(TOKYO) — Since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake crippled Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last March, spurring a nuclear crisis, three workers have died. Now, a man in his 60s is the latest plant worker to have fallen victim.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the plant, says the worker is in a coma after collapsing on the job Monday. According to the operator, the man was pouring concrete for a tank to hold radioactive materials, when he complained of sickness and later passed out.
TEPCO is trying to confirm just how long the man had been working at nuclear plants and how much radiation to which he’d been exposed.
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