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.