• Question: Did you ever get injured doing your job?

    Asked by anon-248914 to Tom, Stacey, James, Connor on 20 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Stacey New

      Stacey New answered on 20 Mar 2020:

      No I’ve been very lucky and haven’t been injured. In the lab there are really strict health and safety rules and regulations in place which reduce the chance of getting injured. But sometimes accidents do happen.

    • Photo: James Lees

      James Lees answered on 20 Mar 2020:

      Yes. My lab is generally very safe and you need to take part in all kinds of risk assessments because of the relatively dangerous equipment around you.

      But accidents are always going to happen. I once plugged a wire in to machine as normal but was still touching an exposed bit of metal on it. It gave me about 10’000 Volts right through my body which caused me to shout very loudly and leap back across the room. Fortunately it was a very low current so I was fine.

      2/10 would not recommend.

    • Photo: Connor Prior

      Connor Prior answered on 20 Mar 2020:

      Ha! Unfortunately I have! I blew up a vacuum line made of glass the other day. The entire glass vessel shattered in my hands causing loads of little cuts on my hands. Fortunately we have an excellent health and safety coordinator and an Accident and Emergency hospital a 10 minute walk from the department! I wasn’t particularly harmed