Safety allegations at Y-12 not confirmed; IG report cites positives at Oak Ridge plant

y12signThe Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General investigated allegations that the contractor at Y-12 (Consolidated Nuclear Security) had “encouraged employees to ignore safety regulations” and made employees reluctant to report injuries for fear of reprisal.

The IG’s inspection, however, did not find evidence to support those allegations. In fact, the findings were generally positive.

Here’s an excerpt from the report’s summary:

“We were unable to substantiate the allegations.  Nothing came to our attention to indicate Y-12’s safety and health programs do not provide reasonable assurance that concerns will be reported and addressed as required.  We noted that Y-12 has multiple mechanisms available for employees to report safety concerns, including line management, the Employee Concerns Program, onsite union representatives, and onsite facility representatives.  In addition, we were informed by employees that they are able to call a safety pause if they have concerns about an activity and feel free to do so without reprisal. Employees also informed us that they generally feel free to report injuries without reprisal.”

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