UCLA Fined for Fatal Lab Explosion

Untrained young aide also lacked protective gear, OSHA finds
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 5, 2009 5:05 AM CDT
Lab assistant Sheri Sangji was killed early this year after an experiment exploded in a UCLA lab.
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(Newser) – UCLA has been fined $31,000 for serious safety violations linked to a fire that killed a lab assistant early this year, reports the Los Angeles Times. Sheri Sangji, 23, had not been properly trained and was not wearing protective clothing when an experiment exploded, seriously burning more than 43% of her body, concluded the California Division of OSHA. She died 18 days later. The dead researcher's sister, however, criticized the agency's report for not examining the accident carefully enough.

"She suffered agonizing injuries, and these pages do not explain what happened or how it happened," she said.
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