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UK nuclear regulator to prosecute EDF Energy and Doosan Babcock

22 August 2018

According to a news release on August 22, the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has notified EDF Energy Nuclear Generation and Doosan Babcock of its intention to prosecute both companies. The charges relate to an incident on 12 April 2017 at the Hinkley Point B nuclear power station in Somerset, owned and operated by EDF Energy, which resulted in injury to a Doosan Babcock employee. 

Hinkley Point B - Image: Alan Franck
Hinkley Point B - Image: Alan Franck

The incident was a conventional health and safety matter, the regulator said, and there was no radiological risk to workers or the public.

EDF Energy will be prosecuted for offences under the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, section 3(1) and Doosan Babcock for offences under the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Regulation 4(1).

The decision to prosecute follows an investigation into the incident by ONR. Proceedings are currently scheduled to commence at Bath Magistrates Court on 12 September 2018.
ONR says it is unable to comment further on the details of the case for legal reasons.

Following the April 2017 incident, the ONR served Improvement Notices on EDF Energy and Doosan Babcock in July 2017 over management of work at height at the Hinkley Point B site.


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