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

Published: February 20th, 2013 at 12:50 am ET
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16 comments to Worker dies at U.S. nuclear plant — Same day local news airs investigation into “alarming pattern” of safety violations (VIDEO)

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    No worker EVER dies of radiation at or outside of a nuclear plant. They ALWAYS die of 'other' causes.

    Funny how radiation causes heart attacks, but if a guy has a heart attack inside of a nuclear plant where there is lots of radiation, it had NOTHING to do with that radiation..

    Low Dose Radiation Dangers/Symptoms For Children And Adults
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/p/low-dose-radiation-dangers-for-children.html

    Symptoms Of Low Dose Radiation Exposure; via A Green Road
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/11/symptoms-of-low-dose-radiation-exposure.html


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    With this kind of twisted logic, no wonder that no ever dies from radiation after a nuclear accident.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    "Not contaminated"

    Of course not… no one who dies of low dose radiation is ever 'contaminated', because the pro nuclear apologists believe that radiation that does not kill you immediately is GOOD FOR YOU.

    With that definition, we should all move into nuclear power plants and drink 'hot' radioactive waste water, and cuddle up to spent fuel rods at night to stay warm.


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  • 16Penny 16Penny

    Leak plugged, full steam ahead!


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  • I did a little write on the basic non-compatibility of nukes and humans on the Home Planet, it goes like this….

    Why Nukes and Humans should mix on the Home Planet
    The real problem with nuclear is not so much the technology, its the cost to make it "safe enough" but then the stunning realization that if humans are involved that nuke can never be safe because humans are highly imperfect creatures.

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2013/02/why-nukes-and-humans-should-mix-on-home.html


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    • pcjensen

      tweeted that write up, thanks, nicely in line with this article. Nukes kill people :)


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      excellent thoughts, stock.

      I was particularly impressed by your emphasis, regarding "…the whole process of regulation, a symbiotic necessity that for the regulators to exist they need the industry and in particular the plant in the location they live with their family to exist. And regulatory capture is commonplace these days, we see it everywhere, not just the nuke industry…" All need to meditate on this socioeconomic phenomena. We see this running the gamut, from street corner drug dealers to corporate-run prison complexes. Seems modern society can't find the courage to change its own dirty diaper…

      Again, good thoughts…


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  • pcjensen

    Because industry claims the man's death is not due to contamination, they ought to pay for the full medical autopsy. Make them prove it. Release all of the mans medical records immediately. Proceed with inquiry on all "non-radiation related" deaths #Law.

    I think I recall that some nuc employee doctors may actually be paid for by the industry? Anyone know? Then you have all the transient employes, no tracking on their medical as I recall…. nuclear gypsies. How many of them have medical issues [not, ha] related to nuclear employment?

    Lack of new workers moving up through the system, grievous breakdown in ethics, security practices, and facilities… all leads to one thing: a dead dinosaur.

    Let's get this over with before more serious accidents occur. #ShutThemAllDown.


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  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    You could stand in a radiation field until it killed you without your body ever becoming contaminated with radioactive elements. Metals in your possession could potentially become "activated" by neutrons if they were exposed to neutron bombardment long enough though.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Its amazing the rationalizations by the Owners of the nuclear energy empire….Obviously they must have advanced technology that can save them from plutonium and or a ride off this planet..They must also think that they can safely live in underground bunkers also called under ground cities even after they have been exposed to deadly plutonium.
      Im sure that Kissinger and rockerfeller must be so happy knowing there will finally be a way to control the population of the world that is now at 7 billion…


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  • pcjensen

    great to see language clarified, makes a huge difference in how messages are received. More clarity like that is needed in the investigations on TEPCO, Japan gov, et al..


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  • nyc

    Death at Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina 02/16/2013:

    "At approximately 1318 hours (EST), the Main Control Room was notified of a contract employee slumped over on a fork lift inside the protected area. First Responders were dispatched to the scene. Off-site assistance was requested and arrived on-site at approximately 1330 hrs. CPR was administered by the First Responders and Paramedics. At 1403 hrs., the paramedics determined that the efforts to revive the patient were unsuccessful. The cause of death has not yet been determined.'

    http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2013/20130219en.html#en48761


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