Rio Tinto Apologises After Radioactive Capsule Lost In WA

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Rio Tinto’s iron ore division chief Simon Trott has apologised after a radioactive capsule was lost in Western Australia and said the company is taking the incident “very seriously.”

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In response to the incident in Western Australia, Rio Tinto released an official statement apologising for the mistake and outlining steps it will take to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The statement also included a commitment to cooperate fully with any regulatory investigations and submit an incident report to the relevant authorities. Rio Tinto has increased safety protocols around industrial radiography work across all its operations and launched an investigation into how it happened.

Rio Tinto is also providing any support necessary to the local community and government authorities to ensure that any potential risks posed by the capsule’s disappearance are properly managed.

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency has been notified of the incident and is conducting an investigation. The agency has asked Rio Tinto for more information about the incident and the potential risks associated with it, including identifying any personnel who may have been exposed.

Industrial Radiography

The lost capsule is a sealed industrial radiography source containing radioactive material and is used during non-destructive testing of welds on pipelines and other infrastructure. Rio Tinto has said that exposure to radiation levels from the source would not present an immediate health risk, and that the risk of any long-term effects is low.

“We take safety and environmental considerations extremely seriously, and we are deeply sorry that this incident has happened,” said Simon Trott. “We are committed to working with the authorities to ensure this does not happen again.”

Rio Tinto has expressed its regret for the incident and stressed that safety remains its top priority. The company said it takes full responsibility for what happened and is committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

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