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Accident: 170842918 - Employee'S Is Injured While Using Pest Control Gun

Accident: 170842918 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 01/13/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12553061801/19/20054953Redwood Landfill
On January 13, 2005, Employee #1, with Redwood Landfill, was using pest control pyrotechnics (also known as "bird bombs") to scatter birds near Novato Airport. While using both hands to fire a 15 mm pyrotechnic shell from a Record 6 mm Weinbert signal pistol, the shell detonated in the pistol's barrel. Employee #1 was hospitalized for an amputation of the tip of his left ring finger. The pyrotechnic shells are designed to explode about 50 ft from the gun.
Keywords: amputated, gunshot, airport, finger, equipment failure, landfill, pyrotechnics
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125530618 Hospitalized injury Amputation Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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