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December 31, 2010


Trever Nightingale of NERSC has been recognized with a SPOT Award for the best CS Safety Suggestion for September-December, 2010. Nightingale reported a Near Miss where a server came close to hitting his head during installation in a rack. When the rack was originally installed, the servers were shorter, and maneuvering them was not so difficult. Because the rack is installed flush with the wall in a server room, and secured to the floor for seismic bracing, it cannot be readily moved.

There have been several injuries related to installing equipment into racks, or installing the racks themselves. Computer room safety training includes a section on safety considerations for racking equipment:

• Awareness of sharp edges

• Coordination with co-workers

• Making sure hands are clear

• Checking for loose objects before moving equipment

• Use of server lifts

However, difficulty related to rack location should be addressed by management. NERSC is emptying the rack which is located flush with the wall. It will remain empty, or will be used for smaller, lighter equipment which can be installed safely. NERSC will ensure that racks can be serviced either with a two person rule or a server lift.

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