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Type B Accident Investigation of the July 12, 2007, Forklift and Pedestrian Accident at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office

April 14, 2008

On July 12, 2007, an employee at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) was walking alone during her scheduled lunch period. The weather was clear and sunny with little or no breeze. At the same time, another employee was driving a forklift between buildings moving two empty liquid nitrogen dewars to be refilled. Both the pedestrian and the forklift were traveling on streets owned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and operated and maintained by the site lessee, the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC).