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03/19/2019

Fatality Alert - Fitting Ejected from 500-ton Hydraulic Jack Killing Worker

MSHA MINE FATALITY - On March 6, 2019, a 35-year-old contractor with 35 weeks of experience was fatally injured when he was struck by a relief valve that was ejected from a 500-ton hydraulic jack. The hydraulic jack was being engaged to make contact with the frame of a P&H 4100A shovel when the relief valve was ejected.

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03/19/2019

Fatality Alert - Wrench Slips Off Causing Fatal Fall

On March 7, 2019, a 46 year (old) contractor with three years of experience was fatally injured when he lost his balance and fell backwards through a narrow gap between two log washers and landed on a cable tray approximately 12 feet below. The victim was changing drive belts on a log washer motor when his wrench slipped off of a bolt he was tighte...

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03/18/2019

Material Handling Events

This Lessons Learned was recently shared during a briefing at the Materials and Fuels Complex. The lesson reviews a series of material handling incidents that occurred at INL in late summer/early fall of 2018 and how the incidents shared common threads, one of which was the use of the wrong tool for the job.

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03/14/2019

Hose Not Mechanically Secured during Blow-Down Strikes Worker

Preparing for freezing nighttime temperatures following the daily work activities can be necessary to avoid frozen equipment at the start of winter work days. Each year during the late fall and winter months, crews drain water and fixative lines at the end of the daily work activities. Attempts have been made to drain the lines by walking the hos...

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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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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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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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04/11/2018

The Safe Conduct of Research - Cobalt-60 Source Transfer

Battelle's Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles form the foundation of PNNL's safety culture. In the third in a series of videos examining these principles in action, a PNNL project team tasked with the planning, procurement, and receipt of a highly radioactive source of Cobalt-60 shares how the SCoR principles inform their work.
From maint...

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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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