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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 Nbr5317
Accident Year1979
LocationFactory
CountryUSA
StateCA
City 
Laser TypeKrypton
WaveLength647
Class 
Divergence 
Exposure Time 
Output5.0 W
Pulse Rate 
Beam Diameter.03
SubjectFactory Worker
Age35
SexM
ApplicationAlignment
ProtectionNot Available
Eye DamageInternal
CauseNegligence
DescriptionDuring assembly of laser on production line person removed safety screen to align beam. Beam was directed on liquid stream. Reflection from stream went into eye causing scotoma. Testing revealed visual defect that remained at 16 months.

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