Saturday, October 29, 2011

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Two Workers Injured (One Badly) after Being Hit by Crane Wire

From Yomiuri Shinbun (10/29/2011):


According to TEPCO, during the dismantling of the large crane [for Reactor 1 covering] at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, wire (3.6 centimeters in diameter) fell from the crane and hit two workers at about 8:30AM on October 29.


A worker in his 40s broke bones at 5 locations including the chin and both legs, and was air-lifted to a hospital. A worker in his 20s has pain in his shoulder and stomach. TEPCO is investigating how the accident happened.

The 40-something worker broke his chin, both legs, rib cage, and right arm, according to independent journalist Ryuichi Kino, reporting on the TEPCO's press conference. (Some fear for his life, not trusting TEPCO.)

This is TEPCO's current understanding of the situation, from TEPCO's handout for the press (10/29/2011). TEPCO says it was 2.8-centimeter wire weighing 360 kilogram:


Anonymous said...

Probably low-level workers for an nth layer subcontractor operating in a hurried and unsafe manner, which inevitably leads to accidents.

This should give you that warm fuzzy feeling of terror when you consider that this might describe a large number of workers attempting to perform a never before concieved task where the unknowns vastly outweigh the known factors.

Watch carefully, as there won't be a lot of warning or possibly no official word at all if/when a "miscalculated" move leads to the end we have all feared for some time now.

Anonymous said...

wow, and they are just "getting started" with the task at hand. Keep going, hard workers! YOU are the brave ones--Take pride in saving the world!! Millions of people are counting on you!!

Anonymous said...

There is no President, Prime Minister, CEO, surgeon, or banker in the world performing more IMPORTANT, urgent, or serious work RIGHT NOW than these men working on Fukushima Daiichi, including the engineers and scientists. They have absolutely the most important jobs in the world right now. God Bless them!

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