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Rolls Royce fined for loss of radioactive source

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Rolls Royce fined for loss of radioactive source

[quote= http://press.hse.gov.uk/2014/rolls-royce-fined-for-loss-of-radioactive-source/?ebul=hsegen&cr=13/06-oct-14]Rolls Royce Marine Power Operations Ltd has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £176,500 following the loss of a radioactive source at its plant in Derby.
The company, a subsidiary of Rolls Royce plc, which manufactures components for nuclear submarines, uses radioactive sources (containing Ytterbium -169) in their industrial radiography work to test that welds are perfect.
Leicester Crown Court heard that significant failings led to a radioactive source (a capsule which was the size of a small screw) being lost for approximately five hours at the Sinfin Lane site on 3 March 2011.
This resulted in a number of workers at the site being exposed to high levels of gamma radiation, in some cases many times in excess of relevant legal dose limits.
You would of thought that Rolls Royce or their subsidiary's would of known better, & taken better precautions, not to have lost the Capsule in the 1st instance, as for the level of those exposed (one can only hope they will be ok)
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Re: Rolls Royce fined for loss of radioactive source

Makes me wonder how many other firms use radioactive substances, it would only take a single worker who was unhinged or offered money to acquire an item like this to cause widespread panic in the country.
The words, "significant failings" is also of grave concern as they suggest a number of errors were identified. Perhaps some workers are so used to working with dangerous things they become complacement.
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Re: Rolls Royce fined for loss of radioactive source

Some interesting reading here :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_and_radiation_accidents_and_incidents
Especially where old medical equipment is disposed of in the wrong manner.
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Re: Rolls Royce fined for loss of radioactive source

You have radioactive material at the top of your stairs and/or in your kitchen.
Failing that, you may be inhaling radioactive gas.
Now Zen, but a +Net residue.
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Re: Rolls Royce fined for loss of radioactive source

Whilst that is true it does not expose users to the same level of danger as that  mentioned in the original post.
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Re: Rolls Royce fined for loss of radioactive source

My son deals with radioactive sources on a daily basis.
I don't think they've lost any so far.
The procedures are as tight as any I have ever seen.
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Re: Rolls Royce fined for loss of radioactive source

it would be interesting to know if the "significant failings" mentioned were a reference to not having properly trained people and working portable detectors on site for when something gets misplaced, radiation safety failings are often around incorrect number of working detectors and failure to conduct regular checks of materials.
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