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    Dangerous careers: Nuclear power plant worker

    Dangerous careers: Nuclear power plant worker

    Some jobs are more dangerous than others and a nuclear power plant worker may seem like one of the most hazardous career choices. While there is always a risk of accidents at work at a power plant, safety in the UK is generally very good because stringent measures are applied to prevent accidents and protect nuclear power plant workers from work-related injury and illness.

    What are the risks involved with being a nuclear power plant worker?

    If you work in a nuclear power plant, there are risks of work accidents; however, health and safety measures in the UK are so rigorous that accidents are very rare. Potential examples of accidents and work-related illnesses, which may affect nuclear power plant workers include:

    • increased risk of certain types of cancer caused by exposure to radiation
    • risk of injury, severe illness and even death caused by a power plant accident
    • poisoning
    • accidents involving machinery
    • accidents caused by moving vehicles

    What kinds of health and safety measures are in place to protect nuclear power plant workers?

    The UK’s nuclear power plants are regulated by the Office of Nuclear Regulation. This body is responsible for inspecting nuclear plants, assessing their safety and protecting workers. The ONR carries out regular assessments and plants are also inspected by external authorities; each individual plant must also adhere to specific health and safety precautions which relate to employee safety. Safety measures which may be employed to protect workers from work injuries include:

    • measuring radiation levels on a constant basis
    • ensuring workers have suitable levels of training
    • ensuring any issues are reported and dealt with swiftly
    • making sure there is a policy in place to cope with unexpected accidents
    • providing workers with the relevant personal protective equipment

    How can I claim work injury compensation?

    If you’ve been injured in a work accident which was not your fault, you may wish to consider claiming work injury compensation. If you’ve been injured at work in the last 3 years and you have evidence to support your personal injury claim, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile or visit our website homepage to take the 30-second eligibility test. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers works on a no win, no fee* basis and most of our clients never have to go to court.

    Date Published: December 9, 2015

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    Author: David Brown

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