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Old 04-13-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/13/yale-student-dies-chemistry-lab-accident

Anyone hear about this? I am sure there is a lesson to be learned there somewhere.


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Old 04-13-2011, 07:46 PM   #2
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According to this report dated 4/13/2011:

http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2011/apr/13/student-dies-accident-sterling-chemistry-laborator/

it may have been a case of her long hair caught in the moving part of a lathe

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:23 PM   #3
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Tragic. However this is a reminder to be ever vigilant when it comes to safety in the workshop.

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:41 PM   #4
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So sad. A terrible accident takes this young girls life just one month before her graduation from Yale. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye so we must constantly be aware of our surroundings.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:16 PM   #5
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Sounds like she was working alone and that policy will no longer allow it.
I worked at a Yacht manufacturer years ago they had liberal shop privileges especially for the managers. .
My boss painted his VW bug at the shop on weekends. this was allowed but he had to have a companion the companion could not use or operate tools but there were there to call 911 in case of trouble. IMHO the lab could do well to adapt such a policy. Such a policy may have saved a life. There are dangerous pastimes that a buddy system is the only way to go.

Sounds like the culprit was loose clothing while operating a wood lathe.

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An autopsy conducted at the Connecticut Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington Wednesday afternoon determined that Dufault died from an accidental "asphyxia due to kneck compression," OCME Investigator Kathy Wilson said.
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I just saw this on the news myself.

It is so frustrating to see these things.
Life can change or end with a slight lapse of concentration or a minor safety rule being broken.

It is just very frustrating for me...

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Life can change or end with a slight lapse of concentration or a minor safety rule being broken.
So true Rick
Last Sunday my wife and I went to the movies to watch Soul Surfer. It is the story of Bethany Hamilton. She is now a professional surfer and I a think a bit of a motivational speaker. She lost her left arm as a result of a shark attack at the age of 13. She could have easily lost here life as she did lose 60% of her blood. The quick action of her best friends father apparently saved her life.

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As a lab manager with responsibility for the machine shop, this is a nightmare i hope to never experience on my watch. I spent much of last summer writing safety analysis sheets for every piece of shop equipment in my areas, machine shop and otherwise. I preach the perils of loose clothing, long hair, earbuds, etc in the first lecture of the machine shop practices course and have in fact ejected both men and women from the lab for loose clothing which college kids are prone to wear at times. After hearing this today I am revisiting the lab safety analysis sheets for each piece of rotating equipment in our shop. What a waste of a bright young life and I feel such sympathy for her family and friends, but also for the lab manager who must live with this from now on.

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when I was in USAF tech school we had a ritual at the beginning of every lab session. This ritual was repeated every morning, after morning break, after lunch break ,and after afternoon break. we would prepare to " cross the Line" into the lab/ shop. sleeves were rolled up safety glasses were put on and the safety rules for that lab were read by a student. No one crossed the line until this was done. At the time this seemed a bit repetitive. But now years later it does not seem as silly.
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Right on Tin...its just a shame that it takes something like this to jolt us from the "silly" to the "it really does matter 24/7" mindset. Complacency or momentary inattention are ever present dangers.

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