Worker death reported at Hope Creek nuclear plant

A worker has died after collapsing late April 21 at the PSEG (NYSE:PEG) Hope Creek nuclear station in Salem County, N.J.

The death is being attributed to medical causes not related to the person’s work at the roughly 1,150 MW boiling water reactor (BWR) facility, according to a report filed April 22 with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Hope Creek was already out-of-service for a planned refueling and maintenance outage at the time of the fatal episode.

“At approximately 2330 [EDT] on April 21, 2015, a worker collapsed in the turbine building inside the protected area. Initial response by on-site responders found the person unresponsive,” according to event notification report filed with NRC.

“Subsequent response by off-site medical responders determined the person had died and the station was notified at approximately 0130 on April 22, 2015. The fatality was due to an apparent personal medical issue and not work related. The individual was not contaminated. The individual was transported off-site via onsite Site Protection personnel. Plant operation was not impacted by the event,” according to the NRC report.

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