Fluor Workers Mark Safety Milestone

Workers involved in remediation, deactivation and decommissioning activities at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site recently reached 2 million hours without a lost-time injury on the job. “DOE’s greatest satisfaction comes from sending workers home each day in the same condition as they arrived at the Paducah Site,” said Jennifer Woodard, Paducah Site lead for the DOE’s Portsmouth/Paducah project office.

In October 2014, Fluor Federal Services was named the primary contractor to maintain the plant facilities while preparing them for future decontamination and decommissioning. Workers have completed several key projects, including: removing100, 000 gallons of PCB oil from 69 transformers, consolidating four electrical switchyards into one, and installing five natural gas package boilers to replace the coal-fired steam plant. The project has also demolished several inactive facilities.

“Accomplishing 2 million safe work hours in less than two years requires a team’s attention to detail and commitment to the site’s Integrated Safety Management(ISM) system,” said Bob Nichols, Fluor director of operations.

This article appeared in the Paducah Sun