An on-the-job injury at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station caused a
scare for a Pennsylvania worker and medical personnel treating him. In
the course of performing his work duties, he was replacing a valve in
Unit 3 of the plant, currently shut down for maintenance and refueling.
While he was examining the valve, it shut on the fingertips of his left
hand, requiring immediate off-site medical attention for the
The worker was first checked for signs of radioactive contamination and
was then sent to York Hospital with the protective glove still covering
his injured hand. A radiation protection technician accompanied the injured
employee. The glove was covered by a protective bag, following established
procedures for such incidents. The incident will now be investigated by
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to confirm the checking and transporting
procedures employed were proper.
There was no further word on the injury suffered by the worker or his further
condition. Clearly radiation contamination is a serious matter. While
it appears proper procedure was followed once the injury occurred, no
information was disclosed regarding the apparent failure of any safeguards
regarding the operation of the valve which caused the injury.
An on-the-job injury such as this incident is normally covered by workers'
compensation. In the aftermath of such a potentially serious exposure
to harmful radiation, an injured worker may well need to apply for workers'
compensation benefits. Many find the laws and procedures cumbersome and
contradictory. In similar cases where benefits are required, a Pennsylvania
attorney experienced in handling all aspects of workers' compensation
matters may help ease the process and work to achieve coverage for all
Source: The York Daily Record, "Contaminated glove reaches York Hospital after Peach Bottom injury," Ashley M. Wislock, Sept. 19, 2011