In memory of those who have lost their lives in laboratory accidents

by jeeg 10. May 2011 23:23

* Dr. Nanaj Bhamare            2011, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Contractor dies following lab explosion

* Michelle Dufault                  2011, Yale University, Chemistry Department lathe

* Nilamma                             2011, Mysore, India, Alcohol fire

* Sheri Sangji                         2009, UCLA, T-butyllithium fire

* Ronald Daigle                      2008, Ontario, Windsor Pharmaceutical, Poisoning, trimethylsilydiazomethane

* Dominique Burget                2006, France, National Inst. of Higher Learning in Chemistry, Ethane explosion

* Tarun K. Mal                       2005, Cleveland State University, Electrocution

* Antonina Presnyakova           2004, Russia, Vektor Res. Ctr., Ebola infection

* Unknown                             2003, Rochester, NY, Industrial lab explosion

* Scott Spjut                           2003, West Valley City, UT, Forensic scientist, rifle discharge

* Unknown                             2001, Warclaw, Poland, Professor killed in explosion

 

* Set Van Nguyen                    2001, Australia Animal Health Laboratory, Nitrogen suffocation

 

* Unknown                             2000, New York City, Columbia Medical Center, Nitrogen suffocation

* Unknown                             1999, Scotland, Nitrogen suffocation

* Unknown                             1999, Edmonton, Canada, Agat Laboratories, toluene inhalation death

* Julian Szeicz                         1998, Queen University (Canada), Geology Professor killed in avalanche

* Elizabeth Griffin                    1997, Atlanta, Yerkes Primate Center, Rhesus monkey, Herpes B virus infection

* Karen Wetterhahn                 1997, Dartmouth College, Dimethylmercury poisoning

* Ray Rudelis                           1996, Florida Petroleum Research Lab, Acetylene explosion

* Unknown                              1996, New York City, Discarded hydrofluoric acid kills sanitation worker

* Unknown                              1995, Hong Kong, Graduate Student, exposure to unreported spill by Ph.D.

* Unknown                              1995, San Diego, UCSD biology grad student, hanta virus exposure in field work

* Unknown                              1994, Collegeville, PA, Sterling Winthrop Pharmaceutical, Electrocution

* Unknown                              1994, Australia, Palynolab Resources, Hydrofluoric acid exposure

* Dennis Park                           1993, Elkton, MD, Thiokol, Rotary evaporator flask explosion

* Unknown                               1993, Pasadina, TX, High school student drowns on biology field trip

* Unknown                               1992, Stanford Research Institute, CA, Hydrogen/oxygen explosion

* Unknown                               1992, Pittsfield, MA, GE Plastics Research Center, Centrifuge explosion

* Unknown                               1992, Pennsylvania, Merck research lab pressure vessel explosion

* Unknown                               1992, Edwardsville, IL, SIU, hydrogen explosion drying solvent

* Dr. Theo Annin                      1991, Western Ontario University, Ether fire in fume hood

* Unknown                               1991, Checotah, OK, Cyanide poisoning

* Unknown                               1990, New Jersey physics student electrocuted

* Unknown                               1990, Okinawa, Japan, High school student drowns during oceanography class

* Unknown (2)                          1989, Michigan, Two analysts die from exposure to Herpes B virus in lab

* Dawn Collins                          1988, Tacoma, WA, Pierce College, A&P lab drinking saline mistakenly containing sodium azide

* Unknown (4)                          1988, McMasterville, Quebec, CIL Explosives & Tech Center, lab explosion kills four

* Unknown                               1988, California high school custodian goes into coma and dies following inhalation of old chemicals discarded in dumpster      

* Unknown (3)                          1987, NJ Arsine explosion, three died

* Unknown                                1986, Friendship Moscow State University Chemistry and Chemical Engineering building fire kills Ph.D. student from India

* Unknown                                1985, Bedford, MA, Lincoln Lab worker dies from exposure to undetected arsine leak

* Unknown                                1983, San Antonio, TX, Lee High School student electrocuted in science lab

* Unknown                                1983, San Francisco, CA, USF Medical Center, Maintenance worker dies from exposure to Q-Fever from sheep used in lab experiments.

* Unknown                                1982, Michigan, Lab technician dies from burns sustained trapped in cage cleaning autoclave

* Unknown (2)                           1981, Corning, NY, Corning Sullivan Research Facility HF tank leaked.  Two killed in clean up

* Unknown                                 1981, Kazakstan, Russia, National Academy of Science refrigerator ether explosion and fire

* Unknown                                 1980, Boston, MA, University of Massachusetts female student dies drinking water from a lab faucet in a “clean” beaker

* Sunny Su                                 1979, Dartmouth, MA, University of Massachusetts, grad student in solvent explosion and fire

* Unknown                                 1979, Arizona State University organic extraction solvent fire kills graduate student in geochemist’s   laboratory

* Unknown                                  1979, Washington State, High school student died when the nitroglycerine he had synthesized blew up in his pocket 

* Unknown                                 1978, College Park, MD, Baptist Community School, Custodian dies in closet making carbon dioxide “smoke” from dry ice 

* Janet Parker                              1978, Medical School at Birmingham University (Britain), 40-year-old medical photographer from laboratory exposure to smallpox.

* Unknown                                 1977, Lab worker dies from exposure to herpes-B virus from Rhesus monkey

* Unknown                                 1976, Texas high school student dies of injuries sustained in alcohol fire.  He was trying to refill the lamp while it was still lit

* Unknown                                 1976, Arizona State University graduate student trapped in lab fire

* Unknown                                 1976, Enschede, Netherlands, Technische Hogeschool Twente, Organic chemist died of edema from methylfluorosulfate exposure. 

* Unknown                                 1975, Westbrook, Maine, High school student electrocuted with 800-volt transformer

* Unknown (14)                          1974, Brisbane, Australia, Thirteen children and the teacher were killed in the explosion when the teacher tried to demonstrate how to make a rocket engine

* Unknown                                1974, Stanford University, Grad student killed from broken lid flying off vacuum desiccator

* Unknown                                1972, Cambridge, MA, MIT grad student electrocuted working on live circuits

* Unknown (2)                            1972, New Haven, CT, Olin-Matheson, Solid propellant explosion kills two lab workers

* Unknown                                 1971, University of Washington, Bagley Hall, Explosion and fire while pouring waste solvent kills P-Chem undergraduate.

* Unknown                                 1969, University of Washington, Sodium explosion in physical chemistry lab kills student

* Ray Kemp                               1968-9, Columbus, OH, Ohio State University, Potassium cyanide poisoning

* Unknown                                1967, P-Chem undergrad died of burns sustained in an explosion and fire possibly caused by making cleaning solution with nitric instead of sulfuric acid

* Unknown                                1966, Port Evan, NY, Hercules Powder Company, chemist killed in explosion

* Unknown                                1966, Selden, NY, Suffolk Community College, Lab instructor died from injuries sustained when he dropped a jar of sodium.  There was a fire and explosion.

*  Unknown                               1966, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University grad student killed when struck by unchained gas cylinder that falls, shears off valve and goes through cinderblock wall.

* Unknown                               1966, Providence, RI, Brown University biology grad student electrocuted doing electrophoresis

* Unknown                               1966, Westbrook, Maine, High school student electrocuted learning to use oscilloscope in Physics class

* Unknown                               1964, Western Australia, Palynolab Resources PTY ltd, lab technician dies from 70% HF exposure (here of 1994?)

* Unknown                               1963, Alabama, Morton Thiokol, solid propellant explosion

* Unknown                               1958, Michigan State University, Grad student killed when distilling thiophene detonated in chemistry lab

* Unknown                               1956, A research chemist’s unauthorized experiment exploded killing a colleague

* Unknown (2)                          1955, Bayside, NY, Sylvania Electric Lab, Explosion killed two when a hot crucible fell into a barrel of thorium dust powder.

* Unknown                               1954, Indian Harbor, Indiana, New employee killed trying to cut the top off a 55-gallon drum.  It exploded

* Unknown                               1953, Chicago, Morton Salt, Chemist killed in explosion opening bottle containing peroxides

* Unknown                               1946, University of Chicago Physics professor dies as result of an accident involving and radioactive materials

* Unknown                               1940, Illinois, Graduate student killed in explosion of chemicals stored in a household refrigerator.

* Unknown                               1929, Hungary, Science teacher killed in demonstration involving potassium metal

* Unknown                               When? A chemistry teacher dropped a piece of sodium in a fish tank.  The explosion killed one student

* Unknown (168)                      1930-1978, 168 deaths from laboratory acquired infections (C.H. Collins, Laboratory Acquired Infections, Buttersworth, 1988)

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