Office for Nuclear Regulation

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ONR to prosecute EDF and Doosan Babcock

22 August, 2018

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has notified EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd and Doosan Babcock Ltd of its intention to prosecute both companies.

The charges relate to an incident on 12 April 2017 at Hinkley Point B which resulted in injury to a Doosan Babcock Ltd employee.  The incident was a conventional health and safety matter and there was no radiological risk to workers or the public.

EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd will be prosecuted for offences under the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, section 3(1) and Doosan Babcock Ltd for offences under the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Regulation 4(1).

The decision to prosecute follows an investigation into the incident by ONR, the UK’s independent nuclear safety regulator.

Proceedings are currently scheduled to commence at Bath Magistrates Court on 12 September 2018.

For legal reasons we are unable to comment further on the details of the case which is now the subject of active court proceedings.

Update – 30 August 2018

Court proceedings were originally scheduled to commence at Bath Magistrates Court on 12 September 2018, however, at the request of EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd and Doosan Babcock Ltd to the court, proceedings will now take place on 10 October 2018 at Taunton Magistrates Court.