Florida State University officials have released more information about the Wednesday morning accident that killed a mechanical worker at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory on campus. Authorities were alerted just after 10am Wednesday morning of the incident and first responders rushed to the scene. When they arrived, the pronounced the victim dead at the scene of an apparent head trauma.
Witnesses report that the victim had been working on a pipe that supplied cooling water to the large magnets used for experiment in the laboratory. He was attempting to remove a cap on another pressurized pipe when the cap blew off and struck him and another person working nearby. The second mechanical worker suffered only minor injuries.
This incident is the first of its kind at the FSU MagLab – a research facility that is often praised for its high scientific standards and quality of work. Often maintenance jobs are sourced out to contractors who have their own standards and protocols that they follow when working, though all are vetted by a board within the Florida State University system before work is awarded. It is unknown at this time what safety precautions and protocols the workers were following at the time of the incident.
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