Engineering barrier fails, shocks Bruce Site B electrical worker

Anthony Capkun
March 28, 2017
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Bruce Power, Tiverton, Ont. Photo courtesy Bruce Power.
Bruce Power, Tiverton, Ont. Photo courtesy Bruce Power.
March 28, 2017 - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) reports an electrical worker on the non-radiological side of the Bruce Power B received an electrical shock and was taken to hospital. He remains in stable condition.

“Bruce Power takes any safety event very seriously, and immediate actions have been taken to prevent reoccurrence with other workers carrying out similar work,” said Bruce Power.

The incident happened over the weekend, while the worker was performing maintenance on a circuit breaker in Unit 5. The engineering barrier, in place to protect workers from electrical voltage, failed to operate, resulting in the worker injury.

“Any type of workplace injury that occurs on the site is viewed by Bruce Power as preventable,” said the generator, as it conducts its own investigation “to obtain all the facts, with a focus on prevention and continuous improvement based on this experience”.

PHOTO: Bruce Power, Tiverton, Ont. Photo courtesy Bruce Power.

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0 #2 Edward Baker 2017-04-05 20:42
So it appears many things went wrong here, but I would be most interested in what an engineering barrier consisted of. it would appear that no locking and tagging was in place or if as suggest the work was being executed live the worker may face charges as well as those involved in the planning and supervision of the project. I doubt the investigation report will be made public
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-1 #1 esteban 2017-03-28 20:43
...Again a tragedy due the human factor. So "the circuit breaker failed to operate, resulting in the worker injury". It seems the maintenance was taking place when the system was energized and that's something prohibit as per the Electrical Safety Code.
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