Sellafield passes work safety milestone

A team carrying out dangerous decommissioning jobs at Sellafield has clocked up two million working hours without a serious workplace accident.

The Site Remediation and Decommissioning Projects (SR&DP) team is responsible for decommissioning redundant facilities at the nuclear site in Cumbria.

Its tasks include stripping out or demolishing reactors, laboratories, waste stores and fuel fabrication and reprocessing plants.

The team also supports decommissioning of the legacy ponds and silos, and is in charge of the site’s land quality programme and high-hazard stack removal.

Workplace accident reduction

Steve Slater, SR&DP’s head of programme, said: “Passing the milestone of two million hours without a lost-time event is a fantastic achievement given the geography, condition and complex nature of SR&DP facilities.

“This represents a concerted effort and vigilance by the whole team in SR&DP including our contract colleagues who have contributed in equal measure. SR&DP has made a significant contribution towards accelerating risk and hazard reduction whilst demonstrating consistent safety performance levels.”

New starters

Meanwhile, the British Safety Council is urging employers that are taking on young people over the summer to pay close attention to health and safety.

It said employees are “far more likely” to be injured in workplace accidents during the first few months of a new job than at any other time.

Alex Botha, chief executive of the British Safety Council, said: “We know that young people can be particularly vulnerable when they start work.

“There are many reasons – lack of experience, unfamiliarity with the workplace, machinery or work processes, a lack of physical capability to do the job or the confidence to raise concerns.

“Organisations need to ensure that safe and healthy work practices are the rule and they have a culture that promotes and values safe behaviour.”

Source: Sellafield

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