Worker dies at U.S. nuclear plant — Same day local news airs investigation into “alarming pattern” of safety violations (VIDEO)

Published: February 20th, 2013 at 12:50 am ET
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News Channel 5 (ABC Cleveland), Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:15p ET: A man working at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Lake County died while on the job Tuesday, the company confirmed. According to a spokesman for FirstEnergy, a medical incident occurred inside the plant [...] He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The company said tests at the hospital verified that the person involved in the incident was not contaminated. [...] He was supporting preparations for an upcoming refueling outage. No other details about the incident have been released. [...]

NewsNet5 (ABC Cleveland), Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:04p ET: The Perry Nuclear Generating Station near Cleveland is under intense scrutiny by Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors, who have uncovered a pattern of safety violations inside the plant. [...] Chuck Casto is a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regional Administrator who is overseeing ongoing inspections at the plant following a series of safety violations involving workers inside the plant. “It starts to worry you about the spread,” Casto said. “Are problems spreading?” [...] “It shows that people are violating basic safety procedures and if they don’t care about their own safety, how can they care about your’s or the community’s?” [former plant worker] Bryan Reo said. [...]

News Channel 5 reporter Ron Regan: “Federal regulators say the pattern is alarming and if it continues there could be more serious exposure to radiation.”

Watch more about the safety problems at Perry here

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