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Anatomy of an Incident and Lessons Learned: Arc Flash Accident at Los Alamos National Laboratory Technical Area 53

Series 
ISM Colloquium
Presenter 
Tommy R. Martinez, Los Alamos National Laboratory
August 29, 2017 10:00AM to 11:00AM
Location 
Building 402
Type 
Colloquium

Abstract: On May 3, 2015, at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Technical Area 53, during preventive maintenance on a 13.8-kV electrical substation, a wireman entered a cubicle on the energized portion of the switchgear to clean it with a commercial spray cleaner and suffered severe injuries from the resulting arc flash and blast. This presentation will break down the accident, describe the findings from the Joint Accident Investigation Team, and discuss the Lessons Learned and enhancements made to the LANL Electrical Safety Program.