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Laser Accident Detail

Laser Accident Detail

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 Nbr5322
Accident Year1980
LocationLaboratory
CountryUSA
StateMA
CityWest Concord
Laser TypeHeNe
WaveLength633
Class 
Divergence 
Exposure Time 
Output0.0005 W
Pulse Rate 
Beam Diameter 
SubjectTechnician
Age36
SexM
ApplicationAlignment
ProtectionNot Available
Eye DamageInternal
CauseNegligence
DescriptionTechnician sustained retinal burn in left eye. Physician recorded burn area on slides. Resulted in vision loss. Later exam showed repigmentation of scar area. Injury may have been caused by other exposures to lasers (he was a hunter/shooter).

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