On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 an electrician at the Fernald Closure Project was injured when the multimeter being used to check voltage in a cabinet experienced an electrical short. The worker's gloves and radiological protective protection equipment (PPE) were melted and the worker suffered minor burns. Because of the nature of this event (electrical and fire hazards), the accident could have been fatal. The attached pictures are provided for your use and information. The cause was preliminarily identified to be defective test equipment. A formal investigation is underway, lessons learned are being developed, and appropriate corrective actions will be implemented. Preliminary investigations also revealed that this equipment lacked the required certification from a national testing laboratory.

In light of this safety event, the Chief Operating Officer of Office (COO) of Environmental Management (EM) is requiring that you immediately inspect all electrical test equipment and remove the CEN-TECH Digital Multimeter equipment at Brookhaven and any other equipment lacking markings showing approval by an appropriate certifying laboratory.


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