The investigation of a devastating accident - An accidental explosion of 40 tons of TNT

  • Zhang G
  • Tang M
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Abstract

A disastrous explosion accident with the force of 40 tons of TNT occurred on February 9, 1991. The explosion origin was defined by witness tes- timony, material evidence and field investigation. Two primary causes of the explosion were identified through "event tree analysis" by elimi- nating non-relevant factors and conducting a detailed study on relevant factors. It has been concluded that this was a "human element accident" which occurred due to poor safety in production. Lessons learned from this accident are summarized. © 1993.

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Authors

  • Guo Shun Zhang

  • Ming Jun Tang

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