Lab accidents are regrettably too frequent.

So that their memory is never forgotten, we maintain this list of those who have lost their lives in lab accidents. Please help us to continue in our goal of making health, safety and the environment an integral and important part of education, work and life.

If you have information concerning any of these or other lab fatalities and accidents, please share it with us: info@labsafetyinstitute.org.

Dwight Freeman 2014, San Antonio, TX. 50-year-old technician died at Southwest Research Institute as the result of a lab accident.
Hassan Kamal Hussein 2014, Doha, Qatar. Lab worker died from explosion in petroleum lab at TAMU-Qatar.
Unknown (6) 2013, Middleburg, South Africa. Six people died in an explosion at the Rolfe Pharmaceutical Laboratory.
Carlos Amaral 2013, North Andover, MA. 51-year-old died from burns following a trimethyliridium explosion in a Dow Lab (formerly Rohm and Hass).
Richard Din 2012, San Francisco. 25-year-old VA Hospital lab worker dies from exposure to bacterial strain causing septicemia and meningitis.
Unknown 2012, Shanghai. Graduate student at university opens gas cylinder and dies from inhalation of the gas.
Unknown 2012, Germany. Experienced lab worker died from accidental exposure to trimethylsilyl diazomethane.
Adrian Martin 2011, Menlo Park, CA. Researcher died in lab methane explosion.
Dr. Nanaj Bhamare 2011, Aberdeen, MD. Killed at Aberdeen Proving Ground from an explosion.
Unknown 2011. A Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to lab exposure that has so far sickened 109 people in 38 states (and caused one death).
Michelle Dufault 2011, Connecticut. Died from a lathe accident in the chemistry department at Yale.
Nilamma 2011, Mysore, India. Alcohol fire.
Rajendra Yadav 2010, New Delhi, India. Scrapyard worker, 35, died disassembling a 3,500kg University of Delhi research irradiator containing cobalt-60.
Tyson Larson 2010, Sumi Valley, CA. 28-year old inventor died in explosion at Realm Industries, an alternative fuel research company.
Malcolm Casadaban 2009, Chicago, IL.  A researcher at the University of Chicago Medical Center died from exposure to Yersenia Pestis, a plague-related bacterium.
Sheri Sangji 2009, California. T-butyllithium fire at UCLA.
Alfredo F. Gutierrez 2009, Adelphi, MD. Electrocution in lab at ARL (Army Research Laboratory).
Richard Folaron 2009, Tonawanda, NY. Killed in explosion at DuPont facility.
Jason Siddell 2008, New Jersey. 24-year-old chemist died after being exposed to trimethylsilydiazomethane.
Roland Daigle 2008, Nova Scotia, Canada. Trimethylsilydiazomethane poisoning. Daigle is the second chemist to die in a 12-month period after exposure to the chemical.
Parish Ashley, Charles Bolchoz, Robert Gallagher, Karey Henry 2007, Explosion at T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, Florida
Charles Bolchoz 2007, Explosion at T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, Florida
Robert Gallagher 2007, Explosion at T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, Florida
Karey Henry 2007, Explosion at T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, Florida
Dominique Burget 2006, France, National Inst. of Higher Learning in Chemistry, Ethane explosion
Tarun K. Mal 2005, Cleveland State University, Electrocution
Kenton Joel Carnegie 2005, University of Waterloo, geological engineering student, wolf attack during field work in Athabasca basin (northern Saskatchewan)
Antonina Presnyakova 2004, Russia, Vektor Res. Ctr., Ebola infection
Unknown 2004, St. Paul, Minnesota, Vet Tech Hospital, an employee was trapped inside steam washer used to clean animal cages while the washer was in the final rinse cycle. The employee could not open the door from the inside, could not stop the washer, and was fatally burned.
Unknown 2003, Rochester, NY, Industrial lab explosion
Scott Spjut 2003, West Valley City, UT, Forensic scientist, rifle discharge
Robert Goldhammer 2003, University of Texas, Geology Department, Assistant Professor was killed when his vehicle rolled over on the way to the field camp.
Raquel Vieira de Savariego 2003, University of Texas, Geology Department, Visiting Scholar was killed when his vehicle rolled over on the way to the field camp.
Michal Wilgocki 2001, Warclaw, Poland, Univ. of Warclaw Chemistry Professor killed in explosion
Unknown (8) 2001-1985, Journal of Clinical Microbiology report (2005) eight fatal lab infections from meningitis bacteria. Six were in USA
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
Unknown 1997, Franklin County, GA, HS senior electrocuted in science class putting up wires.
Elizabeth Griffin 1997, Atlanta, Yerkes Primate Center, Rhesus monkey, Herpes B virus infection
Unknown 1997, Atlanta, High School senior electrocuted in science class putting up wires.
Karen Wetterhahn 1997, Dartmouth College, Dimethylmercury poisoning
Ray Rudelis 1996, Florida Petroleum Research Lab, Acetylene explosion
Michael Hanly 1996, New York City, Discarded hydrofluoric acid kills sanitation worker
Charl Broquet 1996, University of Texas, Geological Sciences, graduate student was killed when the UT jeep he was driving hit a tree at high speed. Charl was familiarizing himself with the jeep that he was going to be driving to/in his field area.
Unknown 1995, Hong Kong, Graduate Student, exposure to unreported spill by Ph.D.
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, Pasadena, TX, High school student drowns on biology field trip
Jeanne Messier 1993, San Diego, UCSD biology grad student, hanta virus exposure in field work
Unknown 1992, Stanford Research Institute, CA, Hydrogen/oxygen explosion
Andrew Riley 1992, Stanford Research Institute, CA, Hydrogen/ oxygen explosion
Unknown (2) 1992, Hong Kong, University instructor and grad student suffocated in cold room when liquid nitrogen spilled
Ralph "Corky" Soldato 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 (2) 1991, Osaka University, silane cylinder contaminated with nitrous oxide exploded, Two graduate students killed
Unknown 1990, New Jersey physics student electrocuted
Unknown 1990, Okinawa, Japan, High school student drowns during oceanography class
Unknown 1989, New Jersey, High school student electrocuted working on TV set in physics class.
Unknown (2) 1989, Michigan, Two analysts die from exposure to Herpes B virus in lab
Name Withheld by Request 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 by new high school teacher
Unknown 1988, Berkley Heights NJ Silane explosion
Steven Carveillas 1988, Berkley Heights NJ Silane explosion
Lou Molinini 1988, Berkley Heights NJ Silane explosion
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 1984, Minneapolis, 19 year-old FDA dies opening an autoclave which explodes on opening
Helena Zinger 1984, Antwerp, Belgium, died in unidentified lab accident
Unknown 1983, San Antonio, TX, Lee High School student electrocuted in science lab
Unknown 1983, San Francisco, CA, UCSF Medical Center, Maintenance worker dies from exposure to Q-Fever from sheep used in lab experiments.
Unknown 1982, Colorado School of Mines, Engineering graduate student dies from exposure to hydrogen sulfide
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, San Antonio, High School Student electrocuted in science lab.
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 (64) 1979, Sverdlovsh, Russia, Weapons Lab, 64 died from exposure to Anthrax when someone forgot to install filter on exhaust
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 on the way to the football field
Unknown 1978, College Park, MD, Baptist Community School, Custodian dies in closet making carbon dioxide “smoke” from dry ice for a Halloween party
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
Shri Krishna Singh 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 (3) 1971, Soviet Research Vessel, three lab technicians died from bio exposure
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 (Year unknown; before 1968) Biochemist was killed when his suction filter flask imploded.
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 (7) 1967, Marburg, Germany, Seven patients died from lab worker exposure to virus from infected Grivet monkeys from Uganda
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
John Gallant 1966, Westbrook, Maine, High school student electrocuted learning to use oscilloscope in Physics class
Unknown 1965, Wroclaw, Poland, Explosion kills chemistry department student at University of Poland.
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
Leo Guerin 1959, Los Alamos National Lab, explosion killed 35 year old lab worker while drilling small holes into plastic explosive with a soldered hypodermic needle with a cutting tip.
Ray Means 1959, Los Alamos National Lab, explosion killed 31 year old lab worker who was standing next to Leo Guerin.
Jose C. Cordova 1959, Los Alamos National Lab, four workers died while preparing to burn 300 pounds of scraps and sawdust like explosive residue
Sevedeo Lujan 1959, Los Alamos National Lab, four workers died while preparing to burn 300 pounds of scraps and sawdust like explosive residue
Escolastico Martinez 1959, Los Alamos National Lab, four workers died while preparing to burn 300 pounds of scraps and sawdust like explosive residue
Leopoldo F. Pcheco 1959, Los Alamos National Lab, four workers died while preparing to burn 300 pounds of scraps and sawdust like explosive residue
Cecil Kelley 1958, Los Alamos National Laboratory, died as the result of a lab accident
Harlow Mork 1958, Michigan State University, Grad student killed when distilling thiophene detonated in chemistry lab
Dr. M.S. 1957, National Viral laboratory, National Health and Welfare Canada, a 31 year-old male laboratory worker (Dr. M.S.) died from Herpes B infection.  He was engaged in the production of polio vaccine with Rhesus monkeys.  This case is reported in the Can. Med. Assoc. J. Vol. 79, Nov 1958.  
Candalario Esquibel 1956, Los Alamos National Lab, 29 year old died instantly when 50 pounds of explosive detonated while he was scraping dried powder from oven trays to store in glass bottles.
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
Louis P. Slotin 1946, University of Chicago Physics professor dies as result of an accident involving and radioactive materials
Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. 1954, Los Alamos, NM, Physicist dies after accidental radiation exposure
Unknown (2) 1950's, Pittsburg, National Energy Technology, Laboratory hydrogen explosion kills two researchers.
Peter Bragg 1944, Philadelphia, PA, Naval Research Lab explosion releases radioactive, acidic, scalding steam and gas killing two Manhattan Project chemists.
Douglas Paul Meigs 1944, Philadelphia, PA, Naval Research Lab explosion releases radioactive, acidic, scalding steam and gas killing two Manhattan Project chemists.
Sam Ruben 1943, died due to a lab experiment at Univ. Cal/Berkeley.  Pioneer in the techniques leading up to the discovery of the first known "dark reaction" of photosynthesis, now known as the Calvin Cycle.
Unknown 1940, Illinois, Graduate student killed in explosion of chemicals stored in a household refrigerator.
Marie Curie 1934, Skłodowska eastern France, from aplastic anemia contracted from exposure to radiation.
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)
Unknown (12) 1904-1935, twelve deaths of radiological pioneers resulted from their work with x-rays. Dally below was the first.
Clarence M. Dally 1904, New Jersey, blower at Thomas Edison's Menlo Park lab, is the first person known to have been killed by x-ray exposure.  Severely burned in 1896, he still works with x-rays until 1898.  His death in 1904 causes Edison to discontinue radiation work in his lab.
Unknown (Year unknown; before 1968) Biochemist was killed when his suction filter flask imploded.

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