DOE Operating Experience Summary - Failures to Follow Prescribed Hazardous Electrical Energy Control Processes
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Type:  DOE OPEX

Publisher:  U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security

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Topics:  Electrical, Hazardous Energy Control

Hazardous energy control processes are designed to protect workers from exposure to hazardous energy, including electrical energy. Exposure to electrical energy can cause shocks, burns, electrocution, and injuries resulting from falls or being struck by objects. Arc flashes and arc blasts can cause severe injuries as well. Property damage may also occur when hazardous energy is not adequately controlled by strict adherence to processes created to protect workers and property.

From 2012 until the first quarter of 2018, there were 390 reports of these occurrences throughout the DOE complex. They comprised between four and nine percent of the total ORPS reports, with the percentage of ORPS reports caused by failures to follow a prescribed hazardous energy control process increasing over the past four years.

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