Construction Dust Should Never Cause a Hospital Trip

In Dust Control, RoadOyl®, Soil-Sement® by Jim Silva

Construction dust from a local wind farm sent an Ontario family to the emergency room. That should never happen — Midwest’s products protect families and keep dust on the ground.

Recently, a St. Anns, Ontario family of five was forced into the hospital when dust from a local wind farm inundated their home, according to Niagara This Week. The two adults and three children sought help after they experienced acute and extreme discomfort, and are still unsure about the long-term consequences they may face.

Unfortunately, hazardous construction dust is all too abundant in our towns and cities, and incidents like the one in St. Anns are too common. The side effects of the dust are well documented (detailed here by DustBoss), and can cause lasting disease and damage to the human body. Fortunately, these hazards can be easily avoided by taking the proper precautions.

A Closer Look

On an ordinary day this past July, the local family was relaxing in their home when a cloud of dust began to settle over them. They proceeded to experience coughing, trouble breathing, burning throats, and teary eyes.

One of the family members described the incident: “I couldn’t breathe. It was a very horrible, horrible feeling.” The family is taking legal action against the nearby wind farm and encouraging other victims to do the same.

What occurred in St. Anns was extremely unfortunate for both the family and the wind farm. The family was exposed to a hazard through no fault of their own, and the wind farm now must deal with the repercussions of an accident that could have been easily avoided.

Experts in Dust Control

When a company is dealing with a hazardous dust situation, their first call should be to Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc. We offer forty years of experience in the field, attesting to the demonstrated success and adaptability of our products — and many of those dust control solutions could have made all the difference in St. Anns.

Take, for instance, Soil-Sement®, a patented polymer emulsion that binds dust to the site surface, eliminating airborne particulate. The formula controls matter on a molecular scale, ensuring that your work area stays clean and free of hazardous particles.

The catastrophe could’ve also been prevented with RoadOyl®, a high-performance treatment for bare earth areas and unpaved road surfaces. It is appropriate for use in close proximity to wetland areas and other areas of environmental sensitivity.

Try Midwest Today

Industrial work is necessary — it provides the raw resources and energy that our world demands. And while hazards like the one in St. Anns are an unfortunate side effect of those operations, companies like Midwest make prevention simple. Check out our site today and see how we can help you and your business stay successful and safe.

Jim is Midwest’s Business Unit Manager for Global Mining. He is experienced in operations management, asset management, and business improvement.