Switchgear Station Potential Exposures to Hazardous Energy

On February 10, 2017 work activities at the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) on D&D SWGR-1 (Temporary Electrical Power Switchgear Station) were scheduled to take place. After isolating the main disconnect in SWGR-1 and installing the Lockout/Tagout (LOTO), the work team performed the safe to work check, and removed the back panels to SWGR-1 in prep...

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Construction Laborer Falls when Ladder Breaks

A construction laborer was injured and later died after an extension ladder he was climbing broke and he fell 12 feet. On the day of the incident, the victim and a co-worker were installing flashing over fire sprinkler heads on the exterior of a building. The victim placed a ladder against the side of the building. The other worker stood at the bot...

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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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INL Engine And Ambulance Vehicle Accident

An INL engine company consisting of five firefighters and two apparatus - a fire engine and ambulance - deployed from the Central Facilities Area Station 1 northbound on Lincoln road for a routine facility tour. The engine was leading with the ambulance following. While following the engine, the ambulance driver observed a coyote on the east side o...

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Safety by Choice, Not by Chance: How to Avoid Slips, Trips, and Falls

Each year at PNNL, more staff members are hurt by a slip, trip, or fall while performing work than by any other means. Besides potentially missing time at work or having your work activities restricted, if you are hurt, you may be unable to participate in other activities you enjoy or have vacation plans impacted.
Slips, trips, and falls don't jus...

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3.5 Minutes, Driving Safety at Idaho National Laboratory

This INL-produced driver safety video was developed to heighten awareness of driver safety and build on INLs strong safety culture. The video shows actual footage of a few close calls that INL professional bus drivers witness almost daily as they drive employees between their pickup locations and the desert Site. In some cases, defensive actions...

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Success Stories

Mechanical Door Failure Operating Experience Prevents Possible Injury
After receiving and sharing OE-3-2014-03, "Mechanical Door Failures," in March of 2016, 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. The measures prevented personnel from being injured on October 26th, 2016, when a overhead door sprocket came loose and door dropped to the floor. The corrective measures that were put into place, along with effective communication of those measures, is credited with the prevention of possible injury to workers in the area when the sprocket fell to the floor.   

Leaking Radioactive Source Identified Prior to Shipping off Site 
Responding positively and appropriately to DOE Operating Experience prevented a leaking exempt C-14 radioactive source from leaving the Idaho National Laboratory, thereby avoiding the likely potential for off-site spread of contamination at a local high school.

Sit-To-Stand Workstation Implementation
As a result of an article published 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 Stand Workstations a survey was conducted by the National Security Technologies, LLC Ergonomic Program. The survey indicated that most users perceived that it improved comfort, employee health, cognitive ability, productivity, and energy.

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