• Question: Have you ever got injured while doing one of your tasks

    Asked by 828heaq23 to Ted, Sajjad, Laura, Kevin, Ellen, Andrea on 12 Mar 2019. This question was also asked by 822heaq28.
    • Photo: Andrea Pacheco

      Andrea Pacheco answered on 12 Mar 2019:


      No I have not. A friend of mine lost the vision in one eye back in Colombia since he was not careful enough when handling a high power laser. Working with lasers is very serious and you have to be 100% aware of what you are doing, so you prevent accidents.

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      Ted Burke answered on 12 Mar 2019:


      I’ve never been seriously injured at work, but of course I’ve had a few minor cuts and scratches. Over the years, I’ve become much more disciplined about using the correct safety equipment. Most important of all, I wear safety glasses when I’m doing anything like soldering or drilling or any activity that could make something go into my eye. Also, whenever I’m doing something loud I wear ear plugs to protect my hearing. I did once electrocute my head by accident, but luckily I wasn’t injured!

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      Laura Farina answered on 12 Mar 2019:


      Yes, I did! I hurt myself with a bisturi because I was not using gloves of my size… As Ted said, if you use the proper equipment, such things rarely happen! It is all about experience and being conscientious!

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      Kevin OBrien answered on 12 Mar 2019:


      Luckily enough, I’ve never had any work related injuries.
      In our building, we have a health and safety team who regularly conduct surveys of all of the labs and office areas to identify any risks that could result in an injury.
      They do a really good job.

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