Three Workers Received Electrical Shock from Camera Digital Macro Ring Flash
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

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Topics:  Electrical, Laboratory

On June 9, 2015, the Shock and Detonation Physics Group management at the Los Alamos National Laboratory reported that three workers had received electrical shocks on separate occasions while handling a Vivitar Series 1 Camera Digital Macro Ring Flash. The workers described their shocks as "static-carpet-like" shocks.

Lessons Learned: When working with equipment that has the potential for containing stored energy, it is important that workers know where the energy is stored and how much of it they can expect. Error reduction tools and methods such as a questioning attitude, self-checking, peer-checking, effective communication, and stopping work when there is uncertainty about conditions adds a layer of protection for workers from hidden hazards in what may appear to be low-hazard situations. Ensure equipment is in a safe configuration and that the hazard analysis has accounted for stored energy prior to modifying equipment

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