Research and analysis

Transport of radioactive materials: UK incidents 2010

This report (HPA-CRCE-024) describes accidents and incidents involving transport of radioactive materials to, from, or within the UK in 2010.


HPA-CRCE-024: radiological consequences resulting from accidents and incidents involving the transport of radioactive materials in the UK – 2010 review

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This report includes descriptions of 30 accidents and incidents involving the transport of radioactive materials from, to, or within the United Kingdom, which occurred in 2010.

These were slightly fewer than reported in 2009 (33 events), and within the range of events in the last 5-year period:

  • 33 in 2009
  • 39 in 2008
  • 26 in 2007
  • 29 in 2006
  • 16 in 2005

Of the events in this review 8 involved irradiated nuclear fuel flasks. In 2010 there were 4 events involving the discovery of radioactive material in shipments containing material thought to be non-radioactive. None of the events reported resulted in any significant radiation doses to workers or members of the public. These events have been entered into the Radioactive material transport event database (RAMTED).