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UK: Flexicon has launched its Bulk-Out bulk bag discharging system for use in explosive environments. The model features a pneumatically-powered hoist and trolley to raise and position the bag inside the discharger frame, reducing the risk of potential sparks from electrical equipment or fork trucks that might be otherwise used for this function.
A Spout-Lock clamp ring forms a dust seal between the clean side of the bag spout and the clean side of the equipment, while a Tele-Tube telescoping tube maintains downward tension on the bag as it empties and elongates, promoting complete discharge of free- and non-free-flowing material from the bag. The all-stainless-steel construction is designed to withstand corrosive environments and allows rapid, thorough wash down with caustic cleaning solutions. The unit is available with a hopper and pneumatically-driven flexible screw conveyor, a tubular cable conveyor or a rotary airlock valve to feed material into a pneumatic conveyor line.
Togo: Four people were killed when a fuel tank exploded at the West African Cement (WACEM) plant in Tabligbo, the country's security minister has announced.
"Six workers were carrying out welding work on the roof of the tank when the tragedy happened. A total of four people died," said Colonel Yark Damehame to AFP. The explosion left one worker seriously injured and in intensive care. Another worker, an Indian national, is missing and a search is underway according to local media. A staff representative at the plant, Emmanuel Montcho, said that the Indian national was the foreman and that 13 workers in total had been working to repair the tank before the explosion.
Turkey: Turkish officials have said that an explosion at a cement plant in Kazan near Ankara has killed three employees. Chief of production Haluk Bilge, the plant's deputy manager Orhan Özer and an operations staff member Bayram Altın died in a resulting fire. Mayor Lokman Erturk said that two other workers were injured in the explosion and fire on 24 May 2015 at the plant. According to Erturk, the blast occurred while the workers were trying to fix a faulty boiler. The exact cause is under investigation.