Fukushima nuclear plant worker dies

10/06/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — A worker in his 50’s who has been working at the Fukushima nuclear power plant since August passed away on Oct. 6, according to the Sankei newspaper.

The worker said he was not feeling well at their morning meeting on Oct. 5. He was conscious, but could not walk by himself and was carried to the hospital at the city of Iwaki in Fukushima.

He had been working on the operation to install the tanks to store radioactive water. He had worked about 3 hours per day for 46 days at the plant.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said, “Since his radiation dose was 2.02 millisieverts, it makes it difficult to think that radiation caused his death.” They didn’t reveal the cause of death.

There have been two other workers who died that were working to restore the damage at the Fukushima plant. One worker in his 60’s died of heart problems in May and another worker in his 40’s died of acute leukemia in August.

“Those deaths were are not caused by radiation,” TEPCO said.

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