Blast probe finds 20 safety violations

Texas Tech investigators have linked a Jan. 7 laboratory explosion that severely injured a doctoral candidate to 20 surrounding violations of the university’s safety policy, according to documents released Monday.

University officials ordered the probe after a highly explosive chemical combusted in 29-year-old Preston Brown’s hands, sending him to University Medical Center with three severed fingers and a perforated eye.

In their April report to administrators, investigators concluded the chemistry department had failed to meet some 20 safety standards outlined in the university’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, or lab safety manual.

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