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02/17/2020

Analytical Microwave Fire

Lessons Learned Recommendations:1. Ensure the temperature probe is compatible with the microwave model being used. Consult the manufacturer if there is any doubt.
2. Remove incompatible parts/consumables from the equipment operational area.
3. For accurate temperature measurements during a microwave run, the thermocouple needs to measure the tem...

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02/12/2020

Containment Guidelines Best Work Practices

The following is a historical document from Hanford, being issued here for reference, originally published December 2007, prepared for the U. S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management. It is clearly marked, "Approved for Public Release; Further Dissemination Unlimited."
The attached contains guidelines and criteria...

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02/06/2020

M-43 Diesel Generator Trip Due To Loss Of Fuel Oil

At the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR), the M-43 Diesel Generator suffered a loss of fuel oil pressure and tripped offline (quit running due to loss of fuel). The M-6 Emergency Diesel Generator sensed a loss of voltage and came online, replacing the output of the M-43 generator. Reactor operation was not impacted, as it had already been shut down earli...

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02/06/2020

Hurrying Is An At-Risk Behavior That Can Lead to Undesired Consequences

At-risk behaviors are actions that involve shortcuts, violations of error-prevention expectations, or simple actions intended to improve efficient performance of a task, usually at some expense of safety. Hurrying through an activity or rushing to complete a task is an error precursor and an example of an at-risk behavior.
When performing tasks o...

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01/15/2019

Lessons from Hydrogen Fire and Explosion in Unattended Experiment at PNNL

On September 30, 2018, a fire and minor explosion occurred in a laboratory in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Physical Sciences Laboratory building. While damage to the experimental equipment was significant, the damage to the lab itself was minimal. Over the course of an investigation and causal analysis, much was learned.
PNNL managemen...

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11/13/2018

Subcontract Employee Engaged Fall Protection

At the Materials and Fuels Complex, a subcontract employee was placing floor decking on the second floor of the Research Collaboration Building when their retractable lanyard slightly locked up causing the employee to lose their balance. The employee fell approximately 4 feet through a gap in previously placed floor decking and was arrested by thei...

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02/06/2019

What Safe Practices Will You Do Today To Get To Tomorrow?

Safety means not having to say "I wish I would have done something differently." The Mission Support & Test Services, LLC, Downtown Safety Committee shares with us their first step in making that happen. Safety is in every single aspect of our lives, work, and home. Ask yourself what safe practices will you do today to get to tomorrow? Who d...

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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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11/19/2018

Laborer Severely Injured in Fall from Scissor Lift

A construction laborer was severely injured when he fell 60 feet to the ground below. He fell through a gap between the scissor lift he was working from and the building when the deck extension platform of the scissor lift moved. The scissor lift had a broken deck extension locking pin. This spring-loaded pin was used to lock the lift's deck extens...

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12/17/2019

Holiday Safety - OPEXShare Republish - Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas Tree Safety is something worth reminding us about. Often, older OPEXShare articles are brought to our attention that are worth resharing.....
Follow this link to a Christmas Tree Video that shows two Christmas Trees, one has been watered, the other is dry... See the difference it makes when they both are exposed to an ignition source!
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12/09/2019

Traffic Safety - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Rollover Safety Video

Traffic Safety is important to us all...
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in association with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and industry partners, created this tool as a training aid for commercial drivers of cargo tank motor vehicles transporting hazardous materials.

While it is desi...

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11/07/2017

Slippery When Wet

This INL produced video discusses Slips, Trips, and Falls that account for twenty percent of INL's workplace injuries.

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02/01/2018

How to choose slip-resistant occupational footwear

Choosing work boots and shoes that have adequate slip resistance is not a simple exercise, especially when work surfaces cannot be controlled, such as outdoors, where there can be snow, ice, soil, wet surfaces, etc. To make an informed choice, you must take into account a number of factors related to the worker, the environment and the tasks to be...

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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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