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Accident Detail

Case Nbr5324
Accident Year1987
LocationLaboratory
CountryUSA
StateCA
CityThousand Oaks
Laser TypeDye/Argon
WaveLength530
Class 
Divergence 
Exposure Time 
Output0.15 W
Pulse Rate 
Beam Diameter 
SubjectAssistant
Age 
SexM
ApplicationAlignment
ProtectionNot Available
Eye DamageInternal
CauseNegligence
DescriptionA summer research assistant was doing alignment on argon/dye laser located under optical bench. Beam was coming upwards and person was located above the bench looking downward. Using no eyewear, looked into beam. Immediate retinal burn.

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