Serious safety problems have been exposed at a dockyard in Cumbria that makes nuclear submarines after an emergency exercise revealed \”confusion\” and \”extremely poor\” procedures, according to a report by government inspectors.
Britain\’s biggest arms company, BAE Systems, is being forced to rerun the exercise to prove that it can cope with a serious nuclear submarine accident after a string of mistakes that could have put lives at risk had the incident been for real.
A report into the exercise at Barrow dockyard in Cumbria this summer, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, found that members of a rescue team were prevented from getting to the scene of an imagined reactor accident for 15 minutes because they had to fill in forms about radiation risks.
But according to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) report, there were numerous problems.
• A \”protracted\” delay in sending in a team from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service caused by \”briefing and paperwork\”.
Health and safety regulations, making things more dangerous.