With a fresh snowfall this morning, there were a mix of plans in place at the government’s Oak Ridge operations.
Ellen Boatner, a spokeswoman at Y-12, said the plant instituted a “curfew,” which advises workers to stay in their buildings and not move around outside to help avoid slips and falls. Many of the Y-12 employees came to work by 6 a.m., so much of the work population was already in place before the snow began accumulating, she said.
The Uranium Processing Facility employees who work off-site were told to report three hours later than normal. Most typically arrive at 7 a.m.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory spokesman David Keim said the lab had urged workers to delay their arrival until at least 10 a.m. if possible because of the weather conditions. But the plant remains open, he said.
“We’re trying to get the roads and pavement clear,” Keim said.
During last week’s freezing rain, ice, snow and extreme cold, there were at least 14 reported falls at ORNL, with some of them requiring medical attention. Keim said. The spokesman said the laboratory is evaluating last week’s situation to see if there are better ways to combat conditions, establish priorities and communicate information to employees.
Anne Smith, a spokeswoman for URS-CH2M Oak Ridge, DOE’s cleanup manager, said employees were told earlier this morning to report on a two-hour delayed schedule. It’s not clear if that advisory has been updated.
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