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Japan nuclear plant worker dies after falling into tank

20 January 2015, 11:15

Tokyo — A worker at Japan's wrecked nuclear power plant died after falling into a water storage tank, the latest in a growing number of accidents at the site still struggling to clean up the mess from the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant said the worker, 55, died of multiple injuries early Tuesday after falling through an opening atop a 10-meter (33-foot) high tank. He was one of three men inspecting the tank. Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the plant, says the cause of the accident is under investigation.

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Currently, the plant's decades-long decommissioning involves nearly 7,000 workers. The number of injuries in the April to November period totaled 40 last year, compared to 12 a year earlier, underscoring growing concern about sloppy safety measures.

- AP


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