Fines proposed over 2011 worker accident at SRS

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Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has been asked to pay $159,375 in fines for violations identified after a July 1, 2011, accident in which a worker sustained head injuries and broken bones in a fall from a scaffold.

The preliminary notice from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Health, Safety and Security cited four violations in areas of hazard identification and prevention, scaffold safety, training and occupational medicine.

The accident at Savannah River Site’s K Area was followed by an investigation that “identified substantive weaknesses in SRNS’ processes to identify, control, and manage construction safety and industrial hygiene hazards,” said the notice, dated Friday and addressed to SRNS President Dwayne Wilson.

The proposed fines initially totaled $225,000, but the amount was reduced because of the contractor’s follow-up efforts.

“SRNS promptly responded to the fall injury event,” the notice said, and the contractor’s corrective actions appear to address many of the deficiencies found by federal investigators.

“As a result, the total proposed civil penalty is $159,375,” the notice said.

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soapy_725 11/13/12 - 06:40 am
The Bomb Plant

One CSRA plant that cannot close. A non profit government plant. Someone will be storing and monitoring radiation waste for eternity.

Riverman1 11/13/12 - 08:02 am
People have been falling off

People have been falling off scaffolds since time began.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 11/13/12 - 11:13 am

Since Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is a contractor of the Department of Energy, wouldn't the fine merely be the DOE paying a fine to the DOE?

IAmISaid 11/13/12 - 05:22 pm
A DOE joke, as usual

The subcontract employee in this case was responsible for his own injury. He disobeyed safety rules, was not wearing the proper PPE and was supervising the scene at the time. None of that is mentioned above, because DOE ALWAYS has an ax to grind with respect to safety at SRS, and takes every opportunity to ding the prime contractor (there are several at the moment) every chance it gets.

As far as the fine is concerned, the prime contractor who was fined is operating on a cost-plus award fee basis. Fines such as this are non-recoverable as part of the site costs and thus come out of the award fees.

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