Near Miss: Unexpected Positive Pressure in Drum During Lid Removal
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Operations, Work Management/Planning, Transportation and Packaging, Material Handling/Storage

Unexpected positive pressure in an empty 85-gallon type (A) drum was discovered while removing the lid as part of a required security inspection prior to receipt into the facility. Two mitigative measures have been put into place for all future inspections of this kind. Always remove the bung plug first to equalize pressure and use a strap/sling to restrain the lid.

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