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Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth Employees Reach 2 Million Safe Work Hours

PIKETON--On January 17, 2018, Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) employees reached a new safety milestone by surpassing 2 million work hours without a lost-time injury.

This safe work hour run started last July and occurred during the ramp-up of field work at the Department of Energy Portsmouth Site in Piketon. The work includes construction of the X-333 Material Sizing Area (where process gas equipment larger than an elephant is being cut into smaller pieces) and the final deactivation work within the 30-acre X-326 process building.

A Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth operator positions a Taylor forklift to load part of a large transformer onto a drop-deck trailer. It was one of three 27,000-pound segments donated to the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) for economic development in the region. The unit was originally purchased as a spare for an electrical upgrade, but was never installed. Photo credit: Michelle Teeters

Fluor-BWXT Deputy Site Project Director Jeff Stevens believes the key to improving safety awareness and communication is increased worker involvement.

“The FBP management team recognizes and thanks each member of our PORTS team for achieving 2 million safe work hours--proving our team places the highest value on safety in doing our U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Site mission work,” Stevens said.

“We know that the safety of each activity relies on decisions each worker makes many times each day, and always doing the right thing for safety for yourself and co-workers…from taking the time to spread ice melt, to developing safe work procedures to safely executing field work and maintaining a questioning attitude  and being willing to stop.”

With approximately 2,000 employees, FBP’s DOE project workforce logs almost a million work hours every three months. 

Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth’s goal remains “zero incidents,” with a highly skilled and dedicated workforce continually focused on maintaining situational awareness and doing work safely. Bob French is the director for FBP’s Environmental, Safety & Health organization.

“I thank and congratulate all FBP Portsmouth employees for achieving this impressive safe-work-hours milestone for the second time in the last year,” French said.

“This achievement shows how each of us at FBP maintains safety in the forefront of our activities--from the routine of our daily movements to our work planning and when we are completing our field work. Most importantly, it proves that each and every PORTS worker does not see any injury as being  ‘acceptable’ while doing our important but hazardous DOE Site cleanup and operations mission work.”

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE: BWXT), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed FBP  to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at DOE’s Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. CH2M, another global leader in industrial and environmental projects, provides support. Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth employs 1,900 workers who bring unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The FBP mandate is to clean up the Portsmouth Site safely and compliantly, provide strong uranium stewardship and partner with local communities to achieve a sustainable economic future. For more information, visit www.fbportsmouth.com.

Vermiculite packing material is added to one of the 30-gallon drums containing surplus low-enriched material. Each drum was then sealed inside a specialized 55-gallon container in preparation for off-site transportation and disposal. At different points during the assembly process, Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth workers were required to wear Tyvek suits and respirators (see above). The drums were surveyed by Radiation Control crews in the X-744G Warehouse. Photo credit: Michelle Teeters