NRC and Chicago Bridge & Iron reach agreement

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Chicago Bridge & Iron have agreed on several measures the company will implement to improve its safety-conscious work environment as part of a settlement of two employee protection violations.

The settlement, spelled out in a Confirmatory Order issued by the NRC’s Office of Enforcement, was reached through the agency’s alternative dispute resolution process. It resolved two violations issued by the NRC in April regarding employment discrimination at Shaw Nuclear Services, a vendor purchased by Chicago Bridge & Iron in February.

The first violation involved a quality assurance supervisor who was fired after raising concerns about potentially faulty rebar that may have been shipped to the National Enrichment Facility in New Mexico by a third-party vendor. The second involved language in Shaw’s Corporate Code of Conduct that could prohibit, restrict, or otherwise discourage employees from participating in protected activities, including providing information to the NRC.