Accidents in a university are typically related to slips, trips and falls, but there are many more dangers lurking in these educational institutions than usually meets the eye.
- Viral infection
Many universities have medical research laboratories. Students or teaching staff could become exposed to potentially lethal biological substances, viruses, and so on. This may seem unimaginable, but in 1978, a medical photographer working in Birmingham University’s anatomy department was exposed to a smallpox virus being grown in the research lab on the next floor down from her location.
- Lab fire
Working with volatile chemicals always represents a risk of explosions and fires. Although these kinds of accidents are rare, they can and will happen. A University of California research assistant, for instance, died of horrific burn injuries following a fire in her laboratory in 2008.
- Dangerous experiments
Sometimes, experiments are more dangerous than expected and resulting explosions can cause serious personal injuries. In 2009, for example, a chemistry graduate student (Texas Tech University) lost three fingers when the nickel hydrazine perchlorate he was grinding exploded.
- Lethal lathes
University machine shops can also be the scene of tragic incidents. Lathes in particular represent a real risk, as the death of a Yale University undergraduate student clearly demonstrates. The 22-year-old was working on her own when her hair became entangled in the lathe. It appears that the young lady died of asphyxiation.
- Balloon incident
Sometimes, what is meant to be part of a celebration can go horribly wrong. In May 2014, three people died after the hot air balloon, part of a celebration at the University of Richmond, USA, struck a power line, caught fire and crashed.
More usual incidents
Accidents at university fortunately do not always have fatal consequences. Injuries by slipping, tripping or falling, for example, usually consist of cuts, bruises or maybe broken bones. In some cases, falling at university may result in back or head injuries, especially if falling down stairs.
If you were injured at university through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline employs a highly skilled, experienced team of injury lawyers who can help you to get the compensation you deserve. Get helpful advice and first class professional help with your compensation claim by calling our confidential helpline on 0800 689 0500 today. The Freephone line is open 24 hours, seven days a week, and calls are obligation-free.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice