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Preliminary Notice of Violation, URS-Washington Division - WEA-2011-01

October 3, 2011

Preliminary Notice of Violation issued to URS-Washington Division related to a Hoisting Incident that occurred at the Sodium Bearing Waste Treatment Project at the Idaho National Laboratory

This letter refers to the Office of Health, Safety and Security's Office of Enforcement and Oversight investigation into the facts and circumstances associated with the October 4, 2010, hoisting incident that occurred when a telescopic hydraulic gantry system (THGS) tipped while lifting a 7,800-pound shield plug at the Sodium Bearing Waste Treatment Project (SBWTP) located at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory. The noncompliances associated with this event were reported into DOE's Noncompliance Tracking System (NTS) report NTS-ID--CWI-IWTU-2010-0007, Hydraulic Telescoping Gantry System Tipped Against Building Structure when Lifting Shield Door. The results of the investigation were provided to URS-Washington Division (URS-WD) in an Investigation Report dated April 20, 2011.  An enforcement conference was held on June 28, 2011, with URS-WD representatives to discuss the report's findings and the URS-WD corrective action plan.  A summary of the conference and list of attendees is enclosed.

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