January, 2021

This is a repeating event

202107JanAll 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 errorIncident:Runaway reaction explosionHazard:ReactiveCause:Organized ProceduresImpact:HUMAN (On Site Injuries)Consequence:< 100 InjuriesMaterial:NHP

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


Image credit: CSB

Origin

CSBUS Chemical Safety Board

Time

Thu 7 Jan 2021 - Thu 7 Jan 2021

Location

Texas Tech University

Chemistry Building, Lubbock, TX 79409

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