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ONR serves improvement notices on EDF and AWG Training Ltd

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has served improvement notices on EDF and AWG Training Ltd for health and safety shortfalls after three workers were injured during a training exercise at Torness power station in Scotland.

The incident occurred on 31 August during firefighting equipment training when a hose and ground monitor (a stand for holding the hose) became loose and struck the workers.

The training was being led by AWG Training Ltd at the site in East Lothian.

All three EDF workers sustained sprained wrists and bruising. One of them also sustained a bone fracture.

ONR conducted an investigation after being informed about the incident by EDF.

Ian Bramwell, ONR’s Superintending Inspector for Operating Reactors, said: “Following our investigation we concluded that EDF and AWG Training Ltd had not conducted a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of the workers involved in the firefighting equipment training exercise.

“Therefore, both organisations failed to comply with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 Regulation 3 (1), resulting in us serving the improvement notices.

“We will engage with EDF and AWG Training Ltd during the period of the improvement notices to ensure positive progress is made to address the shortfall.”

There were no consequences to the public or the environment as a result of the incident.

EDF and Berwickshire-based AWG Training Ltd have until 28 February 2023 to comply with the improvement notices.