Personal Injury

Workers suffer burn injuries in nuclear power plant electrical explosion

electrical hazard sign Workers suffer burn injuries in nuclear power plant electrical explosionDay & Zimmermann NPS Inc., was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after two employees suffered burn injuries from an arc fire at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant in Snoddy-Daisy, Tennessee. The company faces $71,599 in proposed penalties.

OSHA determined that the company was exposing employees to shock hazards by failing to require employees wear protective clothing and equipment; conduct pre-job briefings with employees on energy source controls; remove ground and test device; and allow potential for residual electrical energy to accumulate.

“These serious injuries could have been prevented if the company had implemented effective work practices to reduce the risk of electric shock hazards,” said OSHA Nashville Area Office Director William Cochran.

The two workers – both electricians – were injured March 16, 2018, when an electrical explosion occurred near the cooling towers. Both men were taken to a hospital. The TVA said in a statement that, “A team of Day & Zimmermann, TVA and industry professionals … determined that the incident was not due to any equipment or plant-related issues, but involved improper access and work in an electrical cabinet.”

The company has 15 business days to respond to the citation either by complying with the report, requesting an informal conference with OSHA officials, or contesting the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

OSHA News Release