The Tennessee Valley Authority is responsible for the economic development of the entire valley, along with providing navigation, flood control, fertilizer manufacturing and electricity generation for its residents.
In December 2012, the TVA's Browns Ferry plant location was cited by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for unsafe working conditions after an operator error tripped the Unit 2 reactor. NRC spokesman Joey Ledford said, "Even though the unit was safely shut down and there was no threat to workers or people living near the plant, the NRC has preliminarily determined that the finding is white, meaning it has low to moderate safety significance."
Since the December citation, Browns Ferry has been given the worst NR safety rating in the entire country, marking nine citations in a three-year period for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Although no injuries were reported in the case of the misfiring reactor, workplace accidents are a common occurrence, especially in a working environment as dangerous as a nuclear power plant. Workers compensation rights cover employees in case of injury or illness on the job, but what if a claim is denied?
In that case, the only way justice can be done for the victim of a workplace injury is to seek legal representation for the physical and emotional pain and anguish you have endured. Greg Coleman Law understands that a workplace injury can be devastating to the victim and their loved ones, and we always fight for the maximum amount of compensation our clients are eligible for.
The workers that were present at the Browns Ferry reactor incident were extremely lucky, but no employee should have to worry about the safety of their surroundings, especially in an industry that is so highly regulated.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a workplace injury, contact a Knoxville personal injury attorney at Greg Coleman Law today at (865) 247-0080.