Rolls-Royce face safety charges over radiation risks

Rolls-Royce Marine Power Operations Ltd (RRMPOL), the company which develops and manufactures reactors for the Royal Navy’s fleet of nuclear powered submarines, has appeared before magistrates in Derby facing charges of breaching health and safety and environmental protection legislation. At a hearing on 6 February the Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard that the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency are prosecuting RRMPOL under seven charges relating to the management of risk of exposure to employees of ionising radiation from radioactive sources used in industrial radiography. The company has been charged under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999. The allegations relate to matters which occurred at RRMPOL’s Sinfin Lane site in Derby in 2011. No plea was entered by RRMPOL and the case was sent by the Deputy District Judge to Derby Crown Court for a further hearing in the summer.

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