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“Germany’s 3 Mile Island?” Nuclear Power Plant Crane Accident

Posted by nahets on July 31, 2008

How important is proper crane operator certification and crane training?  This accident recently shut down two nuclear power plant reactors in Germany.

Germany’s oldest nuclear reactor was recently shut down as a result of a crane accident.  The operator of the Biblis nuclear power plant said the turbine linked to reactor B was automatically turned off after the crane clipped a high-voltage cable during construction work at a water treatment plant.

A crane, remotely controlled struck power lines outside a nuclear plant station by southern city Biblis, with the consequent closure of one of the two reactors, the press reported Wednesday.

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