DOE Daily: Fernald Crane Collapse/Hanford Thyroid Study/LLNL Soils Info

1/26/99 8:06:24 AM Mountain Standard Time

1.0  NEW
      
      GANTRY CRANE COLLAPSE RESULTS IN PERSONNEL INJURY - FERNALD 
      ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROJECT, OHIO OPERATIONS OFFICE
      
      On Thursday, January 14, 1999*, Fluor Daniel Fernald (FDF) Assistant 
      Emergency Duty Officer (AEDO) was notified of a personnel injury. An 
      Instrument Mechanic was moving calibration weights in the scale shop 
      with a Gantry Crane (an A-frame gantry, measuring approximately 12 
      feet in height and 10 feet in length, rated for a 2,000 pound 
      capacity, and mounted on casters for portability) just before the 
      accident occurred. The Instrument Mechanic was attempting to 
      reposition the Gantry Crane when it collapsed. One of the leg braces 
      apparently became disconnected from one of the I-Beam fittings of the 
      Gantry Crane, causing it to collapse and injure the Instrument 
      Mechanic. The Instrument Mechanic was able to pull himself clear of 
      the Gantry Crane to the hallway and summon help.  A fellow employee 
      immediately called for help using the emergency phone number.  The 
      Instrument Mechanic suffered fractures to the right fibula and ankle, 
      and ligament damage to the right ankle. The Instrument Mechanic also 
      suffered minor lacerations and abrasions to his face. 
      
      The accident scene was immediately secured by the AEDO and a Security 
      Guard was posted to ensure the scene was not disturbed. FDF Management 
      has appointed an Investigation Team to determine the cause(s) for the 
      accident and to recommend corrective actions to prevent recurrence. 
      FDF Management directed an inspection of all other Gantry Cranes prior 
      to continued operation.  (ORPS #  OH-FN-FDF-FEMP-1999-000. Contact Bob 
      Nichols at 513- 648-5180) (*Please note, ORPS has been inaccessible 
      since January 14, hence the late nature of the reporting of this 
      incident in the Daily.) 


2.0  UPDATE
      
      HANFORD THYROID DISEASE STUDY - RICHLAND OPERATIONS OFFICE,  
      HANFORD SITE
      
      The Hanford Thyroid Disease Study is expected to be released on 
      January 28.  The study was conducted by scientists at the Fred 
      Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, 
      and funded by the Centers for Disease Control.  (Richland Operations 
      Office Daily Report.  Contact Mary Goldie at 509-376-7505)
          
      ANALYTICAL DATA RELEASED ON PARK SOIL SAMPLES - OAKLAND 
     OPERATIONS OFFICE, LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY
      
      A press release was issued today announcing all of the samples taken 
      in the August 1998 sampling of Livermore's Big Trees Park showed 
      plutonium concentrations below the U.S. Environmental Protection 
      Agency's level of concern for residential soil.  The 1998 sampling of 
      Big Trees Park had two purposes.  The first was to determine if 
      plutonium is present below the surface at a concentration that posed 
      an unacceptable risk to the public.  The second purpose of the 1998 
      sampling was to determine if a pathway for transport to the park of 
      plutonium at values above global fallout could be identified. Analysis 
      of the data supports the hypothesis that sewage sludge used as a soil 
      amendment when planting trees is the source of the slightly elevated 
      levels of plutonium.  There was good agreement between the analytical 
      laboratories indicating high reliability of the results. Local 
      Livermore media covered a press conference at the lab's visitor's 
      center.  (Oakland Operations Office Daily Report.  Contact John 
      Belluardo at 510- 637-1811)
     
      3.0  OTHER   Nothing significant to report. - End of report.