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Accident: 200352961 - Six Employees Died From Combustible Dust Explosion

Accident: 200352961 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 01/29/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30613918901/29/20033061West Pharmaceutical Services
On January 29, 2003, combustible dust was ignited and caused an initial explosion in the Milling Room, which dislodged ceiling tiles, steel beams, and wall panels. The explosion created a large quantity of combustible dust in suspension, which was added fuel to the blast wave from the first explosion, creating a second and larger explosion that exited through the roof of the northeast tower section of the building. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were killed in the explosion and Employees #4, #5, and #6 died later from their injuries at the UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill, NC.
Keywords: explosion, combustible dust
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306139189 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 306139189 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 306139189 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Stock handlers and baggers
4 306139189 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Stock handlers and baggers
5 306139189 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
6 306139189 Fatality Fracture Janitors and cleaners

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