ANSTO had to reinstate whistleblowing workers
Backdown at Lucas Heights over safety claims Amos Aikman The Australian March 03, 2011 TWO employees of Australia’s only nuclear reactor facility who were suspended after raising safety concerns will return to work in what amounts to a tacit admission by the plant’s administrators that the accusations against them were overstated.
John Bourke and Jason Howe, who have both worked at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s Lucas Heights plant in Sydney’s south for more than 20 years, were stood down last October following an incident in late September in which another employee, Rafic Semrani, was allegedly contaminated with radioactive yttrium.
The circumstances surrounding the incident and the allegations against Mr Bourke and Mr Howe are set out in documents prepared on their behalf by the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, and obtained by The Australian.When contacted by The Australian, citing the reports by name, ANSTO confirmed it had received union submissions, but declined to discuss them in detail, saying investigations were ongoing.
ANSTO did not identify any inaccuracies in the union reports when asked to do so……… The reports claim ANSTO failed to investigate suggestions by safety officer David Lee that contamination levels on Mr Semrani’s clothing after the September spill could have been up to a hundred times higher than were eventually reported.
They further claim ANSTO lost data that could have clarified the issue.Their allegations follow claims by whistleblower David Reid, the staff-elected health and safety officer who is suspended on full pay, that he was stood down because he raised safety concerns………Backdown at Lucas Heights over safety claims | The Australian
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