November 5, 2012
Enforcement Letter issued to URS E&C Holdings Incorporated, related to Regulatory Issues Associated with a Series of Fall Protection Occurrences at the Separations Process Research Unit Disposition Project
The Office of Health, Safety and Security’s Office of Enforcement and Oversight evaluated a series of fall protection occurrences associated with URS E&C Holdings Incorporated’s (URS) operations at the Department of Energy (DOE) Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) Disposition Project (DP) in Niskayuna, New York. These occurrences took place between November 2011 and July 2012, and included an event involving a URS employee working close to a second floor wall opening in building G2 at SPRU on July 9, 2012. On July 19, 2012, URS reported the noncompliances associated with the July 9 fall hazard event into DOE’s Noncompliance Tracking System (NTS) report NTS--SPRUURSWD-SPRU-2012-0001, Noncompliance with Fall Protection Requirements. Concurrently, the DOE SPRU Field Office issued to URS several DOE Activity Observation Reports that documented the noncompliances associated with this event and nine other fall protection occurrences in the previous nine months. URS performed an apparent cause analysis that included a review of these fall protection occurrences at SPRU DP. In addition, the DOE SPRU Field Office has conveyed concerns to URS about the company’s ability to meet expectations for noncompliance self-identification, trending, and corrective action management.