Sunday, August 14, 2005

Los Alamos mishaps may cost UC

Two employees inhale toxic fumes at lab in latest case of employee injury
By Diana Whitaker

The University of California-operated Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is currently being considered for new management, has seen another series of mishaps this summer that could be potentially damaging to the university's bid position.

The most recent incident resulted in the hospitalization of one employee.

In June, two employees at Los Alamos inhaled toxic fumes. One spent six days in the hospital in July after suffering prolonged respiratory symptoms, while the other experienced temporary shortness of breath.

Breaking with protocol, lab management was not informed of the incident until Aug. 3, more than a month and a half after it had occurred.


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