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12/03/2019

Improper Conduct of OJT Results in a Loss of Supply to N-16 System

Qualified On-The-Job Training instructors must:- Supervise personnel under instruction to prevent improper operation of equipment.
- Continuously monitor trainees and remain capable of intervention.
- Ensure early stage trainees discuss procedures and actions before performance. More proficient trainees point and describe actions prior to perform...

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12/02/2019

Employee Injured While Operating a Horizontal Bandsaw

Bandsaws and other types of equipment are used in many different locations and environments. Employees are trained regarding safe use and operation of this equipment. Unfortunately, sometimes employees become so familiar with the operation of the equipment as well as the task at hand that they are convinced a quick use of the equipment outside it...

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11/27/2019

DCS 2162: Defective AC Power Line Cord for Stanford Research Systems Equipment

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety Reporting & Analysis is providing this Data Collection Sheet to inform the DOE complex that Yale Environmental Health & Safety has issued the following safety bulletin on Defective AC Power Line Cord for Stanford Research Systems Equipment. The DOE complex should stop using these products unless otherwi...

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11/26/2019

Verify All Aspects of Subcontractor Owned Procedures Prior to Use

When subcontractors have an Interface Agreement and can use their own approved Lockout/Tagout procedure the following should occur:(1) Before the first use of the procedure all documentation should be checked to ensure that the subcontractor has performed the needed training.
(2) A review of the subcontractor's equipment should be performed to ens...

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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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12/09/2019

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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11/19/2019

The Safe Conduct of Research: Cutting Edge Science Requires Cutting Edge Safety

When PNNL researchers began planning a project to synthesize a highly-toxic chemical agent, there was no room for error. Because of the risks involved, management had to match the significance of the work to a rigorous safety protocol. Before the work could begin, researchers and a diverse set of subject matter experts collaborated to perform an in...

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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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