03.06.2003 Supervisor Erol Bars Prevented Alan Haungs from LOTO causing Radio Exposure and Contamination

KEY POINTS:

  • The cyclotron cooling system’s deionized water was consistently overflowing.
  • This overflow and runoff is collected and contained in the radio waste storage tanks in the waste water facility below-grade in Parker Hall.
  • The fault was caused by a poorly positioned float bowl valve.
  • Supervisor Erol Bars told me to adjust the float bowl with the cyclotron running.
  • Erol Bars told me that the cooling water does not become activated (radioactive) while the cyclotron is running because the proton beam does not intersect the cooling water path.
  • I told him that I wanted to do the repair with the pump de-energized, unplugged, which is consistent with lock out tag out.  LOTO is a term Supervisor Erol Bars did not understand as profoundly evidenced when he tried to convince an OSHA Inspector that interlocks are sufficient electrical safe guards.
  • He insisted there was no hazard and that I was to proceed while the cyclotron continued to operate.
  • I did and as a result I became radio contaminated, and needed to shower.
  • Supervisor Erol Bars then realized that that target was incorrectly designed for it had allowed proton beam or neutron flux to intersect it.
  • Neither I for performing this act, nor Supervisor Erol Bars was disciplined for telling me to perform this act. This incident was included in the minutes of the Radiation Safety Meeting, which minutes conveniently failed to mention that Erol Bars told me to do this act, only mentioning my name.
  • From that point forward I realized that I need to protect myself from CRS management dishonesty thus I created this incident report (see below) in case of future repercussions and scapegoating.
  • This incident proved to me the fallibility of Supervisor Erol Bars knowledge and judgment, and that I needed to protect myself more vigilantly from him.
  • From that time forward I started a resistance against CRS unsafe practices, which increasing resistance ultimately resulted in my acquiring an additional Supervisor, Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek who was appointed to help frustrate my efforts toward safety and finally helped to facilitate my dismissal from CRS.
  • The practice of LOTO would of completely of prevented me from this contamination.
  • Because radio-activated water has a short half-life and thus loses its radioactivity extremely fast, this repair could of been done with the cyclotron shutdown, and the pump unplugged (which runs with or without the cyclotron producing beam) with the accumulation of little down time.
  • This incident was purely foolish and unjustifiable.

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03.06.03 Supervisor Erol Bars Prevented Alan Haungs from LOTO (Radio Exposure and Contamination