The Yomiuri Shimbun
A heart attack is believed to be the cause of death of a worker who collapsed on the job at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant Saturday morning, hospital sources said.
A computed tomography and a blood test indicated the man, who was in his 60s, died of a cardiac infarction, the hospital told The Yomiuri Shimbun, adding it was unlikely that radiation had caused his death.
Meanwhile, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. explained at a press conference that no doctor was available at the plant when the man collapsed at about 6:50 a.m. after complaining of feeling ill. TEPCO official Junichi Matsumoto said, "We'd like to take all possible measures to ensure our workers' good health in the coming summer."
TEPCO said it has assigned one doctor to the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant and four doctors to J Village, a base for workers' activities at nuclear power plants, to stand by around the clock. However, the utility has stationed one doctor for just six hours a day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant due to concern over the doctor's exposure to radiation.
(May. 16, 2011)