Five Dominant Fatality Mechanisms in One Scenario

One of the major advantages of doing quantitative risk analyses (QRA) is that it takes into account all of the the five major hazard mechanisms in an explosives event.  Those mechanisms are full body displacement from overpressure, lacerations from broken glass, injury from building collapse, and being struck by vertical or horizontal debris.

Usually two or three mechanisms share dominance in a particular scenario as one moves downrange from ground zero.  But recently we came across a few scenarios where all five mechanisms have dominance at some point. Continue reading