Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan has issued the following statement regarding an employee critically injured during an accident Sunday at Technical Area-53:
“We are deeply concerned about the serious medical condition of the worker who was injured in an electrical accident this Sunday,” McMillan said. “Nothing is more important at this time than his well-being. On behalf of the entire workforce at Los Alamos, I would like to express our hope for a full recovery and our sympathy and support to his family at this very difficult and trying time.”
A LANL spokesperson issued the following update about the accident:
Yesterday’s (Sunday) accident at a TA-53 electrical substation resulted in a serious burn injury to an employee. The injured employee remains hospitalized at UNM Hospital in critical-but-stable condition. One other employee with minor injuries remains under observation at Los Alamos Medical Center. Please keep our injured colleagues and their families in your thoughts.
The Laboratory has begun investigations into the cause of the accident. We expect the joint Laboratory/DOE accident investigation board to be up and running within three days.
The Laboratory is currently assessing the safe status of TA-53 and evaluating similar work across the Laboratory. TA-53 employees who have been displaced due to this event should continue to communicate with their supervisors for operational updates and other information. We ask for your support and cooperation during the investigation and recovery phase.
Please follow all guidance from your management and take extra time to ensure your safety and the safety of your co-workers.
The LANL Public Affairs Office will continue to post official updates via internal news venues. Specific information about the injured employees will be handled in accordance with medical privacy laws.