• Question: have you ever had any serious or minor accidents since the time you started science?

    Asked by katiearis to Amelia, Jim, Liz, Prateek, Richard on 22 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Lizzard O'Day

      Lizzard O'Day answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Nothing serious in the lab. I work w/ a lot of dangerous chemicals and I try to be as safe as possible. Not only for my own health but for the safety of my labmates- I love those guys and wouldn’t ever want anything to happen to them. In college I played rugby and broke my face- my nose, my cheek it wasn’t pretty.

    • Photo: Amelia Markey

      Amelia Markey answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      Fortunately not. Although I did burn myself a bit on the reallt hot bit of my device…ooops!

      Like Liz says we sometimes work with dangerous things. You need to know why they are dangerous and how to work safely both for yourself and for others.

    • Photo: Jim Caryl

      Jim Caryl answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      Oh bad luck Liz! I always joke to people to watch they don’t break their face, but I guess you did :-/

      I have burnt myself on a Bunsen, got cold-burn from the -80C freezer, and once walked into a door while focusing on something else. A project student of mine also once dropped a fairly dangerous chemical that happens to be one of the more smellier substances known to man, and we all had to leave the lab. It’s not bad for 11 years working in a lab!

      These are all pretty exception though – given the potential hazards of lab work, we manage to minimise the risks considerably, so rarely injure ourselves.

      What about you? Have you had any spectacular injuries? 😉

    • Photo: Prateek Buch

      Prateek Buch answered on 22 Jun 2011:

      Nothing too serious thankfully – although I’ve had a few accidents with centrifuges that spin very fast and can be dangerous. I’ve also been bitten by mice, which hurts more than you might think 🙂