THE STUDY OF MISSILES RESULTING FROM ACCIDENTAL EXPLOSIONS. A MANUAL FOR INVESTIGATORS.
Safety and fire protection bulletin.
DIVISION OF OPERATIONAL SAFETY (AEC) WASHINGTON DC
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Many years ago, the explosives industry developed a technique which is thorough and which will, in practically all cases, permit the investigators to determine the exact cause, which is necessary to establish the correct remedial action to prevent recurrence. The technique was passed down in the explosives industry through training and actual experience by participating in the investigations but nowhere in the literature could one find information on the methods and technique recorded. The author, who is an expert on explosives accidents, recognized the need for an investigators manual and, after researching explosives accidents back through a period before World War I, published in 1947, The Study of Missiles Resulting from Accidental Explosions-- A Manual for Investigators, reproduced herein. Although the manual was written primarily with the explosives safety engineer in mind, it is an excellent guide useful to safety specialists in any industry. The uniqueness of the method described in this manual is largely one of thoroughness. Every obtainable fragment or missile must be studied promptly after the explosion. Every missile bears marks which reveal its history during the explosion. Some of these missiles will tell much others have a story of little value provided their testimony does not negate the final conclusion.
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