HSE prosecutes Sellafield over contamination risk

The Health & Safety Executive is to prosecute Sellafield Ltd for alleged breaches of health and safety law. This follows HSE's investigation into the exposure of two contractor employees to airborne radioactive contamination on 11 July 2007 at Sellafield Nuclear Licensed Site in Cumbria.

The two contractors were exposed during the decontamination of an area of concrete floor. As a result of this exposure the two contractor employees received an internal dose of radiation.

Criminal proceedings have been commenced against Sellafield Ltd for an offence of failing to discharge its duty under Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 ("The Act").

The initial court date has been fixed for 24 July 2009 at Whitehaven Magistrates' Court, Catherine Street, Cumbria.

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