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Safety improvements ordered after Hinkley Point B roof fall

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The Office for Nuclear Regulation has told EDF Energy Nuclear Generation and Doosan Babcock that they need to make improvements to their management of work at height at Hinkley Point B in Somerset.

A Doosan Babcock employee cracked a vertebrae after falling through a skylight while working on a roof. EDF said he is expected to make a full recovery.

The improvement notices were served after an investigation into the incident in April which, according to a statement from the ONR, “revealed gaps in compliance of legal requirements by the licensee, EDF, and contractor Doosan Babcock.”

An EDF Energy spokesman said: “We held a thorough investigation into the event and we are taking the necessary measures to ensure a similar accident does not happen.

“Safety is our number one priority and we have kept ONR fully informed of the circumstances and the actions we have taken.”

A spokesperson for Doosan Babcock said: “Following an incident involving a Doosan Babcock colleague at Hinkley Point B in April 2017, we launched an internal investigation and have been co-operating with the ONR investigation. As a result we have now been issued with an improvement notice and are working closely with our partners, EDF, to make the necessary improvements identified.”

The two firms have been given until the end of January to comply.

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