Hinkley Point B industrial safety prosecution
EDF Energy today (1 February) attended a sentencing hearing at Taunton Crown Court. This followed an earlier hearing at which the company had submitted a guilty plea to a prosecution brought by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The charges relate to an incident on 12 April 2017 at Hinkley Point B which resulted in injury to a Doosan Babcock Ltd employee. The incident was an industrial health and safety matter involving a fall, there was no radiological risk to workers or the public.
Peter Evans, Station Director at Hinkley Point B power station, said “Firstly, I am very pleased that the person involved in the accident continues to recover.
“We pride ourselves on the safety of our operations; it is at the heart of everything we do. However it is clear from this incident that we failed to live up to our own high standards.
“We fully accept the decision of the court today and we are sorry that this incident happened. Safety remains our overriding priority and nobody should come to work to be hurt.
“We are a company that cares about everyone working at our sites and will do everything we can to learn lessons and to stop this happening again.”