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   Posted 8/1/2005 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
My dh works as a millwright at a paper plant. He was alittle late getting home tonight and then told me how his day was.
He was just finishing up some work in one part of the plant, and I guess there are always fires smoldering here and there from the wood chips and sawdust that they keep an eye on as they can obviously ignite very quickly. He saw smoke from up on one of the catwalks that had sawdust on it (quite thick) and went up to investigate. Well, he made the mistake of moving it around with his foot to see where it was and BOOM! It just exploded! As it falls in a powdery form through the catwalk grating it continues to explode for several feet down. Then it goes UP and all around wherever the sawdust is. Like gasoline would follow the trail, so did this. Thank God it was not BEHIND him. He said he never knew he could run so fast for an old man and FLY down the stairs. He thought he was going to die as it was above him, beside him and the scariest thing, being below him. He thought the whole place he was in was going to blow!  It singed the hair on the back of his arms and his skin is pink. Thank God he had a hardhat covering his hair. This place preaches safety like you wouldn't believe, but they were trying to conserve water....?????!!!!! mad Good grief! He said when the guy came in and put the big hose on it it blew up like he put gas on it from the oxygen getting to it.
Anyway, just wanted to talk, my God, you just never know what tomorrow is going to bring.
Thanks for being here....L&H, Gail
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   Posted 8/1/2005 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG Gail! So glad this is a story that has a good ending. I bet OSHA is going to come down on the company now. Just glad to know your DH is all right. Hugs, Lauri
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   Posted 8/2/2005 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so happy and relieved your DH is OK.  Workplace accidents are so worrisome.  Thank God is right.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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   Posted 8/2/2005 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
OH Gail I can imagine your fright. I am so glad he is ok and hope everyone else and the plant is, too. Recently in our area there was a huge fire in a cleaning solvent plant. You may have seen it on the news, the explosions and fireballs were horrendous. Only four people were hurt and not as badly as they could have been. They have praised the training and safety plans the company put in place. I hope your husband's company has plans like that, too. Big hugs, MK

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   Posted 8/2/2005 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail, thank goodness he is OK!  What a scare! 
L & H,

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   Posted 8/3/2005 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Gail, I'll thank God too. I'm so glad he is OK. Yes, MK, I saw that on the news and that is the first thing I thought of when reading Gail's message. We sure don't know about tomorrow. I just went to a funeral for someone I know from church who was perfectly healthy and I spoke to her the week before she passed away. I was greeting at church when she came in with her husband, a very sweet and gracious man. I keep trying to remember when people try my patience that they may not be here tomorrow. I have been wondering how you are Gail. We'll have to talk soon. Lots of love and hugs, Di
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