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Reactor teams reach 12 years accident-free

Reactor teams reach 12 years accident-free

As the hazardous decommissioning work rapidly progresses within its redundant nuclear reactors, maintaining a flawless safety record is an achievement the Dounreay fast reactor demolition squads can be proud of.

Clean-up teams inside the two plants have just passed a combined total of twelve years without a lost time accident, which equates to four million man-hours without an injury that has kept someone off work for more than a few days.

The Prototype Fast Reactor and the Dounreay Fast Reactor teams are leading the way with innovative safety measures and safe working practices to maintain a fully safe working environment.

Mike Brown, reactor decommissioning manager, said: “The reactor teams, both DSRL and its contractors, recognise that safety must be at the forefront of everything we do. Decommissioning plants over half a century old brings with it many challenges and maintaining a safe working platform to do this is essential for everyone involved.

"I can’t commend the teams enough for taking this on board and continuing to initiate an ongoing safety improvement programme which is clearly valuable given this remarkable achievement.’

Work to pull apart the two former reactors is rapidly progressing with DFR’s successful removal of the hazardous liquid metal coolant and the removal of large items of redundant equipment being ripped out of PFR as the plant is dismantled.