Forty Indian nuclear workers exposed to radiation

The South African publication Times Live reported yesterday:

More than 40 workers at a nuclear power station in northern India have bee exposted to tritium radiation in two separate leaks.

The first accident occurred on June 23 when 38 people were exposed during maintenance work on a coolant channel at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station in Rawatbhata, senior plant manager Vinod Kumar told AFP.

Two of them received radiation doses equivalent to the annual permissible limit, he said, but all those involved have returned to work.

This was the second worker exposure at the plant within a week:

In a second incident last Thursday, another four maintenance workers at the plant were exposed to tritium radiation while they were repairing a faulty seal on a pipe.

India has a poor safety record for worker safety, as the news organization reported:

In May 2011, four labourers were exposed to low levels of radiation at the Kakrapur Atomic Power Station in eastern Gujarat state.

In November 2009, workers at a nuclear plant in southern Karnataka state fell ill after radioactive water contaminated their drinking water.

Here’s a link to the Times Live article: http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2012/07/24/40-india-nuclear-plant-workers-contaminated

 

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