Electrical Conduit Breached During Core Drilling

At the Materials and Fuels Complex's Fuel Conditioning Facility, a subcontractor inadvertently breached an electrical conduit while core drilling to support facility upgrades. Plant drawings reviewed prior to drilling did not indicate any electrical lines in the area. A subsurface investigation was performed, but the core drilling was outside the...

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Exertional Heat Illnesses During Security Protective Officer Training Competition

This DOE Accident Investigation Report addresses three injuries that occurred on in 2006 during the annual Security Protective Officer Training Competition at the National Training Center. One individual required hospitalization for more than a week, much of the time in intensive care. Readers may want to pay particular attention to three issues ad...

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Cold Reality - An Overlooked Dry Ice Danger Can be Fatal

The cold hazard presented by dry ice is well recognized. A recent event highlights a second, more-dangerous hazard that is experienced less frequently - asphyxiation.

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Straight knives must be Kept in Sheaths

An SRNS employee injured their hand when pushing a plastic bag in the back of a work truck, unaware that an unsheathed straight knife was included in the bag's contents. The employee removed their gloves at the end of the planned work, but before all tasks were completed. Their right hand was cut at the webbing between the ring and little finger, r...

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Electric Shock Drowning - Unknown Danger Lurking in the Water

In July, 2013 a 13 year old girl and her 8 year old brother died while swimming near a private dock in the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. About two hours later a 10-year-old boy died in a similar manner at Cherokee Lake, near Knoxville, Tennessee. His 11-year-old friend was pulled from the water and resuscitated but died early the following eveni...

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COW - The Video that will Stop You from Texting while Driving

This is a video about texting while driving produced by a a filmaker in Whales, UK. It portrays the events from a vehicle accident that involved a young girl who kills four people on the road because she used her mobile and lost her concentration for a few seconds.

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Generator Circuit Breaker Explosion at Priest Rapids Dam

Six employees were injured from an explosion while performing emergent troubleshooting activities on a Priest Rapids generator circuit breaker. The event resulted in six lost time injuries due to severe burns that requied hospitalization for all six of the employees. Equipment damage included the generator and generator circuit breaker, resulting i...

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Understanding the Distracted Brain

The cognitive distraction from paying attention to conversation – from listening and responding to a disembodied voice – contributes to numerous driving impairments. Specific driving risks are discussed in detail in this article.

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The Safe Conduct of Research - Cobalt-60 Source Transfer

Battelle's Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles form the foundation of PNNL's safety culture. In the third in a series of videos examining these principles in action, a PNNL project team tasked with the planning, procurement, and receipt of a highly radioactive source of Cobalt-60 shares how the SCoR principles inform their work.
From maint...

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Peer to Peer Accountability / Teamwork: Heat Stress

Video demonstrating teamwork and worker understanding when dealing with Heat Stress on the job

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Vehicle Security Barrier Accident

This video summarizes an accident that occurred when a delivery truck driver was struck in the back of the leg by a descending active vehicle barrier which caused significant injury to the drivers lower leg. The Security Police Officer, who was processing the driver through the Vehicle Monitoring Facility, lowered the barrier without first verifyin...

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The Safe Conduct of Research: The Role of Research Supervisor

Battelle's Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles form the foundation of PNNL's safety culture.
In the fourth in a series of videos examining the principles in action, the principle "Leaders Value the Safety Legacy They Create in Their Discipline" is examined in concert with the formalization of the role of Research Supervisor.

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Review of Operating Experience Results in Process Improvement

In preparation for an upcoming core internals change out outage at the Advanced Test Reactor, a team of personnel reviewed past core internal change out reports for information to improve performance. During this review, it was noted that the tool used for removing the right hand beryllium blocks was very difficult to set up and operate. In Additi...

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