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Safety record earns 27,500 pay-out for good causes

April 07, 2011

Safe ways of working are integral to the successful decommissioning of the site

Dounreay’s safety record over the last 12 months earned local charities and good causes a £27,500 windfall.

The money came from a Babcock initiative that pays out £2500 every time the site records a whole month without a lost-time accident.

There was only one lost-time accident at Dounreay during 2010/11, resulting in a safety dividend of £27,500 from Babcock.

The money goes to the Dounreay Communities Fund, which provides grants to community groups in Caithness and north Sutherland up to £5000.

The fund was boosted by a £20,000 donation from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and £902 from sales of a book published to mark the 50th anniversary of the former fast reactor research establishment.

A total of £43,358 was paid out to 117 applications that were approved during the last 12 months.

These included: £2500 to Thurso High School Young Engineers for travel costs and a trailer to transport their Greenpower Electric Race Cars, £1000 towards a new bird reserve at St John's Pool, Brough, and £500 towards safety equipment for the volunteers of Caithness and North Sutherland Search Team

The fund is administered by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, with recommendations for approval vetted by a committee of the site stakeholder group.

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