13.06.2019

Mercury Spillage at Power Station

A leak from rectifiers/gauges caused a mercury spillage at a Power Station.

Future were contacted immediately and asked to attend site following a mercury spillage at a Power Station.  The situation was assessed accordingly by Future’s specialist team, RAMS were agreed and put in place.

The areas were identified that required the decontamination and a hoover specifically designed for mercury decontamination works was utilised.  A Mercury monitor was operated throughout, to establish levels of mercury contamination.

Positioning of drums on pallets in a suitable area was identified as this avoided movement later in the cleanup.  Future proceeded to clear the area of debris and place into the drums, keeping the material segrated between “low” and “high” risk mercury contamination.  The drums were lined with plastic to provide a further protective layer against any leakage. The material was then transported to Future’s Specialist Recovery Treatment Plant in Berwick-upon-Tweed, where it was tested further and segrated as necessary.  Future Industrial Specialist Recovery

Future then re-surveyed the area and marked any remaining ‘hot spots ‘as ‘fixed ‘mercury contamination.   Any ‘hot spots’ (which may be due to mercury absorbed into the surface) were identified and marked with spray paint.

Once the scope of works had been completed and signed off, a Completion Certificate was issued to the customer, equipment cleared and site tidied.

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