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Local Companies | Article published October 23, 2002
Davis-Besse worker sues over suspension

OAK HARBOR, Ohio - A Davis-Besse worker is suing FirstEnergy Corp. on the grounds it made him a scapegoat for crane problems that have put the nuclear plant’s repairs further behind schedule.

Timothy G. Tackett of Port Clinton claims FirstEnergy should not have suspended him Sept. 19 for his role in overseeing modifications made to the utility’s Polar Crane inside the plant’s containment building. The crane, a permanent fixture in that part of the plant, was used to remove Davis-Besse’s damaged reactor head this summer and is supposed to be used to install the replacement cover this fall or early next year.

(For more Davis-Besse coverage, go to www.toledoblade.com/davisbesse)

FirstEnergy ordered minor improvements to the crane before the old reactor head was removed, but several were not made. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials expressed disappointment at a meeting in September upon learning that Mike Stevens, FirstEnergy director of work management, discovered some of the unfinished tasks himself.

Mr. Stevens, who supervises Mr. Tackett, ordered a temporary work shutdown.

Mr. Tackett is an advanced nuclear technologist in the plant’s maintenance support department. His role was to oversee the crane modifications, Richard Wilkins, a FirstEnergy spokesman, said.

At one point on Sept. 13, a contractor was nearly electrocuted while performing unauthorized work, according to the lawsuit.

The document claims Mr. Tackett was wrongfully put on administrative leave after he was "accused of having intentionally misrepresented the facts in regards to what work needed to be done with the crane."

The lawsuit claims he is not being compensated while on leave, but Mr. Tackett acknowledged yesterday that he is still getting paid and receiving benefits. He declined to comment about his lawsuit. His attorney, Frank Landry, of Toledo, did not return calls seeking comment.

FirstEnergy had little to say, other than that the crane modifications did not meet company standards. The incomplete work included items such as light bulbs, screws, and wiring, Mr. Wilkins said.

(For more Davis-Besse coverage, go to www.toledoblade.com/davisbesse)


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