You are here

Enforcement Letter, WEL-2011-01- October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011

Issued to Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC, related to a Worker Injury that occurred during Tree Cutting Operations at the Brookhaven National Laboratory

The Office of Health, Safety and Security's Office of Enforcement and Oversight evaluated a worker injury that occurred at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on March 3, 2011, when a BNL building and grounds utility worker was cutting a tree with a chainsaw while elevated 20 feet above ground in an aerial lift. An approximately eight foot long, 18-inch diameter, 520-pound section of tree trunk fell unexpectedly toward the worker and compressed the worker's right arm against the top railing of the aerial lift basket.  The worker underwent surgery for the injuries, was hospitalized for more than five days, and was unable to work for an extended period.  On May 20, 2011, Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) reported the worker safety and health noncompliances associated with this event, including deficiencies in hazard analysis and abatement as well as worker training, to the Department of Energy (DOE) through a Noncompliance Tracking System report.