Submarine workers exposed to radiation

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed 2 nuclear submarine bases in Scotland & England have suffered 11 significant safety incidents in the last 5 years, including human exposure to radiation but not serious enough to serious enough to rate on the International Nuclear Event Scale used to grade nuclear accidents. According to the Defence minister the majority of the incidents at Faslane on Clyde & Devonport did not cause danger to health or the environment. In the incidents, radioactive waste was spilled, workers were exposed to radiation, power supplies were lost, safety valves wrongly operated & a bag of waste was mistakenly dropped overboard. Six of the incidents happened at the Faslane naval base & five at Devonport. The incidents were admitted by UK defence minister in response to a parliamentary question from Angus Robertson MP, the SNP’s defence spokesperson. This describes the issues most workplaces have when we don’t report incident about high risk areas, don’t let those that can do something about it or those that may be affected by those incidents gain an understanding of the risks associated. How is the reporting regime at your workplace?

Article by: Julie Armour –

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