A grain dust explosion at a facility may be the most traumatic event a grain company will ever face. In the first hours after the explosion occurs, there needs to be a team in place to address all of the issues that will be coming at the company in rapid succession.
All of the following recommendations should be ready to be implemented even when the fires may still be burning. Some of these are common-sense observations. Others may be issues a grain company has never considered.
1. Contact your insurance company immediately
When an explosion occurs, your first priority is the well-being of anyone injured in the accident. Then, while this may seem obvious, it is imperative that your insurance company be notified immediately of the event. While the grain company may never have encountered a tragedy such as this, the odds are that the insurance company has been confronted with previous large scale losses, and a team of experts can be assembled in a relatively short period of time.
Remember, this is why you pay your insurance premiums. Your insurance carrier most likely has worked with the following individuals/entities who can be retained and begin to put a plan of action in place: