MOX plant workforce achieves safety record

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The 2,400-person workforce at the government’s mixed oxide fuel facility under construction at Savannah River Site set a new safety record by surpassing 7 million consecutive work hours without a lost workday due to injury, according to the project’s contractor, Shaw AREVA MOX Services.

The record was set Jan. 19 at the site of the $4.8 billion project, which has a comprehensive safety management system that includes management leadership, employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control as well as safety and health training, the company said.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a typical construction site in the U.S. experiences one lost workday case for every 125,000 hours worked. In the span of 7 million hours worked, the typical site would have 49 lost workday cases.

The National Nuclear Security Administration facility is designed to dispose of surplus plutonium from dismantled nuclear bombs by blending the material into fuel suitable for use in commercial power reactors. The MOX plant is scheduled to begin operation in 2016.

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