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01/18/2018

Timing of Final Inspections Causes Significant Delays in Turnover Schedule

In support of a planned building energization, the required Authority Having Jurisdiction inspections were requested. As a result of the inspection, it was identified that unexpected work would be required to correct the findings. As this was unrealized work and the inspections performed to close to the energization date, the schedule for energiz...

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01/16/2018

Hurricane Irma Shutdown Site Communications

Coordinated efforts to prepare the Savannah River Site and keep the employees informed of the operational status of the site during hurricane Irma in September 2017, ensured that all site personnel were aware of the status of site operations during the storm and the return to work schedule following the storm.

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01/11/2018

Poor Coordination of Working Level Schedules Leads to Delays in Testing

Lack of integration at the working level caused confusion between functions. Although the functions had developed schedules, the working level activities were not integrated with the other functions. Logic ties had not been routinely identified and the detailed schedules were not being communicated amongst the stakeholders. As a result, the ener...

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01/11/2018

Recalled Baseboard Heaters and Heater Obstructions

At Idaho National Laboratory's TREAT Facility, an assessment discovered that some older Square D electric baseboard heaters, which were still in service in MFC-721, had been recalled. On April 11, 1996, per Release #96-098, Square D announced a voluntary recall of electric baseboard heaters manufactured between 1970 and 1986, for model numbers beg...

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03/21/2017

Oakland East Span Bay Bridge Lessons Learned

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...

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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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11/30/2016

Excavator Overturns, Seatbelt Prevents Serious Injury

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...

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01/04/2017

DOE Operating Experience Level 3 - Avoiding-Vehicle-Accidents

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...

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01/15/2018

Critical Knowledge inSight: Beware of Complacency

In this video, William Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, discusses the dangers that complacency can cause on a mission or project. He discusses a specific example where water entered an astronaut's space helmet during a spacewalk and caused a dangerous situation. The same problem with water in the helm...

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01/17/2018

Use Traffic Safety Cones to Improve Visibility and Safety

Over the last year, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has noticed an uptick in minor events where objects have been contacted both behind and in front of slowly moving work vehicles. In an effort to mitigate these events, brainstorming sessions were held to discuss possible solutions. These sessions resulted in the idea that orange traffic safet...

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11/07/2017

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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12/07/2017

The Safe Conduct of Research: Learning Never Stops

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...

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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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