Serious Accident Alert - Fall from Cone Crusher

An accident occurred on July 25, 2017 when a miner was attempting to change the oil filter on the diesel motor for the cone crusher. The miner was using a filter wrench to remove the filter while standing on the battery box adjacent to the motor. The filter wrench broke and slipped causing the employee to fall about 5 feet to the ground causing inj...

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Welding Program Ownership

Consensus national codes, and specifically the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, specify ownership and transfer of ownership requirements for use of welding program documentation including; procedure qualification records, welding procedure specifications, welder performance qualification records (qualifications), as well as other welding s...

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Spill of Chemical During Receiving Process

When a cardboard carton, containing six 2.5 liter bottles of Lithium Chloride solution was lifted by an employee, the bottom opened and one of the 2.5 liter bottles in the box fell and broke. The pH of the liquid was 0 (highly acidic). The label on the box indicated it was 10 Molar 6LiCl and shipped from the National Institute of Science and Tech...

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Safety Notice - Genie Manlift Operator Protective Alarm

Mandatory action required.
Genie has determined that the Operator's Protective Alarm (OPA) installed on any of certain models are equipped with a mounting bracket that may become loose. This may cause the OPA assembly to fall off the machine resulting in a collision hazard. This Safety Notice requires installing a reinforcement structure around...

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New equipment configuration and work practice changes enable significant improvements in safety and efficiency

Recently, SLACs Facilities & Operations (F&O) division reviewed their equipment measurement locations and compiled a list of the most hazardous locations for technicians to access. Taking this data, F&O came up with a less hazardous configuration and improved methods for obtaining predictive maintenance information in the field. In this example,...

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DOE Operating Experience Level 3 - Avoiding-Vehicle-Accidents

This Operating Experience Level 3 document provides information about a safety concern related to vehicle use at Department of Energy facilities. These events demonstrate the consequences of omitting any steps in safe vehicle shutdown as well as the importance of paying attention to the road for pedestrians, obstacles, and slowing vehicles. Those w...

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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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Ballistic Release of a JPL Pump Component

Flaws in utility design, operation, configuration management, and safety assurance led to a 10-lb. cast iron water pump coupling being hurled through a building window and across 95 ft. of the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory campus. Ground support equipment that can damage critical infrastructure or injure personnel should receive a level of...

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Heat Stress Physiological Monitoring

Savannah River Remediation is utilizing a new heat stress technology to make high heat, high work load jobs safer for everyone. A Physiological Monitoring device is worn on the chest to monitor the workers heart rate. If a heart rate exceeds a certain level for a period of time, workers are requested to stop working and cool off. Workers can the...

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Pitches: From Ugh to Wow

Have a storyline. Know your "ask". Don't talk to your poster...or your laptop.
These are just some of the tips - and pitfalls - demonstrated in the PNNL video, "Pitches: From Ugh to Wow." This four-and-a-half-minute video is designed for researchers and others who exhibit technologies at trade shows, conferences, and the like.

Dr. Jennifer Lee,...

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Pedestrian Safety - Defensive Walking

This is a Pedestrian safety promotion video provided to inform workers about the dangers of walking in their everyday work environment. Safety professionals discuss the need for greater awareness when walking and especially when using cross-walks, as they can provide a false sense of safety.

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Anatomy of an Incident and Lessons Learned: Arc Flash Accident at Los Alamos National Laboratory

On May 3, 2015 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Technical Area 53, during Preventative Maintenance on a 13.8-kV electrical substation, a wireman entered a cubicle on the energized portion of the switchgear to clean it with a commercial spray cleaner and suffered severe injuries from the resulting arc flash and blast. This is a video of a...

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Success Stories

Managing Risks Prevents Possible Power Outage

A downed power pole at the NNSS is normally cause for much concern. But when severe winds swept through Southern Nevada on March 30 and knocked down twin poles on Hill 200 north of Mercury, there was no panic. The reason? New steel transmission power poles that were installed in December 2016, replacing the 60-year-old wooden poles that previously served the area. This is a perfect example of why we use an Enterprise Risk Management process to make informed infrastructure improvements. (see OPEXShare Best Practice, Enterprise Risk Management). Identifying site risks through this process enabled us to avert the impacts of this damage and the difficulty in reaching and rectifying the lost pole/power.

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DOE Corporate Operating Experience Program Documents: OE-1, OE-2, OE-3, Operating Experience Summaries, Suspect/Counterfeit/Defective Items, Data Collection Sheets, and ORPS Summaries/Final reports.

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Reports issued to communicate brief examples of problems and mistakes encountered in actual cases and to present points to be consider for avoiding similar occurrences.

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