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    ROOFLIGHT FALL ON NUCLEAR POWER SITE

    Energy generating company and maintenance contractor fined

    Two major companies have been fined a total of £350,000 after a workman sustained serious injuries when he fell through a fragile domed skylight at Hinkley Point B power station in 2017.

    The accident was a “conventional health and safety matter” and with no “nuclear safety or radiological risk” to workers or the public.

    Important that lessons are learnt

    Both companies had pleaded guilty to the charges brought by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

    • EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd – was been fined £200,000 for offences under the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, section 3(1)
    • Doosan Babcock Ltd – was fined £150,000 for breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 – Regulation 4(1). The companies were also ordered to each pay half of the prosecution costs of £36,353.84.

    Donald Urquhart, ONR’s Deputy Chief Inspector and Director of Operating Facilities regulation, said:

    “The level of financial penalty in this case is not a matter on which ONR has a view. As an independent regulator, what matters to me is the safety of workers and the public on and around nuclear licensed sites, and this prosecution shows we will take robust regulatory action where necessary to ensure that those that we regulate secure and maintain compliance with the law.

    In addition to these legal proceedings, we issued enforceable improvement notices to both EDF and Doosan Babcock, requiring them to put in place appropriate safety measures to ensure that such risks are properly controlled in the future.

    It is extremely important that lessons are learnt from incidents such as this, and I am pleased to note that both companies have since complied with these notices and have delivered necessary improvements to ensure that such risks are properly controlled.”

     

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