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Old 10-29-2019, 11:24 AM   #1
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Weird sawdust or powder coming from several pallets


This is at the warehouse where I work. The boss and I can't figure out what is causing this strange sawdust or powder to come out of a couple of pallets that we have products (cases of motor oil) stored on.

My first thought is some kind of insect but we haven't seen anything on or around the pallets. Last time this happened, we pulled the pallet out, cleaned up the powder, and put the pallet back. Nothing re-appeared for over a month so we kind of forgot about it. Now, all of a sudden over this past weekend, the exact same powder reappeared.

A couple other pallets are showing the same condition. They are randomly located around the warehouse floor, and not touching or right next to each other.

Any thoughts? These were the best pictures I could get with my iPhone, but I can always try something different if needed.

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That was my first thought also but I'm not seeing the tell tail tiny holes that look like someone stabbed it with an ice pick.
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If I was worried I would have it tested.
Do we know the pallets were clean when they arrived.
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That was my first thought also but I'm not seeing the tell tail tiny holes that look like someone stabbed it with an ice pick.
I think that's because the picks were taken looking down, I'll bet if the pallets were flipped upside down the holes would be there
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