Industrial accident at US nuclear plant kills one

2 April 2013

A "significant industrial accident" occurred at Entergy's Arkansas Nuclear One on 31 March, leading to one fatality and leaving eight workers injured.

The accident occurred when a generator stator, weighing around 600 tons, fell as it was being moved out of the turbine building, Entergy said.

The falling stator damaged a fire main and electrical equipment. However, the plant's emergency diesel generators started and power was quickly restored to the decay heat removal systems.

At the time of the event, unit 1 was in a refueling outage. Unit 2, which was operating at full power, shut down automatically when power was lost.

Both plants are now in a stable shutdown condition and there is no danger to the public.

Entergy said its greatest sympathy is with the family and friends of the employee who lost his life, and with those who sustained injuries.

Photo: Arkansas Nuclear One, courtesy Entergy Nuclear

Privacy Policy
We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.