Finger Cut During Metal Cover Removal Activity

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, Paducah, KY (FRNP)

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Operations

Deliberately implementing the Integrated Safety Management System Core Function, "Providing Feedback and Continuous Improvement" can significantly reduce hazards associated with work scope. Identifying improved methods for removing metal covers over an asbestos-insulated steam line could have prevented a recordable injury.

On February, 20, 2020, employees at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant were removing sheet metal covers over asbestos containing material (ACM) insulation on a steam line. This work was being performed in a glove bag without cut-resistant gloves. The employee was wearing two pair of nitrile gloves, plus the gloves integral to the bag itself. While removing a section of metal cover, a sharp edge cut through the three pairs of gloves and cut the employee's finger resulting in a recordable injury. A deliberate review of the work to provide feedback as part of the ISMS cycle could have identified the opportunity to improve the work method to remove the metal covers before glove bagging the pipe for ACM removal.

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