Staff Member Injured at New Jersey Port

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland WA), Richland, WA (PNNL)

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Work Management/Planning, Compressed Gas/Air, Heavy Equipment

A team of four staff performing calibration activities on a Port of New Jersey Radiation Portal Monitor (RPM), discovered one of the portal's components, located on the second level of the portal, had failed. The team located a replacement component and contemplated whether to replace it from inside or outside the RPM. A decision was made by the team to bring the component inside the RPM and physically lift it to the second level using the portal's access ladder. The lift required two team members on the ground to lift the component off the floor and above their heads to the team members located on the second level. One of the team members on the ground felt pain in his elbow as he lifted the component but informed the other team members he was ok. The next day he was still in pain and decided he should report the injury and be evaluated by a medical professional.

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