Assess Damaged Equipment for Hazards from a Safety Perspective and Apply Conservative Controls
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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:  Electrical, Maintenance, Hazardous Energy Control

Electrical hazards were not fully assessed by operations personnel when damaged electrical equipment was discovered. When personnel discovered a missing exterior building light, the associated breaker was placed in the OFF position and only an Out-of-Service tag was installed which later put workers at risk when repairing the light.

Lesson Learned: When a piece of equipment is found to be damaged, thoroughly assess the hazards from a safety standpoint. Apply conservative controls to ensure a safe condition is established to protect workers from possible exposure to hazardous energy when deranged equipment is identified.

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