Welcome to the last newsletter of 2015. This has been a great year full of challenging new projects that we were able to share with you in case studies. This quarterâ€™s feature is on something a bit different â€“ the Fukushima nuclear disaster. We have delved into the before, during, and after of the Tsunami that caused the disaster to answer this question: Is nuclear power safe?
In addition to our article, Fukushima: Before, During, and After the Tsunami, we are continuing our Spotlight on Safety series with the topic of lockout, tag out. Take the quiz to see if you know what you need to know about the lockout, tag out process.
President, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems
Fukushima: Before, During, & After the Tsunami
The earthquake, subsequent tsunami, and nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima, Japan is seared into our memories ever since March 11, 2011. The tsunami that caused the nuclear power plant disaster killed 19,000 people in one fell swoop. At the same time, the tsunami swept away the emergency diesel generators that are used to cool the nuclear power plant reactors in case of power failure. This allowed for a complete nuclear meltdown. It was the perfect recipe for disaster.
Picture this scenario: A maintenance worker turns off a machine to climb inside and start working on a part. Another worker sees the machine is off, and switches it back on - not seeing the maintenance worker inside the machine. The worker is crushed, maimed, or worse as the machine activates.