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California occupational safety inspectors have concluded that Scaled Composites LLC's failure to properly train workers about the dangers of nitrous oxide was a contributory factor to the explosion which last July killed three workers at the company's Mojave testing facility. The victims were testing a rocket motor for …

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Coat

Nitrous Oxide eh?

...that's no laughing matter.

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Spare Change

So a little over $8600 per dead worker (the remainder should cover the injured). Industrial safety is cheap in California! I assume the families' lawyers will crank the total up.

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@Andrew

But it's a real gas!!

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Terrible jokes

Join my NO2badjokes protest!

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Coat

@terrible jokes

hilarious, unfortunately it's N20

the lab coat please...

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CEO

just spray the CEO's ankles with of liquid nitrogen :)

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Flame

Hippy crack / just say no!

Especially in railcar quantities.

It's unsurprising that a lot of these high-altitude rocket (sorry, "space") efforts have difficulty getting oxidiser from understandably wary suppliers.

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