Worker Safety and Health Violations at INL
The Department of Energy issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC for violating the Department’s worker safety and health regulations at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The PNOV cites a series of violations related to two events that occurred at INL in 2007. The first event occurred in June 2007 when a worker pouring finely-powdered red phosphorus from a plastic bag into a metal canister ignited a fire. The second event occurred in July 2007 when two INL firefighters responding to a fire were shocked by a sagging overhead power transmission line. “Violations include failures to identify and assess workplace hazards; establish controls to prevent and abate hazards; provide adequate training and information; adhere to procedures; and comply with fire protection and emergency response requirements.” As penalty for the violations, the DOE Idaho Operations Office reduced Battelle’s fee for fiscal year 2007 by $250,000 in the contractor’s end-of-year performance evaluation.
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|Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC||$250,000|