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

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

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.