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Worker dies at Fukushima Daiichi

August 8, 2015

Fukushima nuclear plant worker dies in accident



Aug. 8, 2015 - Updated 05:51 UTC+2


A worker at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has died in an accident.

The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, and paramedics say the 52-year-old man was found stuck in the lid of a tanker on a large vacuum vehicle at around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

They say the worker had been employed by a subcontractor. He was taken to a hospital in the neighboring town of Hirono but was later confirmed dead.

TEPCO says he had been cleaning the vacuum vehicle when the accident happened.

The car is being used by workers building a wall of frozen soil around the nuclear complex to keep groundwater from seeping into the 4 reactor buildings.

The company says the man began working early in the morning to avoid scorching summer heat.

TEPCO says the accident took place at a soil storage site in the northern part of the plant's premises. It says it is investigating the cause of the accident.



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