DOE Earned Value Management System

The US Department of Energy uses Earned Value Management as a performance management tool that measures actual performance of work scope, and the associated cost and schedule, compared to the approved baseline plan for that work scope. An Earned Value Management System has been proven to be a valuable tool for project managers and is currently bein...

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Always Inspect Gloves Before Removal

An employee wearing nitrile gloves while handling a small vial of hydrofluoric acid noted that the vial was more full than normal. After removing the cap to allow pipetting of a small volume, the employee saw a small drop of liquid above the left hand. The employee removed both gloves, washed and dried their hands, and donned clean gloves. While re...

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Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

This recall involves Kidde dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms. A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm's ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home. Consumers should remove the alarm from the wa...

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Use of Powered Pipe Threader Hand Injury

A worker on an Emergency Communication System upgrade project was threading conduit using a powered pipe/conduit threader. The worker engaged power via the foot pedal while a wrench was placed on the chuck, pinching the tip of his right little finger between the wrench and the support bar, crushing the end of the finger. Improper hand position whil...

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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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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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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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Oakland East Span Bay Bridge Lessons Learned

In the increasing need for larger and more complicated projects, a valuable amount of data is available in lessons learned from prior projects to support the execution of existing and planned projects. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake initiated the California Department of Transportation replacement or retrofitting of more than 2,000 bridges in the...

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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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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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Safe Conduct of Research: A Healthy Respect for What Can Go Wrong

Battelle's Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles form the foundation of PNNL's safety culture. In the second in a series of videos examining the principles in action, PNNL Coastal Sciences Researcher Shon Zimmerman discusses how he maintains a "healthy respect for what can go wrong". Zimmerman got himself, another staff member, and the researc...

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Critical Knowledge inSight: Beware of Complacency

In this video, William Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, discusses the dangers that complacency can cause on a mission or project. He discusses a specific example where water entered an astronaut's space helmet during a spacewalk and caused a dangerous situation. The same problem with water in the helm...

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Identified Suspect/Counterfeit Bolts on Ratchet Tie Downs

Acting on a Department of Energy Operating Experience Level 3 Document on Suspect/Counterfeit Items and an OPEXSHARE report, URS / CH2M Oak Ridge conducted site-wide surveillances specifically designed to identify any suspect bolts associated with the use of ratchet straps. During surveillances, four legacy ratchet tie downs were discovered at the...

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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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Best Practice
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