Set Up Work to Avoid Line-of-Fire Incidents
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Z - Not used - Was Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( see Federal Agency U. S. DOE or under DOE Contractor LL National Security), Livermore, CA

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Ergonomics, Occupational Safety and Health

When using any tool, be aware of the tools path and guard against potential lines of fire that can make the user, co-located workers, and local facilities vulnerable to an unsuccessful operation.

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