Worker hospitalized after fire at Idaho National Lab‏

A worker at the Idaho National Laboratory was hospitalized last Friday with burns sustained in a fire at the facility.

Reuters reported:

The chemical fire on Friday broke out in a building adjacent to a decommissioned, experimental reactor at the U.S. Department of Energy’s sprawling Idaho National Laboratory that is cooled by sodium, lab spokeswoman Sara Prentice said.

The fire may have been caused by a sodium reaction, Prentice said.

The unidentified employee, who works for the private Idaho Cleanup Project, was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls for evaluation of burns, the lab said in a written statement.

According to Reuters:

Ten other employees were evaluated at the scene by medical personnel and released, the lab said. Others at the complex were told to remain in their buildings as a precautionary measure, but there was no evidence of continued reaction or fire.

Reuters also reported:

Ten other employees were evaluated at the scene by medical personnel and released, the lab said. Others at the complex were told to remain in their buildings as a precautionary measure, but there was no evidence of continued reaction or fire.

The fire followed at earlier incident last week in which seventeen employees were exposed to plutonium at the decommissioned reactor.

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/11/us-nuclear-lab-fire-idUSTRE7AA53L20111111

 

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