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Fire at UCLA Kills Chemistry Lab Worker

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on February 23, 2016 | In Workplace Injury

Fire at UCLA Kills Chemistry Lab Worker

In November, the American Association for the Advancement of Science named 347 fellows. But, one of the fellows has lost that post. A UCLA chemist was removed from the list because of his involvement in a fatal laboratory fire that took place on campus.

In the accident, a 23-year-old UCLA staff research associate sustained extensive burns and died 18 days later. The young victim wasn’t wearing a protective lab coat while transferring a chemical compound that ignites when exposed to air. The UCLA chemistry professor was charged with four felonies. He was able to come to an agreement in which he could defer prosecution by teaching chemistry to inner-city students. However, accusations that he willfully violated state labor codes by failing to provide proper safety training and gear has stayed with him, costing him his new fellowship.

Many places of higher learning in California have unique hazards that pose a threat to teachers and students. It is important for these schools to have safety protocols in place. Students must be taught how to properly handle dangerous chemicals and how to use potentially hazardous tools and pieces of equipment. When there is a failure to provide safe conditions, serious injuries can occur.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job or while working in a research facility or lab, financial compensation may be available for your losses. A Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney can review your case and help you explore your legal rights and options.

Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help. Contact us today at (800) 438-7734.

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