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Engineer Hurt in Laser Lab

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 8, 2008 -- A senior lab engineer at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) was seriously injured Wednesday night after a heavy piece of equipment fell on him, according to media reports. Laser lab managers said a 3-ft-long, 100-lb piece of aluminum equipment fell about 6 ft onto Sam Roberts, 32,  at around 6:30 Wednesday night while he and others were performing experiments with the Omega laser, media sources reported. The Omega laser, one of LLE's primary research tools, is about 30 ft tall and 300 ft long. Its 60 laser beams can focus up to 40,000 joules of energy...Read full article

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