| In May 2003
there was an accident in the School of Physics during
decanting of LN2 from the bulk storage tank into a small
The person received burns to the back of the right hand as shown. The injuries prevented the person from using their right hand for 10 days (writing, holding a book, eating, etc).
The principal cause of the INJURY was liquid nitrogen caught in the glove from severe splashing. The glove was not inside the sleeve of the coat.
The person remembers that there was no immediate pain to the hand, only a sensation of numbness rather then coldness. An eyewitness estimates the duration of the exposure at 30 seconds only. The injury was then flushed with cold water for 20 minutes.
The contributing factors to the ACCIDENT included:
An analysis of this accident suggests all users REMEMBER:
The first step in First Aid is flushing the injury with cold water.
The school commenced an OHS investigation into the accident. The report and recommendations are available to the staff and students through the OHS committee.
Further discussion about preventing cryogenic injuries can be arranged through Pat McMillan (x54543), Jon Everett (x56300)