Canadian Manufacturing

Alberta engineering firm raises Nuke comission’s ire

Alleged improper handling of radioactive equipment prompts a stern notice from Canada's nuclear watchdog.

MEDICINE HAT, Alta.—The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has ordered an engineering firm in southeastern Alberta to lock up its nuclear devices until it corrects what it calls safety deficiencies.

The commission says an inspector went to AR Geotechnical Engineering earlier this month and found radiation levels of workers not being ascertained, shipping dangerous goods without a transport document and not meeting the commitments documented within the company’s safety program.

The order was issued July 7.

Ayoub Ramandan of AR Geotechnical Engineering says the deficiencies relate to improperly filed paperwork.

He says the company has a radiation protection program in place, but proper documentation was not completed, so they are now fixing that.

The firm provides geotechnical, environmental and material engineering services for south and central Alberta and Saskatchewan and the device is a portable gauge that measures the amount of water in soil.

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