Office for Nuclear Regulation

Compliance inspection - Management of Lifting Operations and Site Transport

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned compliance inspection at Chapelcross, in line with the Magnox Ltd sites Coordinated IIS Plan for 2020/21. 

The primary purpose of the visit was to establish the effectiveness of the licensee’s arrangements for managing lifting operations against the relevant statutory provisions and relevant good practice. I also evaluated the licensee’s arrangements for the management of site transport in two locations on site, one of which was subject to an outstanding regulatory issue. 

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I sought to determine whether the arrangements for organising lifting operations were adequate to demonstrate compliance with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), Regulation 8: Organisation of lifting operations. 

A meeting was held between ONR Conventional Health and Safety (CHS) Inspector and the Safety Case Manager and Engineering Manager to discuss the CHS recommendations arising from the Periodic Safety Review and assessment of lifting operations in the ponds.

I also evaluated the improvements made to site transport management in the LLW yard (RI7091) and around the south site security gate.  The improvements at the south site security gate have been implemented following an incident where a security guard was struck by a reversing vehicle.  These improvements were evaluated against the requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, Regulation 27: Traffic routes and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Regulation 17: Organisation etc of traffic routes. 

Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made

I examined the arrangements put in place by Magnox Ltd to manage lifting operations at Chapelcross, including role and responsibilities, competence and lift planning.

A meeting was held to discuss the conventional health and safety recommendations arising from the periodic safety review.

I evaluated the transport management improvements implemented in the LLW yard and at the south site gate.

I undertook plant walk-downs of radiological and non-radiological areas of the site to verify the competence aspects of the LOLER arrangements and the improvements to the site transport layout.

I provided feedback to the site on the inspection findings at a close-out meeting with management representatives.

Conclusion of Intervention

Overall, I consider that Magnox Chapelcross has effective arrangements in place for the management of lifting operations in line with relevant good practice. 

Improvements in the arrangements for site transport at the LLW yard are evident, and the general arrangements covering that area are adequate, although some further advice was given on the application of hierarchy of controls for the use of banksmen. 

The licensee has implemented improvements to pedestrian segregation and traffic control at the south site gate.  The corresponding arrangements are in the process of being revised.  Chapelcross has agreed to provide ONR with an improvement plan for any remaining actions arising from their review into site transport at this location.

The licensee has implemented improvements to the site transport arrangements at the areas targeted: the LLW yard and the south site gate.  These revised arrangements bring them back into compliance with the relevant statutory provisions.