Professional riggers were transferring a 4,500 lb lathe approximately 2 inches off the floor in the Materials and Fuels Complex Fabrication Shop when the sling failed. The lathe was being removed from the facility, destined for excess. The load dropped to the floor without adverse consequences to people or the facility. The sling was rated for 12,...Read More
After remaining in storage for nine years, a disposal path for a contaminated glovebox was determined. In preparation for shipment, high levels of contamination were detected underneath the glovebox. When taken out of service, the glovebox ports were covered with plastic and secured with duct tape. One section of the tape holding plastic over the...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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,...Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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.
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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...Read More
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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