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Sunday, October 7, 2018

What is the reason behind the recent LANL injuries?

What is the reason behind the recent LANL injuries?

One worker is being treated for internal radiation exposure, after a subcutaneous injection was missed on the initial look.

Another worker was sent to the hospital following injury in a chemical explosion.

Is this normal LANL accident rates, or it is caused by the upheaval of the contract transition and workers become distracted from their jobs?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...


I would guess that it is the last of the issues with Bechtel. Once they are gone things will get a lot better. UC will also have more say and we can all agree that will be a good thing.

Anonymous said...


See ya Bechtel. By the way more confirmations that the Bechtel bid was just horrible and that it why there was no protest, it was not even remotely close.

Anonymous said...

Los Alamos National Laboratory posted its lowest-ever illness and injury rate, as documented by the industry standard of Days Away Restricted Transfer Rate (DART) and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rates. Today, Los Alamos rates are well below comparable industry averages.

This performance reflects the Laboratory’s emphasis on safety training, the commitment of workers and managers to personal and collective safety, and our health and wellness programs. This summer, DOE renewed the Laboratory’s Voluntary Protection Program Star status, making Los Alamos the largest VPP Star site among the 17 national laboratories.

From the LANL News Bulletin: The Laboratory’s TRC rate has dropped from 3.43 injuries in 2006 to .71 at the end of September 2018, a 79 percent decrease. The DART rate showed an even more impressive drop of 89 percent, from 1.36 in 2006 to .15 at the end of last month.

“Every day workers at the Laboratory carry out complex and hazardous missions that are critically important to our national security,” said Laboratory Director Terry Wallace. “Performing this work safely is—and will continue to be—a priority for everyone at the Laboratory. These low injury and illness rates reflect that. It’s particularly impressive given the volume of work performed here on a daily basis. I want to thank everyone for your commitment to keeping each other safe and, consequently, making Los Alamos one of the safest places to work in the DOE Complex.”

Anonymous said...

Quoting a LANL source is not a very convincing argument for anything.

Anonymous said...

QUoting an article that points to actual TRC rates is convincing. Are you that dense?

Anonymous said...

I don't think new management will change bad habits. Good luck though.

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