Trident And Related News

November 2014

rolls royce logoRolls-Royce fined £200,000 after workers exposed to radiation. The company that builds nuclear reactors which power the Royal Navy’s fleet of submarines has been fined £200,000 for breaches of safety and environmental laws following an incident in which members of staff were exposed to radiation. Rolls-Royce Marine Power Operations Ltd pleaded guilty to failures which led to the incident in March 2011, when three welders and a radiographer unknowingly handled harmful radioactive material that had been misplaced. At a hearing at Leicester Crown Court on 29 September 2014 the company was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay £176,500 in further costs for breaching safety regulations and causing the employees to be exposed to radiation. The incident happened at Rolls-Royce’s factory site in Sinfin Lane, Derby, where radioactive materials are used to test nuclear submarine reactor components manufactured at the site.      Nuclear Information Service




There has been a sharp rise in the number of “chilling” safety blunders at the nuclear bomb and submarine bases on the Clyde, according to internal reports from the Ministry of Defence (MoD). In the last five years there have been 316 “nuclear safety events”, 2044 fire alarm incidents and 71 fires at the Royal. Navy’s controversial facilities at Faslane and Coulport near Helensburgh. There have also been more than 3000 “near miss” industrial accidents, a positive test for illegal drugs and a series of difficulties with wild animals. The revelations have been described as “chilling” by Angus Robertson MP, the Scottish National Party’s leader at Westminster and its defence spokesman. He is planning to raise them urgently in the House of Commons, and is demanding action from the MoD. The new figures showed that nuclear safety breaches at the Clyde bases were “widespread”, he said. “Wherever nuclear weapons are concerned, safety must be paramount. We need to know exactly what is being done to address these breaches and tighten procedures.” Sunday Herald