Worker Safety and Health Violations at the Y-12 National Security Complex (2013)
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC for violations of worker safety and health program requirements at the Y-12 National Security Complex. The PNOV cited failures to comply with worker safety and health requirements related to two events at Y-12: a worker exposure to lithium hydride in April 2013 and an unintentional discharge of a firearm inside a patrol vehicle in July 2013. NNSA identified six violations that involved deficiencies in the areas of: (1) training and information, (2) personal protective equipment, (3) control of hazardous energy, (4) firearms operations, (5) firearms handling, and (6) recordkeeping. The NNSA considered both events to be of high safety significance: the lithium hydride exposure left a worker with first and second-degree burns to the face and scalp and respiratory injury. The firearm discharge event resulted in minor injury to security police officers and potentially could have led to a fatality. NNSA proposed a civil penalty of $150,000 based on the safety significance of the violations and in consideration of mitigation for corrective actions to prevent recurrence.
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|Babcock & Wilcox Tech. Servs. Y-12||$150,000|