Title: Daily Report
Date: as of 3:00 PM, November 15
At around 2:25 PM on October 5, a TEPCO employee fell down from the opening of the ball collector pit (approx. 4m high) located outside of Unit 4 (uncontrolled area) during repair/paint work of the pit frame. The injured worker was transported to the clinic in J-Village at 3:37 PM on the same day upon judgment by a doctor at the clinic in the power station and was examined at the clinic. The worker was conscious and no radioactive material was attached on his body. Upon judgment by a doctor at the clinic in J-Village, an ambulance was called at around 5:21 PM on the same day to transport the worker to Fukushima Accident Hospital. As a result of a medical examination, the worker was diagnosed to have fractures of the transverse process of the fourth lumbar vertebra and the spine of the fifth lumbar vertebra, which will take a month to heal. The causes of the incident are considered to be such as the lid of the opening on the floor being open without a warning sign, improper work allocation not taking into considerations the tasks and working experience at the site and not being aware of the risk of falling down from the opening on the floor due to insufficient risk prediction before work. For recurrence prevention, the lids of all the openings on the floor will be kept closed using annealing wire, install signs “Do not open” near the openings, check the work environment before work even when TEPCO employees engage in the work, require the supervisor to determine work allocation depending on the tasks, assign an observer for tasks deemed to be of risk as a result of work environment check, require all members involved in tasks to check the work environment for risk prediction and share the information on the risks found and implement necessary measures to ensure work safety.
Published: November 18th, 2012 at 7:35 am ET