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Accident: 14457204 - Crushed By Unsecured Rocket Motor

Accident: 14457204 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 12/10/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
328059112/10/19843724Hercules Inc Aerospace Division
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS MOUNTING A ROCKET MOTOR ONTO A STATIC TEST STAND. THE MOTOR WAS TRANSFERRED INTO THE TEST BAY ON A CRADLE. IT WAS REMOVED FROM THE CRADLE BY TWO ELECTRICALLY OPERATED HYDRAULIC JACKS. THE JACKS WERE CONNECTED, VIA BALL AND PIN CONNECTORS, TO THE ROCKET MOTOR ABOUT 18 INCHES ABOVE FLOOR LEVEL. THE MOTOR WAS THEN BOLTED TO FOUR (4) YOKES AND SHEAR STANDS. THE MOTOR WAS UNHOOKED FROM THE HOIST JACKS BEFORE THE END BLOCKS HAD BEEN INSTALLED. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS UNDERNEATH THE MOTOR, REMOVING THE TEMPORARY TRACKS. THE MOTOR SHIFTED LONGITUDINALLY, TEARING LOOSE FROM TWO STANDS AND BADLY BENDING THE OTHER TWO. THE ROCKET MOTOR THEN DROPPED ONTO EMPLOYEE #1, CRUSHING HIM AGAINST THE SECURING BEAMS.
Keywords: rocket motor, unsecured, blocks, crushed, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3280591 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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