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The laser accident database maintained by Rockwell Laser Industries has been gathered from a broad range of sources since 1964. By studying this data, the laser community as a whole can promote the safe and knowledgeable use of lasers and prevent similar events from occurring in their own facilities.

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Accident Detail

Case Nbr5316
Accident Year1978
LocationFactory
CountryUSA
StateCA
City 
Laser TypeArgon
WaveLength514
Class 
Divergence 
Exposure Time 
Output0.5 W
Pulse Rate 
Beam Diameter1
SubjectFactory Worker
Age24
SexM
ApplicationAlignment
ProtectionNot Available
Eye DamageInternal
CauseNegligence
DescriptionDuring work on a laser production line, person bent over to adjust beam when reflection from a Brewster's window went into right eye causing immediate visual blur and scotoma. Power into eye estimated at 25 mW.

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