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One Million Hours Worked without Lost Time Accident Puts Shine on Diamond Anniversary for Sellafield

Submitted by on October 4, 2012 – 9:08 am

2012 is proving to be a year of celebration and progress for the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS) project. Not only does it commemorate 60 years as an operational facility, but it marks an impressive milestone of one million hours of safe working without a lost time accident (LTA).

This significant safety performance record is particularly laudable given the nature of the site and the current status of the PFCS project. The facility’s location, flanked by other operational facilities, is recognised as one of the most space-restricted on site, presenting specific challenges to manoeuvrability, transportation, building and installation. That the past year has been one of the heaviest construction-based periods of the project to date, which further demonstrates a high level of safety awareness and a broad culture of accident avoidance.

In recognition of this achievement, the project has donated £1000 to charity, split between causes chosen by the Sellafield and Risley-based teams.

The Risley team has divided their donation between the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH) charity and the Diversions Family Support Network – each receiving £250. The RMCH charity is raising funds to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital.

Their donation to the Diversions Family Support Network will go directly to supporting families with children with bladder or bowel diversions.

The Sellafield team has chosen to donate their £500 to the Lillie Mai Trust fund, established to support Lillie Mai Jackson, a toddler from Maryport who lost both legs after contracting a meningococcal septicaemia at four months old.

Neil Crewdson, Head of Projects, said: “Both of these tremendous landmarks demonstrate a current practise, and historical legacy, of safe working at the Sellafield facility. It is a testament to the innovation and conscientiousness of our workers at this construction – heavy stage of the project, as well as to the diligence of past PFCS employees, that we are able to record these one million hours on a sixty year old plant.”

“Achieving one million hours without LTA”, he added, “really puts the shine on this diamond occasion.”

For more information, visit www.sellafieldsites.com.