A grain processing company re-processed spent grain to improve its price for the stockfeed market. The plant suffered a longer than usual power failure that caused a large quantity of moist warm grain to stockpile inadvertently. By early the next morning, a fire started, which caused significant damage to the major process equipment item (the Main Fan) with minor smoke damage to the associated ducting and process units (Main Cyclone and Dryer). The plant was offline for over two months. CNF was brought on board to determine the cause of the incident.
CNF undertook a thorough site investigation, gathering evidence and interviewing key parties. This allowed us to pinpoint the cause of the fire as well as failures in the plant’s system and to provide a thorough briefing for the owner’s legal team.