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05/15/2019

CPSC Recall Notice - Knape and Vogt Recalls Office Workstations Due to Injury Hazard

Name of Product:Sit-Stand Office Workstations

Hazard:
The workstations can malfunction, causing the gas cylinders to separate and forcefully discharge posing and injury hazard.

Remedy:
Repair

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05/15/2019

Mindfulness in the Workplace

Why Being Rushed is a RiskOur safety culture principles serve as an important reminder that we are all responsible for safety and that safe actions are critical to achieving our mission. After all, cutting-edge science requires cutting edge safety. However, what these principles also highlight is the fact that safety can often be lost when complace...

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05/07/2019

Records Damaged at MFC Temporary Records Storage Location

Thirty boxes of records were discovered to have water damage while performing facility rounds in the basement area of MFC-752. The records were placed on the floor in the MFC Temporary Records storage area after receipt of legacy facility and construction records in December 2018. A spring thaw and heavy rains resulted in flooding in the MFC-752 b...

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05/06/2019

DOE Press Release - Hanford Workers Complete Stabilization of Waste Storage Tunnel

Completion Safeguards Public from Potential Tunnel Collapse Contamination
RICHLAND, Wash. - Workers at the Hanford Site in southeast Washington have finished filling a second waste storage tunnel with engineered grout, significantly reducing the risk of a collapse and possible release of radioactive materials. Department of Energy (DOE) contractor...

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04/09/2015

Health Hazards of Prolonged Sitting

According to research, sitting for extended periods of time is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. A recent analysis suggests there are 34 chronic diseases and conditions associated with excess sitting. By just adding one hour of standing increases bloo...

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01/09/2017

Evaluating the Use of Sit to Stand Workstations

As a result of an article published in April 2015 by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environment, Health, Safety & Security titled "Health Hazards of Prolonged Sitting," an increased installation of Sit to Stand Workstations occurred at Nevada National Security Site. To determine if or how users benefited from the installation of the Sit to...

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05/12/2015

Employee Ignores Peer Pressure and Reports Safety Concern

An employee performed a safety intervention with a co-worker who crossed a lockout/tagout boundary without complying with the required hazardous energy control process. The co-worker resisted the safety intervention and encouraged the employee to ignore their concern. Disregarding the peer pressure, the employee notified management and a stop wor...

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04/27/2015

Two Workers Electrocuted when Boom Crane Contacts 7,200 Volt Overhead Power Line

On the day of the incident, a material handler rigged a propane tank with a metal chain so that it could be lifted by the crane. The tank was located at the end of a row of 320-gallon capacity tanks adjacent to a fence marking the yards boundary. Just beyond the fence, a 3-phase 7,200 volt overhead power distribution line, crossed over into the yar...

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05/06/2019

Lessons Learned Examined After Three Events at PNNL Involving Work Performed by Subcontractors

Many DOE sites and national laboratories commonly partner with subcontractors for various types of work. It's the responsibility of each site to flow down expectations to subcontractor employees on the safe performance of work, and to provide the accompanying oversight so each worker goes home in the same condition in which they arrived.
In the l...

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04/23/2019

Manual Material Handling Event - A Near Miss that Came Much Too Close

A near miss occurred at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) in the MFC-765 Fuel Conditioning Facility (FCF) on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at approximately 0620 hours. Four MFC equipment operators were moving a 6,000 pound milling machine using three Hilman rollers. While making final adjustments to position the mill for transport out of the facil...

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01/28/2019

Are You Wearing Your Hearing Protection?

Our hearing is one of the many things in life we take for granted. Work place hearing loss is gradual, and over time the effects can have a tremendous impact on our life at home and work. The Downtown Safety Committee at Mission Support & Test Services, LLC, created this video, with the help of the A-1 machine shop and NLV maintenance employee...

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04/16/2019

WTP Safety Conscious Work Environment Workshop

A collaborative approach between the Employee Concerns Program, the Nuclear Safety and Quality Culture Program, and the craft workforce is implemented to develop and conduct annual safety conscious work environment workshops. These workshops reinforce the roles and responsibilities of all employees in creating and maintaining a positive work envir...

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10/27/2017

Safety Differently

Work has never been as safe as it seems today. But bureaucracy and compliance demands have mushroomed, including many imposed by organizations on themselves. And progress on safety has actually slowed to a crawl. Bureaucracy and compliance impose performance drag on our organizations, and rob us of precisely the sources of human insight, creativity...

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09/27/2017

Mechanical Door Failure Operating Experience Prevents Possible Injury

After receiving and sharing OE-3-2014-03, "Mechanical Door Failures," in March of 2015, measures were put into place at the Idaho National Laboratory to ensure that employees were not in the direct line of fire in case of door failure. On October 26th, 2015 the measures prevented personnel from being injured when a overhead door sprocket came loo...

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