The person in question was apparently fed up with a constant beeping sound coming from the freezer at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) laboratory in Troy, New York, according to reports.
Sign up for notifications An annoying janitor allegedly destroyed $1 million worth of two decades of scientific research by shutting down a super-cold freezer in a laboratory in New York. The person in question was apparently fed up with a constant beeping sound coming from the freezer at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) laboratory in Troy, New York, according to reports. Related news Previous
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Next When he flipped a switch to kill the noise, the freezer shut down decades of scientific work on September 17, 2020, the lab said. It is now reported that the cleaner’s alleged carelessness cost the lab at least $1 million in damages. A lawsuit filed in Rensselaer County court claims the cleaner tripped a circuit breaker inside an electrical box, causing temperatures inside the freezer to go from minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit to minus 25.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The lawsuit states that the freezer’s alarm was activated by a mechanical malfunction that prevented the unit from maintaining a constant temperature. Now, the university is seeking an unspecified amount of money in the lawsuit against the janitor’s outside contractor. Most of the specimens kept in the super freezer were destroyed and ‘rendered unsalvageable’, the lawsuit further states: “Most of the specimens were compromised, destroyed and rendered unsalvageable, demolishing more than 20 years of research,” the lawsuit claims. demand. “People’s behavior and negligence caused all of this. Unfortunately, they put an end to 25 years of investigation,” Michael Ginsberg, an attorney for RPI, told the Times Union in Albany. The locked freezer contained cell cultures, samples and other items stored at minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit, the Times Union said. According to a report filed by RPI public safety personnel, the cleaner thought he was turning on the circuit breaker when he actually turned it off. “Most of the specimens were compromised, destroyed, and rendered unsalvageable, demolishing more than 20 years of research,” the lawsuit states.