Incubator Lid Closer Failure Results in Injury
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

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Topics:  Maintenance, Laboratory

On December 16, 2015, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Molecular Foundry, a failed piston closer on an incubator lid resulted in an injury. The two piston closers on the incubator hold the lid (approximately 40 lb.) open and slow its closing. This lessons learned highlights the importance of timely reporting safety components failures to line management, immediately starting the repair/replacement process, and identifying and implementing alternative controls to prevent a recurring incident.

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