An investigation has been launched after a worker at the Faslane naval base on the Clyde was mistakenly exposed to radiation.
The incident happened in June, but was only revealed in a report posted online last week by the UK government’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). It said that an operator had received a “small dose” from a radiography source used for checking materials.
“The incident in question occurred during a standard procedure and involved a radiographer approaching the source while it was still exposed,” said an ONR spokeswoman. “On realising this, the radiographer returned to the control device and ensured the source was retracted. The dose accrued was below any notifiable limit.”
She added: “ONR is still awaiting the outcome of HM Navel Base Clyde’s investigation and it is therefore not appropriate to comment in detail at this time.”