Three people have been injured following a serious incident at Heysham 1 nuclear power plant in Lancashire. The plant owners, Power company EDF, described the incident as an ‘accidental steam release’. They said it was not related to the nuclear process and there was no danger to public safety.
A spokeswoman for EDF said a “full investigation” would be carried out to determine the cause.
EDF operator said, “Safety is our overriding priority and we will investigate how this happened and make sure all measures necessary are put in place to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
Fire crews attended the incident at 22:40 on Monday night as the three injured employees were taken to hospital to receive treatment for their injuries. The casualties were said to be conscious and speaking when they were taken to two separate hospitals, one in Preston and one in Wythenshawe.
It is believed that one person suffered burns, one a broken hip and the other a broken back.
Operator at EDF energy says the situation is under control and company spokeswoman says “It goes without saying that everyone’s thoughts are with our three colleagues who have been injured. We will be doing everything we can to support them and their families while they recover”
A spokesperson for the Office for Nuclear Regulation said the watchdog had been notified and would investigate the incident further.