Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fukushima employee dies after losing consciousness

Tokyo .- A worker at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station died Friday after collapsing unconscious while carrying building materials in a plant, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported. The plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), said that no remains have been found radioactive substances in the human body and it had no apparent injuries, although at the moment no further details about the cause of death .

The operator, working with a partner, collapsed an hour after starting his working day at 06.00 am (21.00 GMT Friday) when he entered a medical ward of the facility in Fukushima. This is the first time a worker dies Fukushima plant while working, and the other two deceased employees were victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit nuclear plant on 11 March.

TEPCO previously received criticism for weaknesses in security measures of some operators, who must often work in an environment with high levels of radiation, as well as the conditions under which their employees live within the facility. More than 30 employees Fukushima have been exposed to high levels of radiation while performing their daily tasks, some of them for not wearing appropriate protective measures, while fifteen people were injured in the early days of the crisis by explosions in Units 1 and 3.

TEPCO is making slow progress in stabilizing the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, although the measures to cool the units and reduce pollution last week allowed the operators could enter for the first time inside the reactor 1.

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