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When Building Manager Adam Bradford noticed a distracted worker coming too close to the edge one day he identified this safety issue to Facilities and Environment/Safety/and Health (EHS) staff. Working with EHS’s Matthew Rice, the safety gear that was eventually installed balances the needs for dock work while bringing attention to the safety hazard for pedestrians. Adam’s initiative in identifying the hazard and seeing the resolution through to a successful end has earned him an EHS Safety Recognition Award. More>

 

Lab Senior Laborer Jose Soriano is a winner of the most recent Hero Card raffle.  He spotted a bottle of liquid near Building 88 without a label and alerted his supervisor.  Due to his vigilance, the substance in the bottle was analyzed, found to be a hazardous oil, and disposed of properly.   For his actions, he was given a Hero Card which made him eligible for the quarterly raffle.   Nicely done Jose!
Janie Morse and Michael WallingTwo stories show the dedication of Berkeley Lab workers who look out for their colleagues' safety: Every day, Michael Walling and Janie Morse process incoming packages in Berkeley Lab’s Shipping and Receiving department. But late last year, they spotted a potentially dangerous problem. Packages of hazardous materials were arriving without proper labeling. Michael and Janie took action to ensure the shipper was aware and would correct its procedure.
Bill Singh

A few months back, Bill Singh, a senior recruiter in Human Resources, spotted slip hazards on a walkway near Building 90. “Leaf-blowers had blown foliage onto the hilly stairway leading from Building 90 to Building 55,” he says. This made for a slippery situation, so Bill took action and cleared the branches off the walkway so that others could walk safely. Robert Rodriguez, a fellow senior recruiter in HR, happened to see Bill’s efforts to prevent a slip-and-fall injury, and promptly handed over a Hero Card.

 

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For ATAP Division Director Wim Leemans, listening to firsthand accounts of accidents and near-misses “is more powerful than any lessons learned that you get in an e-mail.”

For example, he says, two of his Lab workers shared experiences from previous jobs in industry, where, Leemans says, “laser safety standards were lower than what we have.” Both employees had suffered eye injuries from lasers. Among their details shared with Berkeley Lab coworkers:  When you are struck in the eye with a laser, your vision turns red due to popped blood vessels.

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