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Accident: 202506309 - Employee Is Burned By Explosive Material

Accident: 202506309 -- Report ID: 0950663 -- Event Date: 12/15/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31106857112/26/20072892Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on December 15, 2007, Employee #1 loaded 25 grams of PE-240 explosive material into an automated weigh/load machine (PAC 3 Loader) at an explosives manufacturing facility. The dry powder form of PE-240, a static-sensitive, friction-sensitive, Class 1.3 pyrotechnic initiating material, consisted of zirconium metal, potassium perchlorate, and Viton. While Employee #1 was pouring the explosive PE-240 material into the weigh/load autoloader by hand, it initiated. As a result, Employee #1 sustained burns to his right arm and face and a closed nasal fracture. Employee #1 was airlifted to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA, where he was admitted to the ICU. The employer reported the accident to the Fremont District Office on December 16, 2007. The Fremont District Office transferred the accident report to the Northern California Process Safety Management District Office on December 19, 2007. It was noted that Procedure MP-90306-09 (titled "Igniter Assembly (PAC-3)") required that the PE-240 powder be loaded into the weigh/load device by a mechanical arm.
Keywords: burn, fracture, explosives, work rules, fire, nose, explosion, arm, face, pyrotechnics
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311068571 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Miscellaneous machine operators, n.e.c.

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