Sellafield Faces Prosecution for Contaminating a Worker

By Gary Cutlack on at

The dangers of working in the nuclear power industry might not be in the news much now they've worked out how to stop them melting down so often, but there's still the occasional reminder that it's a potentially harmful industry to be around.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation is something we've just discovered the existence of, thanks to it taking the decision to prosecute Sellafield's operators for allowing a worker to be contaminated while working on site. Not many details are given, only that the incident happened in February of 2017, involves just one member of staff, and occured in a part of the facility where "special nuclear materials" were being handled.

Sellafield's owners is being prosecuted under Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974), which seems to be about providing equipment that's up to the task, well maintained and ensuring that workers are adequately trained. None of which gives us any clue as to what may have gone wrong, and the ONR isn't saying. [ONR via Sky News]

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