Institutional – Mercury

Source: Distinguished Programs

Students in a university laboratory accidentally dropped a thermometer containing mercury. Unaware of the imminent danger, the students treated the spill casually, causing the mercury to be tracked throughout the school on the bottoms of their shoes. The mercury vapors contaminated the building and students complained of nausea and headaches. The school paid $200,000 in cleanup costs and $150,000 for bodily injury claims.

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