Applied Inspection Limited – a company that carries out testing and welding services – has been fined after health and safety inspectors found serious flaws with the way the firm carried out gamma radiography work.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company provided insufficient protection for its gamma radiography workers at its site in Chesterfield.
Furthermore, while the company’s other ‘gamma enclosures’ on site did meet the required health and safety standards, one of the enclosures failed tests, putting workers at a high risk of radiation.
Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court was informed that Applied Inspection Limited’s work procedures, risk assessments and local rules were inadequate.
It was also heard that an employee at the site registered overexposure to gamma radiation via his passive personal radiation dosimeter, and there was not enough evidence to dismiss the fact that he had faced the same level of exposure for a period of one month.
Applied Inspection Limited pleaded guilty to an offence under Regulation 8(1) of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999.
The company was served with a fine of £5,000 and was also ordered to pay costs of £1,914.
Lyn Mizen, from HSE, said: “The basic principle on which the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 are based is that there is no safe dose of ionising radiation.
“Due to the hazards and risks associated with carrying out industrial radiography work it is critical that companies ensure that all aspects of it are carried out diligently and with the highest level of integrity, engineering safety devices and management control systems to enable the risks to be controlled to as low as reasonably practicable.”