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Workers contaminated with radiation at South African nuclear plant

The Democratic Alliance has accused Eskom of mishandling the contamination and risking the health of workers.

Koeberg workers contaminated, News24: South Africa: News, 2010-09-20 Koeberg shut down due to corrosion Johannesburg – A total of 91 Eskom workers were contaminated with a small amount of radiation while doing maintenance work at the Koeberg power plant, the parastatal said on Monday.

During maintenance on Koeberg Unit One, 91 workers tested positive for cobalt 58 as they left the site on September 12, said Eskom spokesperson Karen de Villiers.

The workers then had body scans to search for the radiation. It is believed that they were contaminated with airborne radiation, possibly from dust particles.

The site was shut down for two days while tests were conducted

The Democratic Alliance has accused Eskom of mishandling the contamination and risking the health of workers.

“The DA has been informed by an inside source at Koeberg that workers at the plant were not immediately evacuated, contrary to the claims by an Eskom spokesperson……Van Dalen said Eskom was ‘downplaying’ the matter and the party would ask the government for an inquiry.

“It is concerning that Eskom would downplay this matter. It is clear that an investigation needs to take place, to ensure that any mistakes that have occurred are not repeated,” he said.

Koeberg workers contaminated: News24: South Africa: News

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