Worker Fractures Fingers Operating Aging, Infrequently Used Valve
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Mission Support Alliance - MSA (Richland, WA - Hanford), Richland, WA - Hanford Site (MSA)

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Operations, Maintenance

A worker injured their right hand while operating a valve, when the valve drive bushing failed. The failure resulted in the worker's hand being caught between an adjacent pipe and the wrench being used to operate the valve. The worker immediately sustained bone fractures to the tips of the middle and ring fingers of their right hand. Routine preventative and predictive maintenance programs should be in place that include valve cycling and lubrication for their infrastructure systems to mitigate the potential for failures and provide improvements in maintenance support activities.

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