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article imageFukushima Daiichi worker dies, no sign of radiation

By KJ Mullins     May 14, 2011 in World
A worker from Fukushima Daiichi in Japan has died but the initial report is that radiation poisoning was not the cause.
According to the Washington Post the worker had not been feeling well when he collapsed just a day after he had started worked at the crippled nuclear plant. On Friday he was exposed to 0.51 millisieverts and Saturday's exposure was 0.17 millisieverts. Those exposures are about 4 times the dosage from a chest xray.
The worker, in his 60's, was in protective gear when he collapsed Saturday morning just 50 minutes into his shift. By the time he was transported to the medical room at the plant he was not breathing. Local police are investigating the death.
“The temperature in the facility is not being monitored, but we hear that it is not a severe working environment in terms of humidity and radiation levels,” said Yoshimi Hitosugi, another Tepco spokesman. “We also understand that the work itself did not impose a high physical burden.”
The employee was working in a building that stores radioactive-contaminated water at the time of his collapse.
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