2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 14:19:12 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] SAFETY, PERCHLORATE: Citation for Redstone (AL) explosion
Amtec Corp. cited for safety violations after explosion kills 2 workers

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Amtec Corporation, a contractor at the U.S. Army's Space & Missile Defense Command, Redstone Arsenal, in Huntsville, Ala., for safety violations following an explosion that killed two workers.

In May, two workers were killed after suffering third-degree burns over 90 percent of their bodies as a result of an explosion involving ammonium perchlorate and n-Butanol. The workers were attempting to purify the ammonium perchlorate by removing it from a mixture that also contained n-Butanol. A decanter centrifuge separated the ammonium perchlorate and n-Butanol mixture. During the separation process, an explosion occurred.

"Management knew the hazards associated with ammonium perchlorate recovery and failed to ensure the proper equipment was being used, while also allowing the workers to process the material in excess of 10 times the amount of explosives according to the Army's standard operating procedures," said Roberto Sanchez, OSHA's area director in Birmingham, Ala.


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