OSHA Faults Yale University in Lab Accident That Killed Student

OSHA Faults Yale University in Lab Accident That Killed Student


08/16/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

New Haven, CT — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ruled that a piece of machinery that killed a Yale University student did not have a required safety device, reported the Associated Press.

In a letter to Yale from OSHA, federal safety regulators said the lathe lacked an emergency stop button, which could shut off power to the machinery. The rules for using the equipment was not posted and Yale should ensure that students don’t work alone, the letter asserted.

As previously reported in “Yale University Senior Killed in Lab Accident,” Michele Dufault, a physics and astronomy senior at Yale, was using a lathe, which is a rotating machine used to cut wood and metal, for her senior project when the accident occurred. Apparently her long hair was pulled into the machine.

The student’s body was found by students who had been working inside the Sterling Chemistry Laboratory shortly before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

OSHA reportedly did not fine Yale, because they claimed it lacked jurisdiction.

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