Worker Dies in Fukushima Nuclear Plant Accident

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power plant construction safetyJapan -- A laborer in his 50s died in an on-the-job accident today.  He was inspecting a water storage tank, fell inside, and died as a result of his injuries.

The man worked for a top Japanese construction firm, Hazama Ando Co.  He fell 33 feet into the tank and was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.  The plant is under fire due to a large amount of workplace accidents at this site.  This is the second death in under a year.

"We promise to implement measures to ensure that such tragedy does not occur again," said plant manager Akira Ono.

There has already been 55 accidents during this fiscal year, almost double last year's rate.

"It's not just the number of accidents that has been on the rise.  It's the serious cases, including deaths and serious injuries that have risen so we asked Tokyo Electric to improve the situation," said labor inspector Katsuyoshi Ito.