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May Lunch & Learn - Fire and Explosion Investigation: Rubber Recycling Facility
WEST, Inc.
415 W 17th St, #200
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Thursday, May 09, 2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM MDT
Category: Education


Joint Lunch & Learn with ASSP Rocky Mountain Chapter

Fire and Explosion Investigation: Rubber Recycling Facility

The storage and processing of rubber material introduces significant fire and explosive dust hazards. These hazards exist during all phases of raw material storage, processing and finished product storage. Once a pile of rubber products reaches a certain internal temperature, it becomes progressively more difficult to cool it. Once the threshold temperature is reached for the rubber products, runaway heating begins and a fire becomes likely, if not inevitable.

In August of 2014 a fully integrated rubber recycling company storing rubber mold flash and tire tread used as the feed stock for a recycling operation erupted in a fire and explosion.  The fire and explosion consumed both the production space in the facility consisting of rubber mold flash and tire tread stock storage, cryogenic granulating and milling areas, storage areas for crumb and ground rubber produced by the recycling operations, offices, restrooms and other ancillary spaces of the recycling facility. This presentation will outline the investigation of the fire, sometimes referred to as origin and cause investigation that determined the origin and the likely causes of the fire and explosions that occurred at the recycling facility.

Presenter Bio:

Mr. Klein is a Professional Engineer (P.E.), a Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) with Robson Forensic in the Charleston,  South Carolina office where he applies his expertise to forensic investigations involving injuries and economic loss claims.  Mr. Klein has extensive experience involving scientific-based investigation and analysis of fire and explosion incidents and specializes in manufacturing systems engineering, environmental, health and safety (EH&S) compliance, environmental management systems (EMS), industrial hygiene investigation and monitoring; hazardous materials management; process safety management (PSM); facility decontamination and demolition,  remediation system operations and maintenance; indoor air quality (IAQ) studies and laboratory data interpretation.

Venue:   WEST, Inc.

415 W 17th St, #200, CheyenneWyoming82001United States
Cost: $15
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