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Accident: 200553113 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Pyrotechnic Unit

Accident: 200553113 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 10/23/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30596162510/24/20039999Aecom Gov Services Inc
Employee #1 was participating in an Army training evolution within the confines of the Fort Polk Ordnance Range. He was responsible for remotely activating a pyrotechnic unit. The unit was approximately 1-foot-long with the general description of a small missile and known as a Smokey Sam. The Smokey Sam was utilized by the Army at Fort Polk as a simulator for a Soviet Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG). The employee, along with three coworkers, four Army observers, and a squad of Army trainees were 60 to 75 meters downrange of the pyrotechnics launch site. Employee #1 was given the command to fire the unit, and when he did, the unit struck him in the face, killing him. A preliminary investigation by the Fort Polk Safety Director indicated that the unit deflected off a tree branch and then a tree trunk before striking the employee. At the time of the accident, the employee was wearing a kevlar helmet and a high impact flack jacket.
Keywords: struck by, face, pyrotechnics
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305961625 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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