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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200841781 - Employee Is Injured By Exploding Primers

Accident: 200841781 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 11/24/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30929238112/08/20082892Olin Corporation, Winchester Division
At approximately 7:15 a.m. on November 24, 2008, Employee #1, a 25-year-old employed at an explosives manufacturing facility, was sweeping up primers, which were small metal cups of explosive, into a dustpan. As she started to lift the dustpan, a few primers dropped and exploded upward. Employee #1's face, torso, shoulders, neck and head were injured, apparently burned, and she was hospitalized. Employee #1 was wearing safety glasses and hearing protection at the time of the accident. She had been working in her current position at the company for three years. Employee #1 was performing her regularly assigned job, which she had been trained to do. A safe job procedure was developed for the job but not for cleanup. The job involved a PSM (process safety management)-covered process, but no PHA (process hazard analysis) was developed for the cleanup task. Employee #1 performed the job daily, every two hours of her shift. Three other employees were in Employee #1's work cell at the time of the accident. The temperature was approximately 45 degrees (units not indicated), and it was cloudy. Employee #1 was using a corn broom and nonconductive dust pan. The primers may have dried out and become more explosive, possibly contributing to the accident.
Keywords: burn, head, explosives, shoulder, cleaning, torso, explosion, neck, process safety, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309292381 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Explosives workers

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