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  1. Lesson Learned- Injury Caused by High Voltage Capacitor Discharge

    What happened? A campus employee working in an electronics shop was repairing a power supply unit. The cooling fan had not been working properly, causing the unit to overheat. The employee replaced the defective cooling fan and then reached into the open ...

  2. Lesson Learned- Ladder Fall Results in $19,125 Fine and Serious Injury

    In 2008 and 2009 UC Berkeley experienced two serious injuries resulting from falls from ladders. 2009 Incident During the summer a campus employee was disassembling equipment attached to a wall. He was using a wooden step ladder that had been left on site ...

  3. Lesson Learned- Laser Safety in Research Laboratories

    In April 2003, the Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety Committee (NIRSC) informed the laser research community that a serious laser eye injury had occurred on the UC Berkeley campus. The campus Laboratory Safety Officer (LSO) performed an investigation of the i ...

  4. Lesson Learned- Missing Guard on Incubator Fan Injures Post Doc

    What happened? A post doctoral researcher was reaching into a New Brunswick Scientific Model G-25R Shaker Table Incubator to clean up a spill when her right hand got caught in the spinning exhaust fan blade.  She lacerated her middle finger and lost part ...

  5. Lesson Learned- Needlestick from Regular Trash

    What happened? An employee in Campus Recycling & Refuse Services was stuck by a needle while emptying trash bags from a dumpster behind Wellman Hall. The incident happened early in the morning, and the employee sought immediate off-site medical care. ...

  6. Lesson Learned- Oleylamine Chemical Burn

    What happened? A laboratory researcher suffered a delayed chemical burn after only a few drops of a highly corrosive organic chemical splattered on his unprotected left forearm. The burns first appeared hours after exposure, got worse overnight, and event ...

  7. Lesson Learned- Peroxide Explosion Injures Campus Researcher

      Hazardous peroxide contaminants formed in old solvent and exploded after concentration.   What happened? An undergraduate student researcher was working at the laboratory bench when the apparatus she was using exploded, sending glass fragments into her ...

  8. Lesson Learned- Pressurized Dewar Cap is Blown Off and Causes Minor Injury

    What happened? In July 2008, a guest scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory sustained a minor injury when the cap of a 50-Liter liquid nitrogen Dewar burst off and hit his forehead. The scientist needed to fill the Dewar- which hadn't ...

  9. Lesson Learned- Chemical Explosion Causes Eye Injury

    ANSI-approved safety glasses—and other personal protective equipment specified in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)—are essential whenever working with hazardous materials. SOPs also indicate other precautions that must be followed to ensure safety ...

  10. Lesson Learned- Eye Exposure to Specular Reflection

    What happened?                                                                                                              Download a print friendly PDF A researcher was diagnosing a power loss from a Spectra Physics 3900 Ti-Sapphire (oscillator) that is ...

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