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Accident: 1000892 - Employee'S Hands Injured In Explosive Detonation

Accident: 1000892 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 02/10/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
303239802/14/19893569Walter Kidde Aerospace, Inc.
Employee #1 was working on the assembly of an actuating component of an aircraft fire suppression system. The component was a metal jacket or cartridge into which a charge of 0.16 grams of hexanitrostilbene (HNS) and 0.16 grams of lead azide was introduced. After introduction of the explosives, the cartridge was pressed and a Mylar disk was placed and set on the charge. During seating of the disk using the cotton tip of a Q-tip, the explosives detonated, causing severe injuries to both of Employee #1's hands. The cause of the premature detonation could not be determined.
Keywords: fire ext system, aircraft, explosives, explosion, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3032398 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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