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Accident: 14549042 - Flash Powder Exploded, Injuring Employee

Accident: 14549042 -- Report ID: 0951510 -- Event Date: 08/03/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1464131008/07/19848734Industrial Avialytical Laboratory Inc
ON AUGUST 3, 1984, AT APPROXIMATELY 11:45 AM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS USING A MORTAR AND PESTLE TO REDUCE CAKES OF FLASH POWDER TO A FINE POWDER. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS POUNDING A CAKE WHEN THE IT EXPLODED AND SET OFF THE REST OF THE POWDER. THE EXPLOSION FRAGMENTED THE MORTAR, PESTLE, AND POWDER CANTAINER. SMALL PIECES OF GLASS BECAME EMBEDDED IN EMPLOYEE #1'S FACE, NECK, AND ARMS; LARGER GLASS AND CERAMIC OBJECTS BECAME EMBEDDED IN HER LEGS. SHE ALSO SUFFERED A BROKEN RING FINGER. SHE WAS HOSPITALIZED.
Keywords: fracture, finger, explosion, neck, arm, powder, face, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14641310 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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