Latest IFW Expo Update

Sneak Peek Fact

Keynote Speaker:

Alan Brunacini

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

U.S. Ink

CSB names poor design and failure to test dust collector among causes of 2012 New Jersey flash fire

A report issued by the Chemical Safety Board states that the dust collection system at a New Jersey ink plant was so flawed it only took a day to accumulate enough combustible dust and hydrocarbons in the duct work to overheat, ignite spontaneously, causing a fiery explosion in the rooftop dust collector in 2012 that enveloped seven workers.

U.S. Ink is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical, a global graphic arts corporation which has some 9,000 employees worldwide. U.S. Ink manufactures black and color-based inks at seven U.S. locations including East Rutherford., NJ. A key step in the ink production process is mixing fine particulate solids, such as pigments and binders, with liquid oils in agitated tanks. 

“The findings presented in the CSB report under consideration show that neither U.S. Ink nor its international parent company, Sun Chemical, performed a thorough hazard analysis, study, or testing of the system before it was commissioned in early October 2012, CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso said.

"The original design was changed, the original company engineer retired prior to completion of the project, and no testing was done in the days before the operation of the black-ink pre-mixing room production was started up," Moure-Eraso said.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Recent Incidents
Jan 28
Hopewell, VA: An explosion rocked a chemical plant. More Information

Jan 28
Auckland, New Zealand: Firefighters contained a blaze at a furniture factory in a short period of time. More Information

Jan 27
Hadley, UK: Fire broke out in a furnace fan at a factory. More Information

Jan 27
Portland, OR: Fire ignited in a paint booth at a truck manufacturing plant. More Information

Jan 27
Wellsville, KS: Fire broke out at a plant that recycles paper and wood products. More Information

Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition

The EERC have jointly produced a video documenting Ethanol Firefighting Foam test results.
View Video >>


Site Search

Featured Links

West Virginia alert system's flaws highlighted during January power plant emergency
3 Chinese convicted in Italian factory fire that killed 7
Canadian fuel plant owner pleads guilty to six charges in October 2012 fire
CSB releases safety bulletin on 2010 anhydrous ammonia incident near Mobile, AL
Spate of U.S. refinery shutdowns may worsen crude woes
IMSSCO donates marine firefighting equipment to union training schools
RE-HEALING™ fluorine-free foam provides enhanced fire safety and environmental sustainability
RE-HEALING™ foam named winner of EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award
Job posting for an industrial firefighter position
Solberg's RE-HEALING flourine-free foam achieves FM approval certification

P: (979) 690-7559
F: (979) 690-7562

Content & Feeds

Download Magazine
Download Media Kit


Feedback Form
Privacy Policy
Ads & Marketing

IFW Sites

IFW Store
IFW Gallery



Thank you for visiting! Join us in our mission by subscribing to IFW magazine, planning to attend our annual conference, using our Web accessible resources, becoming an exhibitor and advertiser, or sharing your personal input.