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Sellafield charged over contamination incident

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Sellafield nuclear site has been charged over an incident where a worker was contaminated while handling nuclear materials.

The incident at the west Cumbrian plant was investigated on 5 February 2017 by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

The prosecution is being brought by the ONR, and it is the first prosecution taken by the organisation since it was established in 2014.

The case will go before magistrates in Workington.

Sellafield Ltd have released this statement.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has notified Sellafield Ltd of its intention to prosecute the company under Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

This relates to an incident on 5th February 2017 in a facility for special nuclear materials on the Sellafield site, which resulted in personal contamination to one of our employees.

For legal reasons we are unable to comment further on details of the case as it is now the subject of active court proceedings"

– Sellafield LTD

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Third strike planned by firefighters at Sellafield

The Sellafield site in west Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters at Sellafield say they will stage a third 12 hour strike later this week.

They've rejected a pay offer which they say would have amounted to an increase of £4.30 a week.

Sellafield has previously said it was a "reasonable offer" and was "disappointed" it was rejected.

The strike, by members of the GMB union, is de to take place on Thursday from 6am to 6pm.

Sellafield workers walk out in pay dispute strike

Sellafield nuclear site Credit: ITV Border

Workers at the Sellafield nuclear site are staging a 24-hour strike in a dispute over pay.

More than 1,000 members of the Unite union walked out at 6am this morning in protest at a 1.5% imposed wage increase.

The union accused the company of adopting a "hardline" attitude, orchestrated by the "unseen hand" of the Government.

Regional officer Graham Williams warned that further industrial action could be taken in the run-up to Christmas.

A Sellafield spokesman said: "As always, the safety and security of the Sellafield site, our workforce and the community are our priorities during this industrial action.

"We are working with Cumbria Police and Cumbria County Council's Highways team to try to minimise disruption.

"However, strikes by their nature are designed to cause disruption and people should expect traffic problems while pickets are in place.

"We have taken all steps available to us to minimise disruption including opening all access gates and advising staff on steps they can take to help."

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