Outside Storage of Sealand Containers

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  URS CH2M Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, TN

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Nuclear/Nuclear Safety, Engineering, Waste Management, Material Handling/Storage

Containers used for outside storage must be periodically inspected to evaluate the containers integrity and assure that the contents are protected. Inspections should include all surfaces of the container.

During the lift of a SeaLand container the crane operator noticed that the weight exceeded the anticipated weight. It was discovered that the roof of the SeaLand was concave and that water had entered the container causing the additional weight. The Safety Basis Hazard Analysis focused on the potential for the material to escape the SeaLand container in the event of a natural occurrence such as a tornado or earthquake. There was little emphasis placed on long-term container integrity, specifically potential degradation or a breach of the SeaLand allowing for infiltration of water.

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