MARTIN ENGINEERING

Controlling fugitive dust emissions on limestone conveyor transfer point

Respiratory issues associated with limestone extraction and processing are among the oldest recognized workplace safety hazards. Modern limestone handlers often take a number of safety measures, including masks, respirators, enclosed processing systems, sprinklers, hoses and/or frequent cleaning schedules. 

Beyond potentially increasing the cost of operation, cumbersome equipment and unpleasant cleaning procedures all add to processing costs and can take a toll on staff morale. However, some operators, like those at the Singleton Birch Ltd Quicklime production facility in the east central United Kingdom, are turning to solutions that address the dust at the point of emission to reduce risk and enhance workplace safety.

“Plant safety is one of our chief concerns,” said Chris Smith, Lime Maintenance Leader at Singleton Birch. “We strive to balance productivity with a good working environment, and...

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