Glovebox Tips over and Falls during Relocation Activities
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

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Topics:  Operations, Material Handling/Storage, Glovebox & Containment Systems

To move a nine foot by three foot glovebox, each of the four legs were placed onto casters so it could be rolled along the floor. Workers recognized that the glovebox was top heavy but continued to move it along a 30 foot path. At some point one of the casters hit a depression in the floor and slid out from under the one of the glovebox legs, causing it to tip over. The glovebox fell into a radiological controlled area narrowly missing another glovebox and other equipment.

For non-routine and complex equipment moves, subject matter experts should be consulted evaluate the move, analyze hazards and plan the move. In some cases, the best choice may be using a hoisting/rigging crew to perform the move.

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