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Contamination fears after Fukushima workers doused with radioactive water

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Contamination fears after Fukushima workers doused with radioactive water

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Six workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have been exposed to radioactive water. The incident happened after one of them mistakenly removed a pipe connected to a water treatment system at the facility. Several tonnes of contaminated water was released, some of which doused the employees.

Masayuki Ono, general manager at the Tokyo Electric Company said: “Six people have been irradiated. It is true that big mistakes like this continue to happen again and again. It is essential that we put something in place to stop this chain of events.

TEPCO says the tainted water was contained within the facility. The company has been battling to contain radioactive water at the damaged site since the plant suffered triple meltdowns and hydrogen explosions following the twin earthquake/tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.