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Accident: 201119351 - Employee Is Injured In Chemical Explosion

Accident: 201119351 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 02/07/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12031474503/30/20053728Hi-Shear Technology Corp.
On February 7, 2005, Employee #1 was producing a batch of Zirconium Potassium Perchlorate at Hi-Shear Technology Corporation's Saugus Facility. He was wearing 100 percent cotton garments, conductive safety shoes, safety glasses, and an anti-static wrist strap. Without waiting for the mixture to dry thoroughly, he used a mortal and pestle to blend the material. When the material exploded, Employee #1 sustained a fractured left arm and shrapnel lacerations to his hands. He was hospitalized at Henry Mayo clinic for treatment. Employee #1 understood that he was working unsafely, contrary to his training.
Keywords: fracture, ppe, work rules, explosion, laceration, chemical reaction, arm, hand, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120314745 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Chemical engineers

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