January, 2010

This is a repeating event

201007JanAll DayTexas Tech University Explosion 2010Texas Tech University Lubbock (US-TX) Origin: CSB Lessons:Audits & Reviews,Commitment & Culture,Operating Procedures,Risk AssessmentIndustry:LaboratoryCountry:United StatesLanguage:ENLoC:Operator error

Summary

An explosion severely injured a graduate student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, in the chemistry department during the handling of a high-energy metal compound, which suddenly detonated. Texas Tech had entered into an agreement with Northeastern University, which holds a contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to study the high-energy materials.

KEY ISSUES:
• LABORATORY SAFETY MANAGEMENT FOR PHYSICAL HAZARDS
• HAZARD EVALUATION OF EXPERIMENTAL WORK IN RESEARCH LABORATORIES
• ORGANIZATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY & OVERSIGHT OF SAFETY


Image & AcciMap Credit: CSB

Origin

CSBUS Chemical Safety Board

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