Lab accidents are regrettably too frequent. So that their memory is never forgotten, the Laboratory Safety Institute maintains this list of those who have lost their lives in lab accidents. If you have information concerning any of these incidents or others, please share it with us at info@labsafetyinstitute.org.

Elazar Gutmanas Elazar Gutmanas 2019, Haifa, Israel. Professor Emeritus at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology died in an explosion involving hydrogen research at his lab at the Department for Materials Science and Engineering.
Umihiko Hoshijima Umihiko Hoshijima 2019, Off Alaska Coast. A postdoctoral student at UC Santa Cruz died in an accident during a research dive.
  Unknown (3) 2018, Beijing, China. Three students were killed in a lab explosion while researching wastewater treatment at Jiaotong University.
Manoj Kumar Manoj Kumar 2018, Bengaluru, India. 28-year old researcher was killed in a high-pressure hydrogen cylinder explosion at the Indian Institute of Science.
Ge Guo Ge Guo 2018, Exton, PA. 26-year-old worker at Frontage Laboratories died as a result of exposure to potassium cyanide.
Tsuro-thumb Emmanuel Tsuro 2017, Harare, Zimbabwe. Student researcher died from burns received when a fire broke out in a microbiology lab at Premier Service Medical Investments.
Krysten Lim Siaw Chian Krysten Lim Siaw Chian 2016, Jurong, Singapore. Chemist at Leeden National Oxygen was killed in an explosion caused by a faulty valve on a gas cylinder. She had just returned from maternity leave and left behind a husband and baby daughter.
Glenn Nix Glenn Nix 2015, Tallahassee, FL. Construction worker killed when a steel cap blew off a high pressure pipe on a cooling device at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University.
Meng Xiangjian Meng Xiangjian 2015, Beijing, China. Postdoctoral researcher died in a hydrogen explosion at Tsinghua University.
  Huy Siep 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A 34-year-old science teacher was spraying a flammable gas while preparing the classroom for a lesson at the University of Health Sciences. The gas ignited, and the teacher died from smoke inhalation.
  Dwight Freeman 2014, San Antonio, TX. 50-year-old technician died at Southwest Research Institute as the result of a lab accident.
  Vipin and Robin 2014, Delhi, India. Two technicians in a pathology lab died in a fire caused by a short-circuited air conditioner.
  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.
  Javier Ortiz 2013, LaPorte, TX. 30-year-old chemist and father of three died in an explosion at Air Liquide plant.
  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 died from exposure to bacterial strain causing septicemia and meningitis.
  Unknown 2012, Shanghai. Graduate student at university opened a poison gas cylinder and died from inhalation.
  Unknown 2012, Germany. Experienced lab worker died from accidental exposure to trimethylsilyldiazomethane.
  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 sickened 109 people in 38 states and caused one death.
  Michelle Dufault 2011, Connecticut. Died from a lathe accident at Yale.
  Nilamma 2011, Mysore, India. Alcohol fire.
  Rajendra Yadav 2010, New Delhi, India. Scrapyard worker, 35, died disassembling a 3,500kg 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.
  Richard Folaron 2010, Tonawanda, NY. Killed in a lab accident at DuPont facility.
  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).
  Roland Daigle 2008, Nova Scotia, Canada. Trimethylsilyldiazomethane poisoning. The lab fume hood was not operating due to roof work on the building.
  Jason Siddell 2008, New Jersey. 24-year-old chemist died after being exposed to trimethylsilyldiazomethane.
  Miguel Mattea 2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Faculty member killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
  Liliana Giacomelli de Ceballos 2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Faculty member killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
  Carlos Ravera 2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Faculty member killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
  Juan Politano 2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Student killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
  Damián Cardarelli 2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Faculty member killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
  Gladys Baralla 2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Faculty member killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
  Parish Ashley 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 Insttitute 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, Wrocław, Poland, University of Wrocław chemistry professor killed in lab 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, GA. Yerkes Primate Center. Griffin was working with Rhesus monkeys infected with Herpes B virus. One monkey flung some debris from its cage that hit Griffin in the eye. Griffin contracted the disease and died six weeks later.
  Unknown 1997, Atlanta. High school senior electrocuted in science class putting up wires.
  Karen Wetterhahn 1997, Dartmouth College. Wetterhahn was working with a dimethylmercury compound using latex gloves. Latex does not provide sufficient protection from the chemical and she died of mercury 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, Western Australia. Palynolab Resources PTY LTD lab technician dies from 70% HF exposure.
  Dennis Park 1993, Elkton, MD, Thiokol, Rotary evaporator flask explosion.
  Unknown 1993, Pasadena, TX, High school student drowned on biology field trip.
  Jeanne Messier 1993, San Diego. UCSD biology grad student contracted hanta virus 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 went into coma and died 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
  John Gallant 1972, Westbrook, Maine, High school student electrocuted learning to use oscilloscope in physics class
  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
  Unknown 1965, Wroclaw, Poland, Explosion kills chemistry department student at University of Poland.
  Unknown 1963, Alabama, Morton Thiokol, solid propellant explosion
  Emil Grubbe 1960. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  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. Pacheco 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. Thomas Patterson 1958, Woodstock, IL, Morton Salt. Killed in explosion handling glass flask that possibly had contained ether.
  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 (2) 1950’s, Pittsburg, National Energy Technology Laboratory. Hydrogen explosion killed two researchers.
  Perry Brown 1950, Boston. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  Catherine Chamié 1950, Paris. As a lab assistant to Marie Curie, she transported radioactive sources each day on a cart, shielded poorly by lead bricks. Died from exposure.
  Louis Slotin 1946, Los Alamos, NM. Received a fatal dose of neutron radiation while conducting experiments in plutonium critical mass.
  Harry Daghlian 1945, Los Alamos, NM. Lab assistant for Louis Slotin. Received a fatal dose of neutron radiation while conducting experiments in plutonium critical mass.
  Walter Bradford Cannon 1945. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  Peter Bragg 1944, Philadelphia, PA, Naval Research Lab explosion released radioactive, acidic, scalding steam and gas killing two Manhattan Project chemists.
  Douglas Paul Meigs 1944, Philadelphia, PA, Naval Research Lab explosion released radioactive, acidic, scalding steam and gas killing two Manhattan Project chemists.
  Sam Ruben 1943, died due to a lab experiment at University of California at 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.
  Fredrick Baetjer 1933, Baltimore. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  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)
Alexander Bogdanov Alexander Bogdanov 1928, Moscow. Performed early experiments in blood transfusion—on himself. Died from tuberculosis and malaria from donated blood.
Robert Machlett Robert Machlett 1926. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  William Eastman-Spandow 1922. Columbia University, New York. Killed instantly when an autoclave containing diphenylamine became over-pressurized and exploded.
  Herbert Robert 1922, St. Louis. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Eugene Wilson Caldwell Eugene Caldwell 1918, New York. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Walter James Dodd Walter James Dodd 1916. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  Henry Green 1914. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  Burton Eugene Baker 1913. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  Thurman Lester Wagner 1912. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Mihran Kassabian Mihran Kassabian 1910, Philadelphia. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  Rome Vernon Wagner 1908. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  John Bawer 1908. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  William Carl Egelhoff 1907. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Wolfram Fuchs Wolfram C. Fuchs 1907, Chicago. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Louis Weigel Louis Weigel 1906, X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
  Arthur-Honore Radiguet 1905, Paris. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Elizabeth Fleischmann-Aschheim Elizabeth Fleischman-Aschheim 1905, San Francisco. Began experimenting with an x-ray machine on herself. Her arm was amputated due to x-ray burns before she finally died of cancer.
Clarence Dally Clarence M. Dally 1904, New Jersey. Glass blower at Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park lab killed by x-ray exposure. Severely burned in 1896, he still worked with x-rays until 1898. His death caused Edison to discontinue radiation work in his lab.
  Arthur Barry Blacker 1902, London. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Jerome Nickles Jérôme Nicklès 1869, Nancy, France. Chemist attempting to isolate fluorine died of hydrogen fluorine inhalation.
Paulin Louyet Pauline Louyet 1850, Brussels, Belgium. Chemist attempting to isolate fluorine died of hydrogen fluorine inhalation.
  Unknown (Year unknown; before 1968) Biochemist was killed when his suction filter flask imploded.
Carl Scheele Carl Scheele 1786, Köping, Sweden. Scheele was known to smell and taste any new substances he discovered. Cumulative exposure to arsenic, mercury, lead, and perhaps hydrofluoric acid which he had discovered, took their toll on Scheele. Doctors said he died of mercury poisoning.
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier 1785, Wimille, France. Conducted early aviation experiments using hot air balloons. Died when his balloon suddenly caught fire, deflated and fell from the sky.