DOE issues preliminary notice of violation to Savannah River nuclear solutions.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a preliminary notice of violation to Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS) for alleged violations of the department's worker safety and health regulations.
DOE reported that "the violations are associated with a July 1, 2011, incident that occurred while a worker was using a Tele-Tower scaffold to perform facility modifications in the purification area vault of Building 105-K in the K-Area Complex at the Savannah River Site."
The worker fell from the scaffold and was hospitalized with injuries to his head and torso.
The notice cites four violations of DOE worker safety and health regulations in the areas of identification, assessment, prevention, and abatement of hazards; scaffold safety; training and information, and occupational medicine.
DOE said that in response to the event, SRNS temporarily suspended all work on mobile scaffolds at SRS "while the appropriate investigations and assessments were completed."
SRNS has implemented comprehensive corrective actions "that address most aspects of the violations" in the notice, including revising company procedures to ensure proper assembly and use of scaffolds and improving worker training, DOE said.
In light of the "promptness and extent of SRNS' response to the event" the DOE has decided to grant partial mitigation of the base civil penalty of $225,000.
As a result, the department is proposing an adjusted civil penalty of $159,375. -30-
Source: U.S. Department of Energy