Agricultural Dust Explosions

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Agricultural Dust Explosions


The Agricultural Dust Explosions collection is a donated research collection from Dr. Robert W. Schoeff, who devoted over 30 years of his career at Kansas State University’s Department of Grain Science and Industry to the study and prevention of agricultural dust explosions. As an expert in grain elevator safety, he compiled detailed accounts of explosion incidents across the United States, which he cataloged in annual reports from 1980 to 2005. He created and collected slide photographs of dust explosion sites that he employed in analysis and educational programs for government and industry. Dr. Schoeff’s expertise was called upon in numerous investigations, and his collection of articles, reports, and primary resource materials comprised one of the most comprehensive knowledge bases of this topic in the country. He produced a series of educational videos, Deadly Dust I, II, and III that are used in at least 38 countries, and has presented lectures and seminars in 24 U.S. states and four continents.

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