Jim Yeater, CFPS and Stephen Dale, P.E. gave an excellent presentation on an injection molding fire they investigated for Cincinnati Insurance Companies.  Included with the presentation was a fantastic video that captured the actual fire event!  From fireball to sprinkler knockdown, attendees were able to analyze the whole explosive process and view occupant response. 



Presentation Summary:

Plastic part fabrication via injection molding is an F-1 occupancy per the OBC and an Extra Hazard Group 1 occupancy per NFPA 13.  There are several hazards associated with injection molding, and preventing and controlling fires in these occupancies can be challenging.  This presentation will review the operation and hazards associated with plastic injection molding, discuss minimum protection and suppression requirements, and share information from a recent fire loss in an injection molding plant.  Video of the fire will be shown along with a discussion of lessons learned.  


Jim Yeater, CFPS

Loss Control Sr. Technical Specialist - Property

Jim is a Senior Property Technical Specialist at Cincinnati Insurance Co.  A Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Jim provides property and life safety technical support to our underwriting teams, agents and clients. The primary focus of his position is evaluating fire protection systems and special hazards and coaching our loss control professionals in these areas. He is an accomplished loss control specialist, served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 25 years, and currently serves on the NFPA 664 committee.  Jim has also served on the board of the local water authority and is active with local non-profit groups in the Vanlue, OH, area.

Stephen Dale, PE

Loss Control Technical Specialist Manager

A technical specialist manager at Cincinnati Insurance, Stephen is responsible for technical property loss control issues and for supervising property and liability specialists in the Loss Control department. Stephen was a volunteer firefighter for nearly 10 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in fire protection and safety, is a licensed engineer in fire protection, and currently serves on four NFPA committees, including two for NFPA 101, NFPA 664 and NFPA 32.