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Accident: 170020424 - Two Employees Killed When Explosive Powder Ignites

Accident: 170020424 -- Report ID: 0213100 -- Event Date: 07/19/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12224289407/20/19952892Dyno Nobel Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12224288607/21/19951541Gms Construction Inc.
At approximately 1:15 p.m. on July 19, 1995, Employees #1 and #2 were removing a damaged aluminum doorsill in the granulation building at Dyno Nobel Corporation. Employee #1, an operator that worked in the building, was overseeing the repairs. Employee #2 was a contractor's employee and was removing the sill with the help of another contractor's employee. The room where the repairs were being made was used to cure/store explosive powder used in the manufacturing of detonators. When Employee #2 struck a metal nail with a hammer he caused a spark that ignited the explosive powders. Employee #1 died instantly and Employee #2 died the following day from extensive burns. The other contractor's employee had left the building and was not injured.
Keywords: explosives, work rules, explosion, spark, burn, repair, fire, construction, powder
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 122242894 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported
2 122242886 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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