Man dies after collapsing while working at Fukushima — Had put on a full protective suit to help prevent radiation exposure

Published: May 14th, 2011 at 12:49 pm ET


Fukushima Daiichi plant worker dies, NHK, May 14, 2011:

A worker at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant fell unconscious at work on Saturday and later died.

The worker in his 60s complained of ill health while working at a waste processing facility […] The company says the worker had put on a full protective suit and was not exposed to radioactive substances.

UPDATE: The New York Times headlines “Japanese Worker’s Death Not Linked to Radiation“. Then goes adds “A worker at Japan’s crippled nuclear plant died Saturday of causes that appeared to be unrelated to radiation, the plant’s operator said.”

Published: May 14th, 2011 at 12:49 pm ET


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27 comments to Man dies after collapsing while working at Fukushima — Had put on a full protective suit to help prevent radiation exposure

  • Shoko Asahara

    Cause of death?

  • ocifferdave

    Here’s our current decade’s versions of a 9/11 firefighter that lost his life saving others…us.

  • xdrfox

    Worker dies at tsunami hit Japan’s Fukushima nuke plant
    TEPCO had earlier claimed that two female employees were exposed to radiation exceeding the legal limit

  • xdrfox

    Kyodo News agency reported the man had no apparent injuries and a second worker nearby had no ill health effects.

  • Anthony

    Third worker dies at Japan’s troubled nuclear plant
    Reuters By Kiyoshi Takenaka | Reuters – Sat, 14 May, 2011

    Yahoo`s coverage….

  • peachtree pam

    May this noble man rest in peace trying to spare others the consequences he suffered as a result of the effects of cumulative radiation exposure.

  • Novamind

    Hopefully in time a Memorial will be built, listing the names of those who gave their lives in Honor for Japan and the world.

    This story has more holes in it than the containment vessels themselfs, it continues the never ending saga of Tepco Lies and Decete

  • Nevadan

    There are two yahoo news stories out on this. One says this is the first person to die at the plant. The other says this is the third person to die. Yahoo is constantly telling lies and downplaying this event.

    Two days ago they added a paragraph to the news about reactor one in meltdown. They said the radiation level was thousands of times below the level for any danger. Arnie Gunderson says the level is so high their geiger counters can’t read it.

    • xdrfox

      2 died in the wave of water that overtook the plant on 311 ~ it took weeks to find the bodies because of radioactivity in the plant grounds!

  • “The company says the worker had put on a full protective suit and was not exposed to radioactive substances.”

    Radioactive substances radiation, of course.

  • The last post took out my mathematical sign for “does not equal” so I’ll try again…

    Radioactive substances does not equal radiation, of course.

  • can't fool all the people all the time

    photos of the plant from may 10th

  • can't fool all the people all the time

    a better link to the photos

  • can't fool all the people all the time

    a better link to the photos of the plant and more

  • mark V

    Personal lie detector is full scale, even if this story is probably technically 100% true. People accumulating 1sV could still survive for years, every morning finding new symptoms of coming imminent death. It’s just yet another piece of brainwashing by banksters/corpo/gov mafia, “you see, this accident has caused only one death so far, go watch what’s required”.

  • J. jackson

    1)Remember the workers that got their feet burned in very radioactive water and hey were shown WALKING into the hospital withe a tarp to hide their ID.
    2)Remember the Fuk. 50 which we have had no pictures of or honoring event for good PR
    3) Remember the 400 sent in to replace the Fuk.50 on shift work but when there was a 7.5 earth quake there were only 2 works to evacuate.

    There many things to remember here that just do not add up.

  • JC

    The first in a very, very long line….

  • Tricky Dick

    The “Fool Protection Suit” is good TV, but bad medicine.

  • norral

    not a problem. not due to radiation . radiation not a problem, ha , glowing is good. u are feeling sleepy, sleeepy, sleeepy.

  • Brent

    A worker 60 years old wearing a hot protective suit could have died of normal causes. No mystery here other then in the US you must pass a medical exam to work in a protective suit.

    The workers step in radioactive water a were hospitalized for possible beta burns. these burns never developed. get facts straight.

  • mary

    They say they “don’t know why” he died….
    Just shocking..~!

  • I can’t even read TEPCO’s dribble any longer!
    Add another TOTALLY discredited outfit in my mind. Geeze, I should be feeling some loss–No more FOX news, Glenn Beck is out for me now,…Natural news almost lost me-as even Mike Adams went silent for three weeks after announcing TEPCO’d BS line that all was safe! I was livid–one by one-they CAVE! But I see Natural News is back on the honest story once again, so I’ll relent!

    Here’s why this story really ERKS me–I read on a Japanese offshoot rag over a month ago–that 5 workers had already died,…and 15 others were, “Seriously ill”. I no longer know who to believe–BUT,…my ‘common sense’ tells me that TEPCO is lying,…and that death and destruction are FAR, Far worse that we will EVER be told. No more pablum lies for this Ol’e Gal!

    • xdrfox

      The boy that got bared from the prom for hanging a sign to ask a girl to the prom is much more important and has received dozens of hours of air time, that is what the news is concerned about.
      People write in and complain about these things.

  • QUESTION: How can you tell when a TEPCO official is lying?

    ANSWER: His lips are moving!

  • Lill

    good one Jill, lol. sadly true i believe.

    this report reminded of me of something else i read. might not in any way be related, i’m not saying it is, but it made me wonder:

    Radioactive ash found in Tokyo after March 11


    “A sewage plant in eastern Tokyo detected a highly radioactive substance in incinerator ash shortly after the nuclear crisis began at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, metropolitan government sources revealed Friday.

    The radioactive intensity of the substance was 170,000 becquerels per kilogram, the unnamed sources said.

    The ash, which has been recycled into construction materials, including cement, was collected from a sludge plant in Koto Ward in March.

    At almost at the same time that month, a radioactive substance with a radioactive intensity ranging from 100,000 to 140,000 becquerels per kg was also detected in ash at two other Tokyo sewage plants in Ota and Itabashi wards, the sources said.

    After a month, the radiation levels had dropped to 15,000 to 24,000 becquerels per kg at the three sewage plants, they added.

    The substance has yet to be identified and researchers are looking into whether it might be radioactive cesium, the sources said without elaborating.

    Meanwhile, the municipal government of Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, said Friday it has detected radioactive cesium of 41,000 becquerels per kg from incinerator ash collected Monday at a water sanitation facility.

    It also said it found cesium with an intensity of 1,844 becquerels per kg in sludge and 17,090 becquerels per kg in molten slag that was processed at a high temperature.”

  • Lil,..these numbers sound terrible,…but I’m ignorant here–can you tell me HOW heigh these are, anyone?