More Tepco errors and a fatality; The Latest at Fukushima — Reuters and Enformable Nuclear News

(1) Fukushima worker killed in accident, cleanup halted — Reuters

” (Reuters) – A worker at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant died on Friday after being buried under gravel while digging a ditch, prompting the operator to suspend cleanup work for safety checks.

Tokyo Electric Power Co said it was the first time a laborer had died as a direct result of an accident inside the plant since the nuclear disaster in March 2011, the world’s worst since Chernobyl in 1986. … ”

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(2) Human error blamed after spent fuel removal operations halted at Fukushima Daiichi — Enformable Nuclear News

” Tokyo Electric, the utility decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, determined that human error is the most likely cause for the alarms which stopped work removing spent fuel assemblies from the Reactor 4 spent fuel pool.

TEPCO officials believe that around 9:30 AM on Wednesday, a worker attempted to operate a crane to remove a spent fuel cask which had been loaded with 22 spent fuel assemblies from the spent fuel pool while an auxiliary brake was applied. … ”

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(3) Human errors strand robot in Fukushima Daiichi reactor building — Enformable Nuclear News

” Tokyo Electric announced today that the “Warrior” robot, designed and engineered in the United States, tipped over during an inspection of the Unit 2 reactor building two weeks ago and could not be retrieved due a dead battery.

On March 13th, the “Warrior” robot was one of several robots collecting samples of the concrete floor on the fifth floor of the reactor building directly above the reactor containment vessel. … ”

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