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AWE pleads guilty following electrical incident

18 September, 2018

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) today pleaded guilty to offences under Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974).

It follows an electrical incident on 27 June, 2017, at the company’s Aldermaston site which resulted in injury to an employee. The incident was a conventional health and safety matter and there was no radiological risk to workers or the public.

Following a short hearing at Reading Magistrates Court, the case was adjourned for sentencing at Reading Magistrates Court on 09 November 2018.

The prosecution was the result of an investigation into the incident by the ONR, the UK’s independent nuclear safety regulator.

Donald Urquhart, ONR’s Deputy Chief Inspector and Director of Operating Facilities regulation, said:

“ONR welcomes this guilty plea which recognises that, on this occasion, the Atomic Weapons Establishment fell short in its legal duty to protect the safety of one of its employees.

“As an independent regulator, ONR will hold licensees like AWE to account to secure worker and public safety.”