Derby Crown Court has been hearing a case regarding a Rolls Royce business involved in marine power operations that exposed four workers to radiation. Radioactive materials are used at the Sinfin Lane business in Derby to test various components that are designed for use in nuclear submarines. On this occasion a radiographer was using the radioactive material to perform tests. At the end of the process the material should be put back into a fully-sealed container for safety. A green light should came on to indicate this is the case. However it had not happened and the item that was being tested now had the radioactive material on it.
This process led to four other workers in the plant handling the radioactive item directly. They have spent the last three years worried about their health and how the radiation could affect them in the future. Tests revealed the overall levels of radiation they were exposed to were no higher than the amount considered acceptable in a single year. However their hands were exposed to higher levels than were considered safe.
The company has paid radiation compensation as a result. However the radiation compensation does not take away the worry they still have.
Is it possible to get compensation for incidents like this?
All employers have a duty of care to the people who work for them. This holds true in all circumstances. We all know accidents could occur in a variety of situations and some of them are just that – accidents. However in other cases incidents are someone else’s fault and they lead to others suffering unnecessary and avoidable outcomes, such as those we have seen here. In these situations the prospect of compensation does indeed arise. No one should handle radioactive items because there should be proper measures in place to prevent this.