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Accident: 14465314 - Employee Killed, Others Injured When Gunpowder Explodes

Accident: 14465314 -- Report ID: 0636900 -- Event Date: 12/03/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10149251003/29/19895941Barrett Grocery Company, Inc.
Employees #1 through #4 were working in a sporting goods department when Employee #1 picked up a 5 lb can of Dupont smokeless powder P.D. off the top shelf in the southwest corner of the room. The can exploded, severely burning Employee #1. He was killed. Employee #2 sustained multiple burns. Employees #3 and #4 were asphyxiated. The explosion may have been caused by the gunpowder can touching some Greenfield electric conduit next to the top shelf where the gunpowder was stored.
Keywords: burn, asphyxiated, explosives, work rules, explosion, powder
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101492510 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 101492510 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 101492510 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 101492510 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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