Power Reactor Event Number: 41169

Facility: HOPE CREEK Region: 1 State: NJ Unit: [1] [ ] [ ] RX Type: [1] GE-4

NRC Notified By: DUANE GARTNER HQ OPS Officer: STEVE SANDIN

Notification Date: 11/03/2004 Notification Time: 05:15 [ET]

Event Date: 11/03/2004 Event Time: 03:10 [EST]

Last Update Date: 11/03/2004

Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY 10 CFR Section: 50.72(b)(3)(xii) - OFFSITE MEDICAL Person (Organization): DAVID SILK (R1) Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode 1 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text OFFSITE MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR INJURED CONTAMINATED WORKER "

On 11/03/04 at approximately 0256 hrs, a refueling bridge operator was injured when his gloved right hand became entangled in the refuel bridge mast during the performance of core alterations.

The moving mast sections crushed two of the operator's fingers, and the bridge was immediately shutdown by the spotter.

An irradiated fuel bundle had just been removed from the reactor core at the time of the incident, and was being raised to the full up position for transport to the spent fuel pool.

The refueling SRO directed the bridge power be turned on to lower the mast slightly and release the operator's hand.

The bridge operator was escorted off of the refuel floor by radiation protection and site medical personnel.

A bridge relief crew completed the movement of the irradiated fuel bundle to its target location in the spent fuel pool, and core alterations were stopped pending completion of an accident investigation. "

The injured bridge operator was contaminated with approximately 5000 counts per minute on the injured hand, and was transported offsite by radiation protection and site medical personnel at approximately 0310 hrs.

The operator was subsequently de-contaminated inside of the ambulance under the care of the emergency room physician, and the contaminated material was returned to site inside the ambulance.

Once decontaminated, the operator was admitted to the Salem Memorial Hospital emergency room in Salem, New Jersey."

 The licensee informed the Lower Alloways Creek Township and the NRC Resident Inspector and does not plan a press release.