Electrical Spark Observed While Removing HVAC Unit

In October 2019, a University of Tennessee - Battelle, LLC (UT-B) subcontracted sheet metal worker was removing an overhead HVAC air handling unit (AHU). All electrical utilities in place to the AHUs were to be de-energized by UT-B, prior to the physical connections to each AHU being disconnected and an air gap established by subcontracted electri...

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Operating Experience summary 2020-02: Emerging Contaminants in Groundwater at Brookhaven National Laboratory

This Operating Experience Summary provides information about per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances that have been identified in drinking water and groundwater at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on Long Island, New York.

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Operating Experience Summary 2020-01: ORPS Data Indicates Work Process Deficiencies at Active Deactivation and Decommissioning Projects

The Office of Environment, Safety and Health Assessments (EA-30), within the Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA), performed a review of Occurrence Reporting and Processing System (ORPS) radiological events for recent deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) activities that had been identified by the site as having work process deficiencies.

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Operating Experience Level 3 2020-01: DOE Occupational Radiation Exposures for 2018

This Operating Experience Level 3 (OE-3) document provides an overview of the status of occupational radiation exposures at the Department of Energy, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, for calendar year 2018.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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