:

    On the Inerting proposal : usually you pump Nitrogen or Argon into the workspace to reduce the oxygen content to prevent the fire, and also reduce the water content of our the atmosphere to prevent the electrical breakdown through the air which can result from a static discharge. The problem with this solution is 1) expensive and hard to control over such large areas in the elevator and silos and 2) the big problem, is that now you have a different set of OSHA requirements to mess with as the inert gases pose a suffocation risk to employees as the low oxygen level doesn’t sustain life well. My own job needs the inert process to reduce the static breakdown but those OSHA rules keep us from doing it and we are talking of needing to only vacate some 10 cubic inches.

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