Criminal proceedings follow investigation into 2007 incident when contractors were exposed to contamination

The Health and Safety Executive is to prosecute nuclear plant operators Sellafield Ltd after two contractors were exposed to radioactive contamination.

The criminal proceedings follow an HSE investigation into the July 2007 incident, in which the workers were exposed during the decontamination of an area of concrete floor at the Cumbrian plant.

It is alleged that Sellafield failed to discharge its duty under Section 3 of the Health & Safety at Work Act.

The initial court date has been fixed for the morning of 24 July at Whitehaven Magistrates’ Court, Cumbria.