Office for Nuclear Regulation

Inspection of Work at Height and Workplace Transport Arrangements

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to provide regulatory confidence in the management of conventional health and safety (CHS) hazards present at EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited’s (NGL) Torness (TOR) power station during its outage.

The ONR CHS strategy has identified several priority CHS topics/activities to be covered during inspection activities. Workplace Transport and Work at Height are recognised as key areas of CHS concern during outage work.  

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The key regulatory activities undertaken during the one-day inspection were:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

I sampled work at height activities being carried out during the outage and generally observed good practice taking place in relation to the three focus areas – planning and supervision, competence of staff and suitability of equipment. I did identify one area for improvement; the wooden boards used for centreline work should be captured within formal station inspection and maintenance arrangements. This was discussed with the station and suitable actions were agreed to remedy the situation.

I sampled workplace transport activity observing examples of good practice in relation to the three focus areas of safe site, safe vehicle, and safe driver.     

I noted that some aspects of safety documentation sampled from one contractor required more detail. This was discussed and action agreed to remedy the situation.   

The station reported good progress with their fixed plant guarding review and associated improvement work.   

During the inspection I made general observations in relation to COVID 19 control measures and found compliance with social distancing requirements, use of face coverings and hand washing.

Conclusion of Intervention

Adequate standards were seen during the inspection in the key focus area of Work at Height and this was rated Green. Progress with ensuring the centreline boards are captured in formal station arrangements will be monitored through normal business interaction with the station. 

Good standards were seen during the inspection in the key focus area of Workplace Transport and this was rated Green with verbal advice only given.