PIKETON, OHIO – On Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 Fluor-BWXT workers reached two million safe work hours on the decontamination and decommissioning project at the U.S. Dept. of Energy Portsmouth Site. Safe work hours are defined as hours without a lost-time accident. The 1,900 workers and subcontractors on the DOE reservation work in a challenging and ever-changing environment that includes radiological, chemical and industrial hazards.
In a message to employees, Fluor-BWXT Site Project Director Dennis Carr praised workers for maintaining a focus on safety.
“We are also paying greater attention and being more aware as we move across the aging site and perform routine tasks,” Carr said. “More importantly it means our people are carrying out physical tasks like removing process gas equipment, shipping waste, performing maintenance and doing site prep for the On-Site Waste Disposal Facility – all work that involves heavy equipment and continuing to make safety the priority.”
The two million safe work hour run began in August 2015. Fluor-BWXT is the primary cleanup contractor for the DOE at the site. The project involves more than 300 Cold War-era buildings and systems formerly used to enrich uranium, originally for the Dept. of Defense and later for the nuclear fuel industry.
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and BWX Technologies, Inc (BWXT) (NYSE: BWXT), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. Fluor-BWXT which employs 1,900 workers includes two local mentor/protégé companies, inSolves and Wastren Advantage, Inc., and a small business, Pro2Serve, brings unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth 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.