Reports: Two dead, one wounded at nuclear plant in France

Published: February 28th, 2013 at 5:49 pm ET


Xinhua, March 1, 2013: Two Die, One Wounded in East France Nuclear Site […] Two workers died and another was seriously injured on Thursday after a nacelle collapsed on the nuclear site of Cattenom in the eastern French town of Moselle, local media reported. […] Citing the prefecture, the report added that the incident did not cause a nuclear threat. […] […] According to the Lorraine France Bleu Nord, the accident occurred on Thursday shortly after 5pm at the central nuclear reactor building. Unit 4 had been closed to allow for a ten-year safety inspection and maintenance check. According to early witness accounts part of a platform and ladder broke off and fell four metres onto workers. […]

Fox Business: French nuclear safety watchdog Autorite de Surete Nucleaire said Thursday two workers were killed and another badly injured at one of Electricite de France SA’s (EDF.FR) nuclear plant in the east of France. […]

AAP: […] The accident, which occurred around 4:35pm (0235 on Friday AEDT), saw the trio fall four metres from a cherry-picker platform in a part of the plant that was closed for maintenance, firefighters said. […] The two dead men were aged 42 and 44. […] The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, though it appeared something broke as the workers tried to manoeuvre the platform, local prosecutor Jean-Francois Mailhes, who has opened an investigation into the incident, said at a press conference. France’s Nuclear Safety Authority and the regional police of Metz have been charged with handling the probe.

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Published: February 28th, 2013 at 5:49 pm ET


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11 comments to Reports: Two dead, one wounded at nuclear plant in France

  • markww markww

    Safety Inspectors Did Not do their Jobs


  • pcjensen

    lousy at their jobs

  • redwing redwing

    "though it appeared something broke"

    You got that right.

    They broke the planet.

  • Lots of bodies turning up at nuke plants lately,

    makes me say hmmmmm

  • irhologram

    I agree with you Stock. We can't just say they all got old and had heart attacks. i live near a nuclear plant in FL. My next door neighbor works there…and I rented rooms to workers and inspectors…they were all middle aged and younger. And it isn't very likely these recent deaths would have resulted from suddenly being overcome with a lethal dose of radiation that made them careless or overcame them, while no one else was exposed. Sooooo…

  • irhologram

    Also…….why does the headline say one "wounded," and not one "injured." Interesting choice of words…a battlefield term.. So are we being directed to think something's amiss (as in bringing it into our focused attention now)? There are hundreds of nuclear facilities…what would be the normal statistical incidence of workplace deaths around heavy machinery? What has it been in nuke plants up until now?

  • The Edis Page for it..

    They usually park the cherry pickers close to where they're needed, daft as it sounds, saves trying to drive the darn things round a busy dangerous works. Wonder if 10 years of errant neutrons made bits brittle…

  • CB CB

    People do not have to go indoors to protect themselves from being terrorized by low dose radiation poisoning.

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    I live near nuke plant in Florida too. And while most in the traveling nuclear worker entourage are mostly 30 to 40 years old…. most do work with brittle equipment but most are so poor…they just do their jobs and keep their mouths shut!