Detaching Lead Shielding Results in Injury
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company (Richland, WA - Hanford Site), Richland, WA - Hanford Site (CHPRC)

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Ergonomics, Work Management/Planning, Deactivation and Decommissioning

While removing lead shielding from a glove box a finger was injured when it was pinched between the lead shielding and a section of angle iron causing a fracture and requiring sutures for closure. The shielding weighed approximately 50 pounds.

Lessons Learned: Evaluate the placement of personnel, support devices and ventilation control devices to maintain a line of sight and reduce the potential for a worker to absorb the weight of a load unknowingly. Communicating throughout the work evolution rather than assumptions from past work activities can ensure the worker is aware of a progress or change before it happens.

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