Department of Energy Cites Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC for Worker Safety and Health Violations

Violations issued after BSA worker fell 16 feet due to guardrail collapse in 2011.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced August 29, 2013 issuing a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC (BSA) for two violations of the Department’s worker safety and health regulations.

The violations were associated with a November 29, 2011 incident, when a BSA worker fell approximately 16 feet from a platform when part of a guardrail collapsed. The worker was hospitalized with multiple fractures.

The DOE’s enforcement program holds contractors accountable for meeting regulatory requirements and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.  

The PNOV cites two violations of DOE worker safety and health regulations in the areas of hazard identification and assessment; hazard prevention and abatement; and training and information.  BSA is cited for failure to comply with 10 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) Part 851, Worker Safety and Health Program.

In response to the fall injury, BSA implemented comprehensive corrective actions to address the findings by a joint BSA/DOE accident investigation team and the violations in the attached PNOV. These corrective actions included strengthening processes for identifying and controlling workplace hazards, improved aerial lift safety procedures and effective worker training.

More information about other enforcement actions is available at www.hss.doe.gov/enforce.

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