Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 11:07:23 -0800
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From: "Debbie M. Decker" <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU>
Subject: FW: [UC_LABSAFETY] Fwd: lab fire/DEATH notification
So tragic and sad.  Our sympathies to the UCLA community.

Debbie M. Decker, Campus Chemical Safety Officer
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Los Angeles Times

California Briefing

UCLA researcher injured in lab fire dies

January 20, 2009


UCLA researcher injured in lab fire dies

A UCLA research assistant seriously burned in a lab fire last month died fr
om her injuries Jan. 16, according to a school spokesman.

The 22-year-old woman, who was not identified, died Friday at Grossman Burn
 Center in Sherman Oaks, where she was transferred after first being treate
d at UCLA Medical Center, said spokesman Phil Hampton.

The accident occurred in the school's molecular sciences building, after ch
emicals caused a flash fire.

The woman suffered second- and third-degree burns over her upper body, offi
cials said.

The fire is under investigation by UCLA's Environmental Health Science depa
rtment, Hampton said.

-- Julie Cart SALINAS
From: UC Fire Marshals List [ mailto:UCFIREMARSHALS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LISTSERV.UCOP.EDU] On
 Behalf Of Johnson, Dana
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 7:47 AM
Subject: lab fire/DEATH notification
Importance: High

Good Morning:

On December 29th UCLA experienced a lab fire that resulted in injuries to a
 lab employee.  The lab employee was working with  T-butyl lithium dissolve
d in a solvent.  The transfer of the prophetic and solvent was being conduc
ted via a syringe.  Unfortunately the plunger of the syringe was accidental
ly pulled all the way out and the material was exposed to atmosphere.  This
 resulted in flash fire in and around a fume hood.  Unfortunately the emplo
yee was not wearing all of the appropriate PPE.  She sustained 3rd degree b
urns over 40% of her body.

On Friday January 16th I was notified by UCPD that the patient had died of 
her injuries.  We continue to work on the investigation.  SFM, Cal OSHA, LA
FD Arson, UCPD, UCLA EH&S, LAPD and the Coroner's office are working with u
s.  Once this is complete I will share our findings.


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