Yale student dies in chemistry lab accident

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    Yale student dies in chemistry lab accident

    Post by MikeHo on Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:54 pm

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A federal official says a Yale University student died after her hair was pulled into a piece of equipment in a chemistry lab machine shop.

    Kang Yi of the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the university informed his agency that Michele Dufault was operating the machinery for a senior project at the time of the accident Tuesday night.

    School officials didn't say what the equipment was.

    Yale Vice President Linda Lorimer wrote in a message to students and faculty that Dufault "was an exceptional young woman, an outstanding student and young scientist, a dear friend and a vibrant member of this community."

    Lorimer said the school "will find ways in the next day to gather to celebrate her life and grieve her loss."

    Yale was offering counseling to students.

    Astronomy, physics major
    The lab was closed Wednesday and classes canceled in the building that houses the lab.


    The Yale Daily News reported Dufault was an astronomy and physics major from Massachusetts.

    It said she was also a member of the Yale Precision Marching Band and Yale's Saybrook College.

    The paper reported that her parents had been told and were traveling to the university.

    According to the chemistry department's website, access to the room where people "construct or modify research instrumentation" is "strictly limited to those who have completed the shop course," the Daily News reported.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42569811/ns/us_news-life/


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    Re: Yale student dies in chemistry lab accident

    Post by Echo on Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:34 pm

    This is why there are lab safety guidelines which require you to tie up your hair... >___>
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    Re: Yale student dies in chemistry lab accident

    Post by Yutakaa on Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:26 pm

    being killed because of your hair.... what a terrible way to be killed. I can only imagine what was going through her head in her last few seconds.
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    Re: Yale student dies in chemistry lab accident

    Post by Zahan on Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:51 am

    probably something like
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    Re: Yale student dies in chemistry lab accident

    Post by MikeHo on Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:11 am

    Sucks man. Must have been a painful way to go.


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    Re: Yale student dies in chemistry lab accident

    Post by MabNoodle on Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:13 am

    Not saying which piece of equipment... That's really shady...

    Sounds awful, though. Geez, I feel so sorry for her Sigh


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    Re: Yale student dies in chemistry lab accident

    Post by MikeHo on Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:24 am

    My friend goes to yale. So i guess its a little more relevant to me even though he probably does not know her.


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