Scaffolding was assembled around a bridge crane load block and hook to support battery maintenance. Bridge crane hazardous energy controls were not implemented to prevent bridge crane movement during the maintenance activity. Bridge crane movement could result in scaffold/personnel contact. Personnel must maintain an awareness of their work surroun...Read More
This recall involves Westinghouse iGen2500 and iPro2500 portable inverter generators used to power appliances, cell phones or other electronic devices. The portable generators can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. The firm has received four reports of the recalled generators overheating and catching on fire. No injuries have been reporte...Read More
An exposed electrical heat trace conductor on a sludge tank sample line valve was discovered by an employee after a heat trace end seal kit fell off resulting in an uncontrolled electrical hazard. The installed end seal kit model was incompatible with the heat trace model. The heat trace is a thermostatically controlled circuit utilized to provide...Read More
The boom of a Pellegrini stiff leg derrick failed while lifting a muck bucket. The crane operator and the foreman were in the operator's station, or "crow's nest," on the edge of the high-wall. As the boom started to fail, they were able to run to safety before the operator's station was crushed. The derrick collapsed into the quarry, but no injuri...Read More
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...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
For maximum stability while at work on a slope, the crawlers or wheels and the undercarriage of the excavator should be placed parallel to the slope and not across the slope.
A supervisor positioned the tracks of a hydraulic excavator in such a manner that it caused the machine to overturn as he was moving it. Though the supervisor sustained an i...
The Safe Conduct of Research principles form the foundation of PNNL's safety and operational culture. In the first of a series of videos examining the principles in action, Associate Laboratory Director Allison Campbell reflects on her recent experience in a serious cycling accident and the principle "Learning Never Stops". The accident was a remin...Read More
This INL produced video discusses Slips, Trips, and Falls that account for twenty percent of INL's workplace injuries.Read More
RICHLAND, Wash. - Cody Krisher, an employee of EM Richland Operations Office contractor Mission Support Alliance, discusses his work on the Plutonium Finishing Plant complex demolition in this video. RL and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company are currently knocking down the complex's main processing facility. Krisher and other workers...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
Mechanical Rollup Door
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 loose and dropped to the floor. The measures that were put in place, as a result of the operating experience, are credited with the prevention of possible injury to workers who were in the area when the sprocket fell.
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