Workers wearing radiation protective gear standing on a water tank storing radiation-contaminated water at Tepco’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Nov 12, 2014. — PHOTO: REUTERS
TOKYO (AFP) – A worker at Japan’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant died on Tuesday after falling into a water tank, the country’s nuclear operator said, the second fatal accident to blight efforts to stabilise the tsunami-battered facility.
Separately on Tuesday, another worker died because of an incident at the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant, which is located several kilometres south of the damaged No. 1 plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said.
The victim at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant, reportedly in his 50s, was inspecting an empty water tank with two other workers when he fell from the top of the 10m container, according to Tepco. The worker was trying to remove the lid of the giant tank by himself when he fell into the unit.
In the unrelated incident at the Fukushima No. 2 plant, which was largely unscathed by the huge natural disaster, a worker died after suffering a severe head injury after being caught in equipment, a Tepco spokesman said.