Friday, September 2, 2011

How 2 Workers Got Wet from Contaminated Water from Kurion's Vessel

TEPCO has a cute illustration of what happened. The worker's error, the company says, of removing the hose without shutting the valve off.

(When the workers get blamed, look for the real cause elsewhere.)

TEPCO's handout for the press on 9/1/2011:


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

TEPCO should have installed a backup, dual valve system --right now they have a single point of failure..and the liquid is pretty 'hot' --note steel shelding all around except the pipe..bet the radiation/water shoots out under high pressure. They should have set up a series of valves--the design kind of looks like tinker toys. Sad!

pat said...

1) The hose should have a quick disconnect so even fi the valve isn't off, the bleeder doesn't do much once you disconnect it.

2) the procedure is psycho. That's radioactive fluid. so the hose, the container on the ground are all radioactive. this is nuts.

Marc Sheffner said...

Very sensible suggestions in the comments. If only there were a way to pass them on to TEPCO, or ask if such measures have been or will be implemented (and if not, why not?!).

Anonymous said...

The bigger issue is the cores are still fissioning. That's much much worse than a few workers getting irradiated.

Can't they drop a bunch of gadolinium or cadmium down the drywells to quench it? maybe even mix cadmium oxide with aluminium to make some sort of thermite, to burn into the corium.

Anonymous said...

I looked for this illustration in TEPCO homepage, but couldn't. It would be appreciated if you tell me the URL I can download it if available.

Anonymous said...

TEPCO is good at demonstrating what built-in contempt for workers looks like in the real world.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@anon 4:01AM, sorry I forgot to provide the link. It's there now in the post. Or follow this: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/images/handouts_110901_01-e.pdf

TEPCO does seem to have a built-in contempt for the outside world except for government bureaucrats. They don't think it's a contempt but business as usual, as all they had to worry about was the government bureaucrats in the NISA.

They're not known for engineering either. Also, if this is what Kurion designed, they are not very much of an engineering company either.

Anonymous said...

Somehow I had to think of Stan and Laurel.

I fear that this makeshift installation is not painted liquid-proof etc.
A few more of these accidents and then they maybe could have to decommission the cleaning row and build a new one because of contamination in concrete.

P.S.: Again many thanks for your great blog. Any other way to donate than Paypal?

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

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Anonymous said...

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Keep up your good work arevamirpal::laprimavera
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arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

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