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November 3, 2020

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Sellafield safety breach

Sellafield safety breach: ONR to prosecute Sellafield Ltd

Charge relates to an incident earlier this year where an employee sustained injuries while working on high voltage electrical equipment.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has notified Sellafield Ltd that it will be prosecuted under Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974).

The charge relates to an incident on 24 April 2020 at the Sellafield site, close to the village of Seascale on the coast of the Irish Sea in Cumbria, where an employee sustained injuries while working on high voltage electrical equipment. The incident was a conventional health and safety matter and there was no radiological risk to workers or the public. The nuclear fuel reprocessing and nuclear decommissioning site is said to be one of the most contaminated industrial sites in Europe.

The decision to commence legal proceedings follows an investigation into the incident by ONR, the UK’s independent nuclear safety regulator.

The first hearing is scheduled to take place at Carlisle Magistrates Court on 18 December 2020, at 10am.

In April 2019, Sellafield Ltd was fined £380,000 for safety breaches relating to equipment used for the processing of plutonium.

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